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The Latest: Official: Delta State shooting suspect not on campus

Police and emergency personnel outside of Jobe Hall at Delta State where one person has been killed during a shooting.

A professor was killed in his office at Delta State University in Mississippi, an official said Monday, and the campus remained on lockdown with the shooter still believed to be on the loose. Bolivar County Deputy Coroner Murray Roark said history professor Ethan Schmidt was killed inside an office in Jobe Hall. It was not immediately clear if anyone else ...

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Delta State conference brings renowned speakers

CLEVELAND — Officials with two of the country’s largest charitable foundations will be speakers at Delta State University’s annual race relations conference. The conference will be held March 30-31 on the Delta State campus in Cleveland. This year’s conference is titled “Winning the Race: Through Hearts & Minds. A Conversation on Building Connected Communities.” La June Montgomery Tabron, president and ...

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Former MBJ editor, co-owner Buddy Bynum dead at 59

RIDGELAND — James L. “Buddy” Bynum, former editor and co-owner of the Mississippi Business Journal and a former aide to Gov. Haley Barbour and former Sen. Trent Lott, has died at his home in Ridgeland. He was 59. Family members said Bynum died Saturday of complications of pancreatic cancer. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the Chapel of ...

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DRMC receives national award

Avatar International, an industry leader in healthcare quality improvement services, recently recognized its award winning hospital partners in 2009. Delta Regional Medical Center has been awarded Avatar International’s Most Improved – Loyalty and Endorsement – Inpatient award. In making the announcement, David Medvedeff, PharmD, MBA, CEO of Avatar said, “I congratulate Delta Regional Medical Center for their commitment and dedication ...

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Rite-Hite Corporation to locate operations in Horn Lake

Rite-Hite Corporation to Locate Operations in Horn Lake Rite-Hite Corporation, a worldwide leader in the development, manufacture and sale of loading dock safety systems and industrial door solutions, has announced plans to relocate a manufacturing facility to Horn Lake, Miss., bringing more than 50 manufacturing jobs to the state. “On behalf of the City of Horn Lake, we would like ...

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Burlington Northern Santa Fe to expand

Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) will complete a $200 million intermodal expansion later this year, and it is expected to have a positive economic impact on the Memphis-area industrial market.  The expanded operations, which include additional railroad tracks and electric cranes for stacking containers, could begin as early as October 1. The expansion could impact the industrial market by helping ...

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Fraenkel Furniture expands operations

Fraenkel Furniture, a fixture in Olive Branch for more than 20 years, has expanded its manufacturing operations.  In 2008, the company added its Advantage upholstery manufacturing line to the facility, which already produced a full line of Englander and U.S.A. mattresses.  The expansion was the second for the 375,000-square-foot facility since opening in 1992.  In addition to manufacturing upholstered furniture ...

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Smiths Medical expanding

Smiths Medical, a leading global provider of medical products, is expanding its DeSoto County operations by moving to a larger facility in the Crossroads Distribution Center in Olive Branch. The move will consolidate distribution operations formerly located in Southaven and San Diego. Smiths Medical manufactures medical devices, and the 239,863-square-foot Olive Branch facility will distribute products such as drug pumps, ...

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