Archive | March, 2014

History by candlelight

March 18, 2014

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An event next month will offer “ghosts” from the past and a unique view of one of the most important historical places in the state. Vicksburg National Military Park will hold its Shadows of the Past candlelight walking tour on April 12. The tour covers about a mile long stretch road around the former visitor […]

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Moss Point riding leading edge with Northrop Grumman

March 17, 2014

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MOSS POINT, Mississippi — If you want an industry firmly entrenched in the future, it’s hard to pick one better than unmanned systems. And if you want a leader in the field, Northrop Grumman is at the front of the high-tech pack. Northrop Grumman, which builds some of the largest and most capable unmanned aerial systems in the […]

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CRAWFORD: Most state workers can’t get a break

March 17, 2014

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By Bill Crawford State employees can’t get a break. Well, most can’t. In 2012, Mississippi had 58,135 state employees earning an average salary of $41,870, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A Pew Charitable Trusts study reported this was significantly higher than the $35,263 average private sector salary in Mississippi. Couple this with the […]

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C Spire wins Loyalty360 award for customer rewards program

March 17, 2014

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PERCS, C Spire’s customer rewards initiative, was honored today with a top platinum award as one of the world’s best customer loyalty rewards programs during the 7th annual Loyalty Expo sponsored by Loyalty360 – The Loyalty Marketer’s Association. C Spire was one of four finalists, including Dell, Global Hotel Alliance and HON HONORS, in the […]

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Sauce from The Shed causing rift at White House?

March 17, 2014

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A pair of Coast restaurateurs have found out that one of their products is being served at a rather high-profile place — the White House. The owners of The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint say they couldn’t be happier to know that Vice President Joe Biden requests the White House chef to cook his barbecue […]

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Lawmakers say no to cities’ request for new sales tax

March 17, 2014

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It appears two Mississippi cities will not receive authority to enact a new sales tax. A Senate chairman said Friday that Mississippi lawmakers won’t authorize Hattiesburg or Greenville to set a 1 percent local sales tax, as the two cities requested. “We’re not going to do that,” Local and Private Committee Chairman Perry Lee, R-Mendenhall, […]

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New day, new week, new era to begin at ASU

March 14, 2014

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For one of Mississippi public university, Monday will not just be the start of a new week, but also a new era when Alfred Rankins Jr. takes over as the next president of Alcorn State University. A formal investiture is expected to be held later. The state College Board chose Rankins in February following an […]

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St. Dominic offering new telemedicine service to physicians

March 13, 2014

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One Mississippi hospital is providing a health service to physicians across the state, and the doctors will not even have to leave their office to take advantage of the offering. St. Dominic’s expanded partnership with REACH Health Inc. connects lung specialists with acute care pulmonary patients – such as those suffering from collapsed lungs, severe […]

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State jobless rate falls to 7.5%, still trails national average by .9%

March 12, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January 2014 fell to 7.5 percent—the lowest the state has seen since November 2008, when the rate was also 7.5 percent. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures released Wednesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security show . The BLS figures also show that in January 2014, […]

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Contractors get chilled by winter weather

March 12, 2014

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Commercial contractors around the nation continue to struggle to find work, and this year’s terrible weather has not helped them. Nonresidential construction spending declined for the second consecutive month, falling 0.3 percent in January, but is up 6.5 percent over the past year, according to a March 3 release by the U.S. Census Bureau. Spending […]

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