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MDA grants KiOR forbearance after biofuels maker defaults on payment

July 3, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Mississippi — In a sign that biofuel maker KiOR Inc.’s money troubles aren’t letting up, the start-up company will make a $250,000 forbearance payment to the Mississippi Development Authority in exchange for 120 days to get current on its nearly $70 million debt to the MDA. KiOR defaulted on a $1.87 million payment that was […]

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NY Times: Loser or not, McDaniel’s time in spotlight may have just begun

July 3, 2014

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Mississippi Tea Party dreams were extirpated last week when State Senator Chris McDaniel lost his Republican primary bid to unseat Senator Thad Cochran. Yet if some of Mr. McDaniel’s most outspoken contemporaries are any guide, he may actually have greater political influence as a loser, the New York Times reports. Read the story:

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Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional CVB hires first chief

July 2, 2014

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The Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau went to neighboring Louisiana to find its new executive director, hiring Renee Areng away from the Visit Baton Rouge visitor promotion agency.   Areng, executive VP of Visit Baton Rouge, will take over as head of the of the year-old regional Mississippi coast tourism bureau on […]

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It’s showtime for MAGIC as state launches single accounting system

June 30, 2014

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MAGIC starts today but state officials aren’t relying on abracadabra stuff to make the $100 million accounting system work as designed. A dozen years of work, including around the clock shifts in recent weeks, went into today’s launch of MAGIC, officially known as Mississippi’s Accountability System for Government Information and Collaboration. If all goes as […]

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WaPo: Cochran signals won’t back new voting rights after minorities saved his job

June 29, 2014

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Well, that didn’t last long. Thad Cochran removed his disguise as a friend of Mississippi’s blacks and other minorities within days of these same folks pushing him into Victory Lane in his GOP Senate primary runoff with tea partier Chris McDaniel, the Washington Post reports. Let’s see how the senator’s betrayal figures into some future […]

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UPDATED: Cherokee Brick & Tile to restart Tri-State plant

June 27, 2014

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  Brick and tile manufacturing is set to resume by the end of the year at the dormant Tri-State Brick and Tile plant under new owners who see Jackson as a gateway to reaching an additional 30 percent of  the U.S. market. Cherokee Brick & Tile, a Macon, Ga., family-owned maker of brick and tile […]

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NY Times: McDaniel ‘voter integrity’ squads plan to ‘question’ black voters at polls

June 23, 2014

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  The groups supporting challenger Chris McDaniel think they have the right to question voters in the GOP Senate primary runoff about their voting intentions for November’s general election for Mississippi’s U.S. Senate seat, reports  the Times Editorial Blog. Here is the Times’ report: Several right-wing groups have banded together to form a “voter integrity […]

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Fixing leaks and turning back old age: Capitol getting specialized face lift

June 20, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi – The Mississippi State Capitol building here is getting its first restoration and repair in 30 years, the state Department of Finance & Administration said in announcing the start of the 2-year, $6.9 million project. Work crews are installing massive construction scaffolding that will envelop different parts of the 110- year-old structure over […]

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CRAWFORD: A clear choice on Tuesday

June 19, 2014

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Bill Crawford

By Bill Crawford So, on Tuesday we get a clear choice. We can pick the candidate who wants to save America from Thad Cochran, or the candidate who wants to save Mississippi from Chris McDaniel. To hear McDaniel and his Tea Party cronies tell it, Cochran is joined at the hip with Barack Obama and […]

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Medal of Honor for Miss. native who fell on grenade to shield fellow Marines

June 19, 2014

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Mississippi-born Marine Corps veteran Kyle Carpenter Thursday became the third Magnolia State native to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for military valor. On Nov. 21, 2010, in the Marjah district of Afghanistan, a Taliban stronghold, Marine Cpl. Carpenter made the split-second decision to cover an enemy-launched grenade with his body […]

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