SpaceX, Stennis officially open new rocket test stand

HANCOCK COUNTY — Private space exploration firm SpaceX and the Stennis Space Center have cut the ribbon on an improved rocket engine test stand. SpaceX, based in Hawthorne, Calif., is supposed to conduct initial testing this year of its new Raptor engines, which will be powered by methane and liquid oxygen. “We’re no stranger to […]

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After review, MSU moves forward on new research facility

STARKVILLE — Officials at Mississippi State are moving forward with plans to create a new collaborative research center after competing successfully through two rounds of review by the National Science Foundation. A planning grant for the initiative was awarded late last month. The NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Advanced Composites in Transportation Vehicles…

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BancorpSouth posts healthier quarterly profit

TUPELO — Regional bank BancorpSouth Corp. saw profit rise for the third quarter in a row, jumping 37 percent in 2014′s first quarter from the same three months in 2013. BancorpSouth posted quarterly profit yesterday of $28.4 million, or 30 cents per share. That’s up from $20.8 million or 22 cents per share in 2013′s…

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Acco Brands investing $1.6M, adding 162 workers

BOONEVILLE — Acco Brands will add a 162-employee call center at its Booneville factory and distribution center. The company announced the $1.6 million investment yesterday. The state of Mississippi will give Acco $150,000 to modify a building, and the Tennessee Valley Authority will also assist. The company, based in Lake Zurich, Ill., makes office supplies…

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Gulf LNG terminal mulling export opportunities

PASCAGOULA — A Pascagoula shipping terminal opened in 2011 to import liquefied natural gas now is working to become an export terminal. The nationwide shale boom has cut imports by three-quarters since the $1.1 billion Gulf LNG terminal opened near the Bayou Casotte Ship Channel. More than 431 billion cubic feet of liquefied natural gas…

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American HealthTech passes Medicare tests

JACKSON — American HealthTech, a Jackson-based leader in LTPAC EHR, has passed the ICD-10 claim test for Medicare Billing 837i and Form CMS-UB04, along with passing testing with all Medicare fiscal intermediaries, the private insurance companies that serve as the federal government’s agents in the administration of the Medicare program. These recent advances ensure AHT…

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ALAN TURNER — McClain Lodge is an entrepreneurial family affair

Joni and Buddy McClain are tested, successful entrepreneurs after forming a company operating more than 60 Sonic locations and opening the McClain Lodge. Joni and Buddy McClain are a great Mississippi success story. When we met recently at their property, the McClain Lodge (located on Clark Creek Road in Brandon), we discussed their various business…

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Secretary of State’s Office transitioning to new location

Delbert Hosemann JACKSON — At 5 p.m. on April 24, the Secretary of State’s Office will close its 700 North Street location and will reopen April 29 at Capital Towers, located at 125 South Congress Street in Jackson. Individuals needing assistance April 25 will need to visit the Secretary of State’s Office location at 401…

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After review, MSU moves forward on new research facility

STARKVILLE — Officials at Mississippi State are moving forward with plans to create a new collaborative research center after competing successfully through two rounds of review by the National Science Foundation. A planning grant for the initiative was awarded late last month. The NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Advanced Composites in Transportation Vehicles…

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Cotton to take center stage during MSU summit

STARKVILLE — From entrepreneurs to designers, anyone interested in cotton textiles will learn something more about the market at Mississippi State University’s upcoming Cotton Summit. The three-day free educational opportunity, April 22-24, will be held at locations throughout campus. Sessions will be led by a range of professionals who know the ins and outs of…

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