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New plans for Costco gas pumps closer to plaintiffs?

By JACK WEATHERLY Costco Wholesale has maintained that it would “move forward” with a plan to build a store in Ridgeland since the state Supreme Court ruled in April that the city ordinance that was crafted to accommodate the project was illegal. Now the plan has been revealed, though not in detail. The store would still be built on the ...

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Full-service grocery slated for downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY A key piece of the puzzle for revitalizing downtown Jackson is ready to be put in place. A grocery will be installed in the 366,000-square-foot Landmark Center on Capital St. at Lamar St., according to Dyke Nelson, chief operating officer of WN Management of Baton Rouge, which manages and directs the redevelopment of the building. Hattiesburg-based Roberts ...

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C Spire event offers windows to the future

By JACK WEATHERLY To hear Randi Zuckerberg tell it, she has achieved her career goals in spite of herself. Of course, it didn’t hurt that she had help early in her career from her famous brother, Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief officer of Facebook. But Randi really wanted to be a performer. However, that got torpedoed when a performing arts ...

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Toyota to invest $170 million, add 400 jobs at Mississippi plant

By JACK WEATHERLY Toyota announced Thursday it will invest $170 million in its Blue Springs plant and create 400 jobs to build the 12th generation Corolla. The investment in the new Toyota New Global Architecture enables the assembly plant to stay competitive globally. “We will be able to respond quicker and be more flexible in order to meet market demands down the road,” Toyota Mississippi President Sean ...

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Costco without gas pumps seen as a possibility

By JACK WEATHERLY A week after the Mississippi Supreme Court struck down rezoning that would have accommodated a Costco Wholesale store planned for Ridgeland the status of the project remains in the dark. Speculation is that the ruling simply would not allow the store on Highland Colony Parkway to have gasoline pumps, but that the 100,000-square-foot store could move forward. That interpretation is apparently based, at ...

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Director: Gulfport port work nearing completion, jobs ‘trend’ positive

By Jack Weatherly Completion of the restoration and expansion of the Port of Gulfport, begun during the administration of then-Gov. Haley Barbour, is about six months away, and jobs creation is “trending” toward meeting the terms of nearly $570 million from the federal government. That is the assessment of Jonathan Daniels, executive director of the port. Daniels said in an interview Tuesday that rebuilding and ...

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Manufacturing pushes state’s economy for February

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com The Mississippi Manufacturing Employment Index surged in February by 6.4 percent over January – the largest monthly increase in nearly a quarter century, according to the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning’s University Research Center. That was 2.6 percent higher than a year earlier, according to the report. “The average weekly hours of work of production employees ...

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Job skills, education emphasized at MEC meeting

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) is all about jobs and education. For that reason, speakers at the council’s annual meeting on Thursday talked and about where Mississippi stands in those categories. STAR students (the MEC’s Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition Program) were lauded and Gov. Phil Bryant ran down a litany of rankings that show that the state is ...

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