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Big win for Miss. tourism with hosting ‘SEC Championship of Barrel Races’

STARKVILLE, Mississippi — The eyes of the barrel-racing nation will turn to the Mississippi Horse Park in Starkville on Oct. 17.   A barrel racing qualifying event for The American, a major national rodeo, comes to Starkville Oct. 17. The Mississippi State University facility will host a qualifying event for The American, a major national rodeo. Parts of the qualifier ...

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Fisher stepping down as MDEQ executive director

Special to the MBBJ Trudy Fisher, Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), announced today that she is leaving the agency this year. “I informed Gov. Bryant earlier today that I planned on stepping down from my position sometime late this summer,” Fisher said in a news release. “I feel good about where things are at MDEQ ...

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Medical Assurance's ratings upgraded by A.M. Best

RIDGELAND — A.M. Best has upgraded the financial strength rating to “A (Excellent)” from “A- (Excellent)” and issuer credit rating to “a” from “a-” of Medical Assurance Company of Mississippi (MACM). The outlook for both ratings has been revised to “stable” from “positive.” A.M. Best wrote: “The ratings of MACM are reflective of its strong risk-adjusted capitalization, its history of ...

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Poirier promoted to VP at Ameristar Vicksburg

Special to the MBJ VICKSBURG, Mississippi – Jaque Poirier has been named Vice President of Casino Operations at Ameristar Casino Hotel in Vicksburg, casino officials announced today in a news release. Poirier previously was director of casino 0perations at Ameristar in Blackhawk, Col., since 2006. In his new role, he will oversee operations in table games, slots and the poker ...

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ANDERSON: Sex, drugs and old age

Clayton Kelly and his friends must be quite stupid. Don’t they know that, beyond a certain age, no one cares about your sex life. In fact, beyond a certain age, ANYone with a sex life is lauded. Hallelujah! Hope for us all! But, we don’t want to talk about it! Sen. Thad Cochran is 76 years old. I don’t want to ...

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Camgian to launch Egburt at D.C. summit in October

STARKVILLE — Camgian Microsystems Corporation intends to bring edge computing to the Internet of Things (IoT) market through a new category of device to be released this October. The device, called Egburt, will offer enterprises a new way to implement IoT solutions where all crucial data and real-time, actionable analytics remain local with higher-level information processing, visualization and distribution performed in ...

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Farm bill creates new critical conservation areas

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi has two new conservation partnerships aimed at ensuring the long-term viability of the Mississippi River and the long leaf pine forests to the state. Large portions of Mississippi are included in two of the eight Critical Conservation Areas (CCA) authorized under the 2014 farm bill as part of a significant reform of U.S. Department of Agriculture ...

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Tulane expands offerings to include master of liberal arts

Mississippians wanting to earn a graduate degree now have another choice. Tulane University’s Madison Campus is now offering students the opportunity to earn a master of liberal arts (MLA) degree. The MLA program at Tulane’s School of Continuing Studies exposes students to a wide range of cognitive abilities and human experiences by offering courses in many academic disciplines including anthropology, ...

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After 30 years, state gives Vicksburg Auditorium back to city

VICKSBURG — The state of Mississippi has returned the Vicksburg Auditorium back to the city of Vicksburg. “The state of Mississippi has no need to maintain ownership of this property,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “It is best kept in the hands of the local governing authority, which can decide the best use of the auditorium on the local ...

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Air conditioning problems shut down Coast government complex

PASCAGOULA — Three Jackson County government buildings will be closed until at least tomorrow while workers repair air conditioning systems. About 100 workers were sent home yesterday. The shutdown affects the county courthouse, the courts building and the county services complex. County administrator Brian Fulton says a backup “chiller” went out Sunday while the main chiller was being repaired. Fulton ...

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