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Moss Point riding leading edge with Northrop Grumman

MOSS POINT, Mississippi — If you want an industry firmly entrenched in the future, it’s hard to pick one better than unmanned systems. And if you want a leader in the field, Northrop Grumman is at the front of the high-tech pack. Northrop Grumman, which builds some of the largest and most capable unmanned aerial systems in the world, established a key production ...

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CRAWFORD: Most state workers can’t get a break

By Bill Crawford State employees can’t get a break. Well, most can’t. In 2012, Mississippi had 58,135 state employees earning an average salary of $41,870, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A Pew Charitable Trusts study reported this was significantly higher than the $35,263 average private sector salary in Mississippi. Couple this with the state’s generous retirement plan – ...

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Miss. lawmakers competing in charity cook-off

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are competing in a barbecue-versus-catfish cook-off to raise money for veterans’ groups. The competition takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Mississippi Farmers Market near the state fairgrounds in downtown Jackson. It’s open to the public. Two senators who own restaurants, Democrat Willie Simmons of Cleveland and Republican Tony Smith of Picayune, will ...

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C Spire wins Loyalty360 award for customer rewards program

PERCS, C Spire’s customer rewards initiative, was honored today with a top platinum award as one of the world’s best customer loyalty rewards programs during the 7th annual Loyalty Expo sponsored by Loyalty360 – The Loyalty Marketer’s Association. C Spire was one of four finalists, including Dell, Global Hotel Alliance and HON HONORS, in the “Best Use of Customer Insight ...

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Sauce from The Shed causing rift at White House?

A pair of Coast restaurateurs have found out that one of their products is being served at a rather high-profile place — the White House. The owners of The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint say they couldn’t be happier to know that Vice President Joe Biden requests the White House chef to cook his barbecue with their Original Southern Sweet ...

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Commercial fishermen now need endorsement for seatrout

GULF OF MEXICO — Beginning May 1, commercial fishermen will be required to obtain an endorsement along with their commercial fishing license in order to harvest spotted seatrout. The endorsement is $10, and fishermen must complete an application showing that $5,000 of seafood product was sold in any 12 consecutive-month period. That proof can include copies of sales records along ...

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Beauvoir director, board members resign over 'direction'

BILOXI — The executive director Beauvoir, the last home of Jefferson Davis, and two members of the historic property’s board have resigned. Bertram Hayes-Davis, the great-great-grandson of the president of the Confederacy, said there was a disagreement on the direction of the property between his team and the Beauvoir board. Hayes-Davis resigned effective March 3. Hayes-Davis and his wife, Carol, ...

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Lawmakers say no to cities' request for new sales tax

It appears two Mississippi cities will not receive authority to enact a new sales tax. A Senate chairman said Friday that Mississippi lawmakers won’t authorize Hattiesburg or Greenville to set a 1 percent local sales tax, as the two cities requested. “We’re not going to do that,” Local and Private Committee Chairman Perry Lee, R-Mendenhall, told The Associated Press. Legislative ...

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Senators urge Commerce to enforce antidumping of Asian fish

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mississippi’s senators are encouraging the U.S. Department of Commerce to uphold a fair trade decision that begins to protect U.S. catfish producers from underpriced frozen fish fillets from Vietnam. In a letter to Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, a bipartisan group of senators, including Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), have asked the commerce secretary ...

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Ingalls gets contract modification for building destroyer

PASCAGOULA — Huntington Ingalls Industries has been awarded $601 million for construction of a destroyer, DDG 119, at its shipyard in Pascagoula. The destroyer is part of a $3.3 billion contract the Pascagoula facility was awarded last June to build five DDG 51 Class ships. The modification announced Friday also provides $79.4 million in advanced procurement funding for the fiscal ...

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