Archive | January, 2013

Help with manufacturing exports on tap for Feb. 7 Indianola seminar

January 31, 2013

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Mississippi manufacturers that want to begin export operations or expand current ones can get details on resources and other help available to them at a Feb. 7 workshop in Indianola sponsored by the Delta Regional Authority. Mississippi State University’s Franklin Furniture Institute is hosting the Getting to Know Your Export Resources workshop. It is funded […]

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Jackson’s own Papa Peachez wows on “American Idol”

January 31, 2013

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Jackson resident Papa Peachez made it through a successful audition Wednesday night and secured a spot on Season 12 of Fox’s “American Idol.” Self-described as “a big black woman trapped in a little boy’s body,” Peachez said he enjoys dancing and working with Jackson’s homeless population. While Idol judge Keith Urban found Peachez to be […]

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MBJ ANALYSIS: Businessman promising $1.1 billion steel plant in Arkansas has failed to deliver on big projects announced in Mississippi

January 31, 2013

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By BECKY GILLETTE John D. Correnti, the businessman Arkansas is counting on to deliver “the largest economic development project in the state’s history,” a proposed $1.1 billion steel mill in Mississippi County in northeast Arkansas, has recently failed to deliver on promises for big projects in Mississippi. Tuesday Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe announced that Correnti’s […]

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CARTER: Target greed — not Mississippi — for Chicago’s mounting gun tragedies

January 30, 2013

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  Here’s a statement that came out of Capitol Hill Wednesday that bears some scrutiny by an enterprising police reporter from the Magnolia State: Over the last 10 to 12 years, Mississippi supplied one out of 10 firearms seized in crime investigations in Chicago. So how the heck have we missed knowing what big contributors […]

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Mississippi stops slide in casino revenues – sort of

January 30, 2013

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Mississippi casinos have halted their four-year slide in annual gross gaming revenues — or have they? In records released recently by the Mississippi Department of Revenue, gaming revenue in 2012 showed an increase of $12 million over 2011. That stopped a streak of four consecutive years where gaming revenues dropped by an average of about […]

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Superintendents association backs HB 890 legislation

January 29, 2013

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The Mississippi Association of School Superintendents has issued the following statement regarding reading and math standards legislation being debated at the State Capitol in Jackson: “The Mississippi Association of School Superintendents recognizes that Gov. Bryant has a sincere interest in improving the reading and math skills of the students in public education in Mississippi. Through […]

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Beau Rivage guest rooms go smoke-free

January 29, 2013

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Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi has banned smoking in its 1,740 hotel rooms. The move is based on feedback from hotel guests, spokeswoman Mary Cracchiolo-Spain told The Sun-Herald. Smoking is still allowed in the resort’s 95 suites. It also is allowed on most of the gaming floor, and in the gourmet restaurants. Smoking […]

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MBJ: Madison mayor, Tulane wrong to bully Jackson State

January 29, 2013

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Madison Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler would never tell McDonalds it can be the only fast-food franchise in her queendom. Wendy’s and Burger King wouldn’t hear of it. Yet, it appears that is what has happened recently as she and Tulane University have asked the state College Board to rescind what they’re calling the “premature” approval […]

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Senate bills call for moving dozens of state offices to Capitol area

January 28, 2013

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Downtown Jackson would see hundreds of new workers and a whittling of its office space vacancies through proposals from Senate Public Property Committee Chairman David Blount to consolidate more state agencies into space available in the Jackson Capitol Complex. In support of a pair of bills he has introduced, Blount produced an analysis from Millsaps […]

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Toyota reclaims title of world’s top automaker

January 28, 2013

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Toyota Motor Manufacturing sold a record 9.75 million vehicles last year, according to an official tally released Monday, roaring past General Motors and Volkswagen to reclaim its title as the world’s top automaker in 2012. The Japanese automaker which opened a Corolla plant in Mississippi’s Blue Springs in 2011 had a 27 percent increase in […]

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