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Cathy Northington receives MEC promotion; Kilroy added as vice president

February 27, 2014

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The Mississippi Economic Council has announced the promotions of Cathy Northington and Christi Kilroy to new leadership positions. Northington has been named Vice President, Programs and Administration. Hired a decade ago as a part-time, entry-level employee, Cathy worked her way up from the ground floor at MEC. Today, Northington is in charge of facilitating Leadership […]

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WAPT: Jackson special election to be set as early as Thursday

February 26, 2014

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Mayor Chokwe Lumumba  took office on Jul;y 1, 2013 after beating incumbent Harvey Johnson in a runoff.

JACKSON, Mississippi — The Jackson City Council is set to meet Thursday and, according to WAPT, could set a date for a special mayoral election. Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died late Tuesday afternoon at St. Dominic Hospital of natural causes, the Hinds County coroner said. Funeral arrangements have not yet been released. Ward 5 Councilman Charles […]

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Neel-Schaffer announces Steve Twedt as vice president

February 26, 2014

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JACKSON — Steve Twedt, PE, has been promoted to Vice President in charge of Neel-Schaffer’s South Mississippi operation. A native of South Mississippi, Twedt joined Neel-Schaffer in 2010 as area manager and works out of the Biloxi office, coordinating work among the Neel-Schaffer offices in Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Laurel and Pascagoula. Prior […]

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Russia bans Vietnamese Pangasius; antibiotics and pathogens Found

February 24, 2014

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The Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights barred imports of Vietnamese pangasius on January 31 until further notice. Russian inspectors in December found unacceptable levels of antibiotics and hormones. The Russian government also found E. coli and listeria in fish products from almost half of the Vietnamese exporting farms, which included 16 out of […]

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Defense Department to cut Army to pre-WW II size

February 24, 2014

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WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday proposed shrinking the Army to its smallest size in 74 years, closing military bases and making other military-wide savings as part of a broad reshaping after more than a decade of war. Hagel outlined his vision in a speech at the Pentagon, a week before President Barack […]

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Hattiesburg second Miss. city to recognize equality, dignity of gay residents

February 18, 2014

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With absolutely no discussion, the Hattiesburg City Council has adopted a “inclusivity” resolution recognizing the inherent worth of all its city’s residents – including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). Hattiesburg is the second Mississippi city to make such a distinction, following Starkville, which did the same thing earlier in the year. Human […]

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McComb hospital cuts five doctors

February 17, 2014

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Faced with the reality of shrinking reimbursements from the federal government for health care and rising costs as a result of the new Affordable Care Act, Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center has ended its employment with five physicians and is re-evaluating all hospital employee doctors’ contracts. Southwest Health System CEO Norman Price explained that when […]

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Neel-Schaffer announces Keith Purvis as Vice President

February 11, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi —  Keith Purvis, PE, has been promoted to Vice President of Transportation of Neel-Schaffer. Purvis joined Neel-Schaffer in 2011 after retiring from the Mississippi Department of Transportation as an Assistant Chief Engineer. Purvis leads Neel-Schaffer’s transportation department, working out of the firm’s headquarters office in Jackson, providing expertise on projects throughout Mississippi. “Keith […]

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Charles McCrary to step down as CEO of Alabama Power

February 11, 2014

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Charles McCrary will step down as chief executive officer at Alabama Power Co. at the end of the month, according to the Birmingham Business Journal. McCrary, who has led Alabama Power for 13 years, will be replaced by Mark A. Crosswhite, according to a release from the company. Crosswhite most recently served as COO at […]

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Delta State to celebrate largest ever gift to the university

February 3, 2014

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Delta State University will celebrate the largest private donation in the institution’s history with a gift presentation at the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. The gift will be presented on behalf of the Robert E. Smith Estate, and all students, faculty, staff, alumni, patrons, media and friends are invited […]

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