Archive for August 23rd, 2010

Barbour mum on project behind special session

JACKSON — Lawmakers will return to the Capitol this week to consider an incentive package for a $500 million economic development project. Gov. Haley Barbour announced an Aug. 27 special session late last week. Barbour says in a news release the project will have locations around the state and create 1,000 direct and indirect jobs […] [...]

OSHA sites Calumet plant for alleged violations

by Published: August 23,2010

Tags: manufacturing, workplace safety

SHREVEPORT, La. — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued citations to Calumet Shreveport Lubricants & Waxes, LLC, of Shreveport, La., for 22 alleged serious violations and two alleged repeat violations of federal health and safety regulations. Penalties total $173,000.

 “This is not the first time this company has jeopardized the safety of […] [...]

Geography to play role in oil spill claim payments

GULF COAST — Details released last Friday about how claims will be paid from BP PLC’s $20-billion fund show that how close geographically a person or business is to the Gulf oil spill will play a key role. The claims process is shifting from BP to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility effective Monday. It will […] [...]

Shrimp catch way down, but not prices

GULF OF MEXICO — Shrimp landings may be way below average this season, but the quality of Gulf shrimp is still good.

 Shrimping began on time when state waters opened June 3. Because of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, partial closures were implemented beginning June 8. By July 1, state waters had completely closed.

 “With […] [...]

TVA earmarks money for nuclear reactor

by Published: August 23,2010

Tags: electricity, energy, nuclear power, utilities

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The board of directors for the Tennessee Valley Authority approved nearly $250 million toward the possible reopening one of its nuclear reactors in Alabama. The board last Friday in Knoxville approved the fiscal year 2011 budget that included $248 million to fund the initial engineering design and site preparation for Unit 1 […] [...]

ADP kicks off ‘Competitive Edge’ campaign

HATTIESBURG — The Area Development Partnership (ADP) has launched Competitive Edge, the new fundraising initiative to underwrite an economic and community development program in the Greater Hattiesburg Area over the next five years. Competitive Edge, which is the third program of its kind for the ADP, will provide funding for economic development services, marketing for […] [...]

Mass layoffs in U.S. fell in July

by Published: August 23,2010

Tags: employment, layoffs, unemployment

Employers in the U.S. took 1,609 mass layoff actions in July that resulted in the separation of 143,703 workers, seasonally adjusted, as measured by new filings for unemployment insurance benefits during the month, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. The number of mass layoff events in July decreased by 38 from the prior month, […] [...]

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