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Mississippi ranked 14th in Rich States/Poor States Index

ARLINGTON, Va. — A new report on economic competitiveness ranks Mississippi 14th in the nation. The findings were released Tuesday by the American Legislative Exchange Council. The Rich States, Poor States report looks as 15 basic economic policies and how legislative action and state regulations affect them from state-to-state. Those include various tax rates, regulatory burdens and labor policies. The ...

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Entergy Corporation ups earnings expectations

NEW ORLEANS — Entergy Corporation expects first quarter 2014 as-reported earnings of approximately $2.23 per share and operational earnings of approximately $2.28 per share. Results for first quarter 2013 were $0.90 per share on an as-reported basis and $0.94 per share on an operational basis. First quarter 2014 earnings resulted from significantly higher realized wholesale energy prices at Entergy Wholesale ...

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Mississippi State makes NSF ranking of research universities

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University continues to rank among the nation’s top research universities, according to a new survey by the National Science Foundation. The recently released NSF Higher Education Research and Development Survey for Fiscal Year 2012 places the university at 92nd overall among public and private institutions, based on $233.2 million in total research and development expenditures. At ...

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Ex-city worker arrested on false pretense charge

PICAYUNE — State Auditor Stacey Pickering reports that Gregory Kerr, a former employee with the City of Picayune Public Works department, has been arrested by special agents from the State Auditor’s Office and was booked at the Pearl River County Jail yesterday. He was indicted on one felony count of false statements and representations and one felony count of false ...

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USM-Gulf Park sets new graduate enrollment record

LONG BEACH — The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach has reached record enrollment in its master’s degree programs. For the spring 2014 semester, a total of 361 graduate students are working to earn one of 11 master’s degrees available to students at the university’s Gulf Park campus. “An expanding number of career paths require graduate ...

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Natchez Trace continues to attract more visitors

Seems more and more people are discovering the beauty of a ride along the Natchez Trace. The Natchez Trace Parkway experienced an increase in March recreational visits in 2014 over 2013 figures. This year, 491,577 people used the Parkway in March, compared to 349, 273 who were counted in 2013.” Compared to last year, Parkway visitations were also up in ...

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Family launches Billups Coffee with headquarters in Oxford

OXFORD — Billups Coffee has launched in Oxford, continuing a longtime Billups family tradition of entrepreneurship in the South. Mississippi natives as well as alumni and supporters of Ole Miss Guy and Hattie Billups founded Billups Coffee and decided to headquarter the company’s operations in their hometown of Oxford. The Billups family founded Billups Petroleum in Mississippi in the late ...

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Entergy gives $500K grant to The Nature Conservancy

NEW ORLEANS — Environmental innovators in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas are implementing solutions for the management of the mid-South’s natural and environmental resources through a $500,000 grant from Entergy Corporation to The Nature Conservancy. With support from Entergy’s Environmental Initiatives Fund and other grant programs, the projects are engineered to make a positive difference in habitat, water purification and ...

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Specialty Crop Block Grants now available through MDAC

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce is now accepting proposals for Mississippi’s FY 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to enhance the competitiveness of Mississippi’s specialty crop industry. Projects funded through the program must address at least one of the following priority areas: research, education/training/technical assistance, promotion/marketing or food safety/product handling. ...

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Chaney drops lawsuit against National Flood Insurance Program

JACKSON — The state of Mississippi’s lawsuit against the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) will be withdrawn pending the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) implementation of a new law passed by Congress “intended to alleviate some of the draconian rate increases facing Mississippi homeowners,” Commissioner of Insurance Mike Chaney said. Chaney and the Mississippi Insurance Department filed suit Sept. 26, ...

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