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S.C., Georgia reported atop Volvo’s list for new car plant

April 20, 2015

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An article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Monday said  Volvo Cars is down to South Carolina and another unnamed state for its planned $500 million factory. Reuters reported the short list Friday, citing unnamed individuals. The second state, people with knowledge of the situation have told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is Georgia. The two states, they have […]

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Mississippi economic index shows first rise since fall

April 17, 2015

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Components of the Mississippi Leading Index, or MLI, collectively rose 0.6 percent in February, the first increase since October, state economists report. The value of the index increased 3.9 percent from the previous February, according to the April issue of Mississippi’s Business, an economic monitoring newsletter published by the University Research Center, an arm of […]

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TVA completes purchase of Mississippi natural gas plant

April 17, 2015

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KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee Valley Authority has purchased a 700-megawatt natural gas plant in Ackerman, Mississippi. According to the utility, TVA has bought electricity from the plant since 2008. The board of directors voted in February to pursue purchasing the plant itself from Quantum Choctaw Power, and that transaction was completed on Tuesday. The high-efficiency […]

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Mississippi chooses Minnesota company for standardized tests

April 17, 2015

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JACKSON — Minnesota-based Questar Assessment will provide most of the standardized tests for Mississippi beginning next year. The state Board of Education voted Thursday to award a one-year contract worth $12.3 million to Questar. Mississippi has options to continue the contract for nine more years after that, with a total 10-year cost of at least […]

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Bryant to speak at Export Summit in May

April 17, 2015

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JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant will be the keynote speaker May 7 at a conference to provide access to export and trade-related experts across the industry to Mississippi’s small and medium-sized firms. The 2015 Export Summit will be held at the Jackson Convention Center in downtown Jackson. Mississippi Development Authority officials say in a news […]

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Permit for utility to build new wastewater plant approved

April 17, 2015

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JACKSON — State regulators have approved a permit for the West Rankin Utility Authority to construct a new wastewater treatment plant over objections from the city of Jackson. The Clarion-Ledger the city of Jackson currently provides wastewater services to the West Rankin area. In return, the utility authority pays the city about $5 million a […]

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Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred

April 17, 2015

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From above, five years after the BP well explosion, the Gulf of Mexico looks clean, green and whole again, teeming with life — a testament to the resilience of nature. But there’s more than surface shimmering blue and emerald to the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill. And it’s not as pretty a picture — […]

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College Board names Glenn Boyce as higher education chief

April 17, 2015

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JACKSON — The College Board is naming former Holmes County Community College President Glenn Boyce as permanent higher education commissioner. The board announced Boyce Friday after choosing Boyce in executive session Thursday. Boyce has been serving as associate commissioner for academic affairs since June. Before that, he had served as president of Holmes Community College […]

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Cinema seating firm to add 50 jobs

April 14, 2015

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  MBJ staff Movie theater seating manufacturer VIP Cinema Seating is making a $2 million investment in its New Albany plant that will create 50 jobs, bringing employment to approximately 350, according to release from the Mississippi Development Authority on Tuesday.“We are pleased to be able to expand operations, and we appreciate all the support […]

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Percy Sledge, who sang ‘When A Man Loves a Woman,’ dies

April 14, 2015

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BATON ROUGE, La. — Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74. Dr. William “Beau” Clark, coroner for East Baton Rouge Parish, confirmed to The Associated Press that Sledge […]

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