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MSU engineers cited for African water project

by Published: December 12,2014

Tags: Africa, Business, Mississippi, Mississippi State University, NEWS

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State’s student chapter of Engineers Without Borders is capturing national attention as its parent organization earns an award for international humanitarian work. Engineers Without Borders-USA recently was honored with the Engineering and Construction Contracting Association’s 2014 Spirit Award at a ceremony in Orlando, Fla. The recognition singled out the university chapter’s water […] [...]

Phosphate plant to begin shutdown

by Published: December 5,2014

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By Jack Weatherly Mississippi Phosphates Corp. will begin eliminating 175 jobs next week as it follows up on its Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition filed Oct. 27. The Pascagoula-based company said in a news release on Friday that it will stop production of diammonium phosphate early next week and that production of sulfuric acid will continue […] [...]

Where there’s smoke … there’s fired up doctors pushing lawmakers to make Mississippi a smoke-free state

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: Business, healthcare, Mississippi, NEWS, smoking

For the sake of good health, a campaign against smoking is being waged across the country. Members of the Mississippi State Medical Association have joined that fight with Physicians for a Smoke-Free Mississippi Campaign. They hope to improve the state’s statistics which currently are lagging behind other states in the number of smoke-free communities and […] [...]

Aging boomers stress health services

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: baby boomers, Business, healthcare, Mississippi, NEWS

As baby boomers age, their numbers are raising the demand for health services like never before and service providers in Mississippi and elsewhere are expanding their facilities and hiring more employees to meet the increased needs. “We’re constantly moving and growing to fill the need of taking care of those baby boomers,” said Tonya McGee, […] [...]

What are the pros of CONS? — Some states eliminate Certificates of Need, calling it barrier to competition, reduced costs

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: Business, CON, healthcare, hospitals, Mississippi, NEWS

Mississippi law requires that Certificates of Need (CON) must be granted before a hospital can be built, begin operation or expand, and for a wide range of other medical facilities and services. A CON is needed for any capital expenditure more than $1.5 million for equipment, more than $2 million for operation of a clinical […] [...]

SPEED BANKING — Mobile deposits gaining popularity among customers, banks

by Published: December 4,2014

Tags: banking, Business, finance, Mississippi, NEWS, PriorityOne, Susan Herrington

You already use your smartphone camera to take snaps of the kids, the cat and dinner at a fancy restaurant. Now, more people are taking photos of checks that they want to deposit into their bank account instead of having to go to the bank to do it. The mobile deposit service also is gaining […] [...]

WHICH WAY IS UP? High stock market values are at odds with nation’s lackluster economy

During the stock market crash of 2008-2009, Dow Jones investors lost on average half the value of their investments. But those who stuck with it have since seen stocks rebound about 270 percent since then. “With the exception of the 17 percent decline in the summer of 2011, volatility has been very mild,” said Stacy […] [...]

Tax professionals need crystal ball for year end advice

Forget the calculators and computers this tax season. CPAs and other tax professionals are looking to the proverbial crystal ball as they wait to see what Congress might do in the next few months about extending tax breaks. Jerry Levens with CPA firm Alexander, Van Loon, Sloan, Levens & Favre in Gulfport said individual taxpayers […] [...]

CPAs give helpful advice about selecting a tax preparer

As the year draws to a close, tax season looms in the next few months. Finding an income tax preparer can be challenging. Members of the Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants, Ted Edwards, Pam Steverson and Tom Byrne have some useful advice to offer. Edwards chairs the association’s taxation committee and is with Haddox […] [...]

(UPDATE) Gov. Bryant: $1.2 billion aluminum plant is a very exciting proposition for the state of Mississippi

by Published: November 17,2014

Tags: aluminum, Business, Columbus, Ford F-150, Mississippi

by Jack Weatherly Pittsburgh-based American Specialty Alloys issued a news release Monday saying that it is planning to build a $1.2 billion, aluminum mini-mill “in the Southeastern United States.” While not naming the exact location in the release, the company has applied with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality for permission to prepare a site on […] [...]

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