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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thomas Blanton’s response to Bill Crawford column

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Response to Bill Crawford column: July 19, 2015 (BILL CRAWFORD: Blanton, court make higher rates likely for MPC customers) Misinformation is the worst kind. Mississippi Power used to be a beloved part of South Mississippi. However their corporate culture has transformed itself over the past few years. In the past it did not threaten its customers, subject its customers to ...

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Price, numbers are up for beef cattle in state

Shade from the summer sun is necessary to keep cattle cool and their food intake high. These cattle were at the Mississippi State University Leveck Animal Research Center in Starkville July 8, 2015. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)

  STARKVILLE — Record beef cattle prices are making Mississippi producers happy to be in the business this summer. Brian Williams, a Mississippi State University Extension Service agricultural economist, said 400- to 500-pound Mississippi calves are selling for $282.50 per hundredweight, and 700- to 800-pound steers are selling for $200 per hundredweight. “Mississippi feeder cattle prices are higher this year than a ...

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Seraphim Solar to build manufacturing facility in Jackson; says will create up to 250 jobs

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Chinese solar panel maker Seraphim Solar announced Wednesday that it will invest $50 million to open its first U.S. factory in Jackson. The company said it will hire 250 workers over its first five years to assemble solar modules. City spokeswoman Shelia Byrd said the city is in final negotiations on incentives, but said she didn’t know when an agreement ...

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Madison named best place to live in Mississippi

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According to homesnacks.com, Madison is the best place to live in Mississippi. The website also seemed to like town that were a suburb of Jackson, while not necessarily liking Jackson. Here is some of that the website had to say … Mississippi is a truly glorious state. A place of historical relevance, high religious identity, deep cultural roots, and perhaps, ...

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Ole Miss earthquake expert explains Madison tremors

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Although Mississippi residents are unaccustomed to earthquakes, such as the 3.2 magnitude earthquake that shook Madison County the morning of June 29, the state is no stranger to earthquakes, said Charles Swann, associate director for state programs at the Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute. Swann’s research on earthquakes at the MMRI shows that the state has a number of epicenters running ...

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MDA names new deputy director, Mike McGreavey

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Mississippi Development Authority has announced Mike McGrevey has joined the agency as deputy director, effective July 6. McGrevey comes to MDA from the city of Meridian, where he served as chief administrative officer responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the city, including economic development and working to improve the city’s  infrastructure. “Mike has a proven track record and a remarkable professional ...

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Catfish producers see lower costs, high demand

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RAYMOND — High consumer demand and lower input costs have Mississippi catfish farmers filling their ponds to the brim. “Consumer demand has stayed pretty high, and that has farmers stocking at high rates, even though pond acreage is down by almost 8 percent from last year,” said Jimmy Avery, Extension aquaculture professor at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center ...

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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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