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State’s milk production trends up as dairy numbers decline

Holstein cows graze at the Joe Bearden Dairy Research Center in Sessums, Mississippi, on June 11, 2015. Increased production and international competition are bringing down milk prices for dairy producers across the state. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)

DECATUR, Miss. — Max Anderson has set an auction date. Soon, he will sell all of his 150-cow dairy herd. Anderson will then mark the end of 38 years in the dairy business after taking over his family’s Newton County farm. After a widespread dairy economic crisis in 2009 that put him and many of his peers in debt, he ...

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BOOK BIZ — An American literary legend explores life and love

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Acclaimed short-story writer and poet Raymond Carver created a world in his writing that was much like his own hard Oregon upbringing: sparse and challenging, sparing no one heartbreak. Heavy drinkers and disillusioned people making bad choices fill Carver’s work. Credited with helping launch a resurgence in the modern American short story in the late 70s/early 80s, he died of ...

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Southern Miss, Boeing strengthen partnership with new master agreement

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The University of Southern Mississippi has fortified its long-term relationship with The Boeing Company by signing a new master agreement to serve as the technology incubator of next generation composite material systems. U.S. Senators Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran joined Gov. Phil Bryant in making the announcement that Southern Miss and Mississippi State University had been selected by Boeing to ...

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MSU’s Keenum elected vice president of the Southeastern Conference

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  STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum has been elected vice president of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) by his fellow presidents/chancellors. The action was taken Friday at the SEC’s summer meeting in Destin, Florida. Keenum will serve a term of one year in the post, succeeding the retiring University of Arkansas Chancellor G. David Gearhart. Gearhart is retiring from ...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: MDOC’s recommended award for new inmate health services contract not a money-saver

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  An April 27, 2015 article in the online version of the Mississippi Business Journal announced the Mississippi Department of Correction’s (“DOC’s”) selection of Centurion of Mississippi, LLC as its new inmate health care vendor. The new contract combines State-operated and privately run prisons under a single contract starting July 1. The article went on to state that Mississippi could ...

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Greg Word named senior vice president of Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership

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Greg Word has has been named senior vice president of the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership. Word will lead the organization’s economic development activities, as well as facilitate the Greater Jackson Alliance, the four-county economic development arm of the parent organization. Word has been with the Mississippi Development Authority the past two years.  Prior to his work with MDA, Word held positions with the ...

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Fitch: Kemper dealt another blow; downgrade pressure looms for Mississippi Power

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NEW YORK — Fitch Ratings sees mounting pressure on Mississippi Power Company’s Issuer Default Rating (IDR) following South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA)’s decision to terminate the Asset Purchase Agreement (APA) for a 15 percent ownership stake in the Kemper project. Fitch currently rates Mississippi Power’s IDR ‘A-‘ with a Negative Outlook. Fitch believes that finding another partner to replace SMEPA could ...

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Retired attorney, Lonnie Bailey, uncorks new winery in Greenwood

  Lonnie Bailey spent 32 years as an attorney with Upshaw Williams Bigger & Beckham in Greenwood, Mississippi. Even with his heavy caseload, Mr. Bailey still found time to indulge in his true passion. To friends and family, Mr. Bailey wasn’t their “lawyer friend,” he was their wine maker. “I’ve been making wine at home for years, but not enough ...

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Williams takes on role with State Workforce Investment Board

DENNIS SEID, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal After 30 years in the community college system, including the past 13 as vice president of economic and community services at Itawamba Community College, James Williams has a new job. Williams recently was named the executive director of the Mississippi’s State Workforce Board, and he hopes his experience in Northeast Mississippi will help bring ...

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Newk’s Eatery to expand in Louisiana and Texas

JACKSON — Newk’s Eatery, the fast-casual restaurant known for its culinary-driven menu and open kitchens, has announced a new development agreement with New Orleans-based Southeast Restaurant Group, founded by Elie Khoury. The operator of franchise and independent restaurants plans to open 15 Newk’s locations throughout Southern Louisiana and in Houston. With the new agreement, Southeast Restaurant Group becomes Newk’s largest franchisee. SRG ...

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