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Vinod Khosla's Range Fuels has declared bankruptcy

Range Fuels, a manufacturing startup that planned to convert wood chips to cellulosic ethanol has declared bankruptcy, Bloomberg reports. The company was heavily backed by venture capitalist Vinod Khosla, whose Khosla Ventures is also backing four green energy startups to which the Mississippi legislature has authorized tens of millions in state aid: Soladigm, KiOR, Stion and HCL Cleantech. Range Fuels ...

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Cities realize hike-bike trails good for local economy

>> MDOT awards $3 million for metro area improvements Cities are realizing that hike and bike trails are not only important for citizens’ quality of life but are also a powerful economic development tools. Recently, the cities of Jackson, Ridgeland and Flowood received a collective total of $3.1 million for pedestrian trail enhancements awarded through the Mississippi Department of Transportation. ...

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Q&A: Ralph Smith, President of edaptIT.com

Long-time Mississippi resident Ralph Smith is president of Jackson-based edaptIT.com. To streamline his own online selling processes, Smith developed edaptIT software to better manage the backend aspects of selling online through multiple channels, such as eBay, Amazon and Buy.com. EdaptIT has four employees and is raising additional capital. He and wife Martha have three children. Q — What led you to ...

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Cities realize hike-bike trails good for local economy

Cities are realizing that hike and bike trails are not only important for citizens’ quality of life but are also a powerful economic development tools. Recently, the cities of Jackson, Ridgeland and Flowood received a collective total of $3.1 million for pedestrian trail enhancements awarded through the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Jackson received $1.1 million to build a new hike ...

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Former Gov. Bill Waller dies

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Gov. William Waller Sr., 85, died Wednesday. On Tuesday Waller was admitted to St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, his law office confirmed. Waller served as governor from 1972-76 — a time when Mississippi governors were limited to one term. He ran unsuccessfully for the state’s highest office in 1967, but went on to win the 1971 ...

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Former Gov. Bill Waller dies

JACKSON — Former Mississippi Gov. William Waller Sr., 85, died today. On Tuesday Waller was admitted to St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, his law office confirmed. Waller served as governor from 1972-76 — a time when Mississippi governors were limited to one term. He ran unsuccessfully for the state’s highest office in 1967, but went on to win the 1971 ...

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Miss. leaders focus on startups for job growth

Economic downtown is a great time for startups to begin and flourish Dynamism in the economy comes from new businesses, but the bad news is new business creation has dropped over the past five years. However, Americans can take comfort in the fact that “50 percent of our largest companies today were founded in either a bear market or in ...

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Q&A: Ginger Whitwell , President and CEO, The Donor Tree

Ginger Whitwell is president and CEO of The Donor Tree, an online marketing tool targeted to political and nonprofit causes that integrates social media and e-mail and tracks donations raised. Whitwell has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from the University of Mississippi and University of Southern Mississippi, respectively, and has a background in fundraising. The Donor Tree operates from ...

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Economic downturn is a great time for startups to begin and flourish

Dynamism in the economy comes from new businesses, but the bad news is new business creation has dropped over the past five years. However, Americans can take comfort in the fact that “50 percent of our largest companies today were founded in either a bear market or in a recession,” said Robert Litan, a senior fellow with The Brookings Institution, ...

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‘Barge’ film explores life on Miss. River

At the busy New Orleans Riverwalk, tourists take in the size and scope of the Mississippi River as immense ships travel one of the world’s busiest ports. Naval and Coast Guard ships navigate past tows and tugs. Blue-water and brown-water crews eye each other cautiously, and an old steamboat is visible in the distance. So opens a Mississippi filmmaker’s work ...

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