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Cochran announces $220M helicopter contract in Miss.

by Published: February 17,2015

Tags: Business, military, Mississippi, NEWS, Thad Cochran

COLUMBUS — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., says the U.S. Army has approved a $220.5 million contract for the production of UH-72A Lakota helicopters in Columbus. The contract to Airbus Defense and Space, Inc. is for the procurement of 41 Lakota helicopters equipped with Airborne Radio Communications 231 radios. Congress approved $401.6 million overall for […] [...]

Natchez hospital plan awaits state comment

by Published: February 16,2015

Tags: Business, healthcare, Mississippi, Natchez, NEWS

NATCHEZ — The Natchez Hospital Company is awaiting a staff recommendation from the Mississippi Department of Health to approve or disapprove its application to make millions of dollars in renovations to Natchez Regional Medical Center. The Natchez Democrat reports the company applied in December for certificates of need to reopen the cardiac catheterization lab and […] [...]

Potential field taking shape for Nunnelee’s vacant Miss. House seat

HERNANDO  — Speculation has begun in earnest over who will succeed the late Alan Nunnelee in Mississippi’s First District House seat, and conventional wisdom is that DeSoto County will play a key role in determining who North Mississippi’s next congressman will be. At least three DeSoto County names — Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson, state Sen. […] [...]

Belhaven looks forward to University Village opening

by Published: February 16,2015

Tags: Belhaven University, Business, education, Mississippi, NEWS

JACKSON — Construction of a $7 million residence hall that began in September at Belhaven University is nearing completion, and students are looking foward to its availability in August. The three-story, U-shaped building will house 132 students, both men and women, in apartment-style units. Each unit will include four bedrooms, two full baths, a kitchen […] [...]

Sewage injury lawsuit returned to Oktibbeha County

by Published: February 16,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, sewage, STARKVILLE

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has reversed a lower court ruling that granted immunity to the city of Starkville over maintenance of its sewage system. Taghi “Ted” Boroujerdi filed the $500,000 lawsuit when he fell at his home after sewage backed up into his house in 2009. He argued the city had a responsibility […] [...]

Cumberland to vote on incentives for Sanderson Farms plant

by Published: February 16,2015

Tags: Business, Chicken, Mississippi, NEWS, North Carolina, Sanderson Farms

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners is voting on an incentives package for a $95 million chicken processing plant, but they may be too late. The Fayetteville Observer reports commissioners are scheduled to vote Monday night on whether to approve $2.5 million in incentives for a Sanderson Farms’ plant. But officials in […] [...]

Ridgeland limits pot, e-cigs in businesses

RIDGELAND — The city of Ridgeland is putting restrictions on businesses seeking permits to sell electronic cigarettes. The restrictions are the same as those put on pawn shops, nail salons and tattoo parlors. Future businesses that wish to open up retail stores for electronic cigarettes will go through a longer permitting process before receiving a […] [...]

A Q&A: Borsig says he never planned on leading university system

by Published: February 16,2015

Tags: Business, Columbus, education, Jim Borsig, Mississippi, MUW, NEWS

JACKSON — Jim Borsig is the ultimate insider, having worked at three of Mississippi’s eight public universities. He also served as an associate commissioner on the College Board’s staff before becoming president of the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus in 2012. The board on Thursday named Borsig as higher education commissioner for the state’s […] [...]

Town of Lake to annex land along Interstate 20 in Scott Co.

by Published: February 16,2015

Tags: Business, Mississippi, NEWS, Politics

LAKE — A Scott County judge has approved the town of Lake plan to annex 20 acres southwest of Interstate 20 where Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores wants to locate. Chancery Judge David Clark signed an order earlier this month to grant the town’s annexation petition. The landowner had agreed to the annexation. Steve […] [...]

Miss. State hoops team back home after plane engine blowout

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State men’s basketball team had to take a bus home to Starkville after an engine failed on the team plane, forcing an emergency landing in St. Louis. The team left suburban Festus at 8:30 a.m. Sunday and arrived in Starkville at 3:30 p.m., team spokesman Gregg Ellis said. Most of the […] [...]

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