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Winston Plywood breaks ground at site of new manufacturing facility in Louisville

January 31, 2015

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LOUISVILLE — Officials from Winston Plywood and Veneer, manufacturer of specialty plywood products, gathered Friday for a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the company’s new manufacturing facility in Louisville. The project represents an investment of approximately $50 million and they expect to create 400 new jobs. In April 2014, a tornado destroyed the company’s facility […]

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Goodrich latest to pull back in Tuscaloosa Marine Shale

January 30, 2015

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Low oil prices mean the driller that has been the most bullish on an oil region that straddles the Louisiana-Mississippi line is cutting back, The Associated Press reports.. Goodrich Petroleum Corp., based in Houston, said Friday that it will spend $80 million to $100 million on exploration and drilling, down from $150 million to $200 […]

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Refusal to grant vaccination exemptions makes state a measles free zone

January 30, 2015

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  Here’s a ranking for which Mississippians should be proud. The Magnolia State has the longest streak in the country for going without a confirmed case of measles.  George Herbert Walker Bush (otherwise known as Bush I) occupied the White House when Mississippi had its  last confirmed measles case. No accident there. The state has […]

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Six hospitals in the region combine to create the new Merit Health system

January 30, 2015

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JACKSON — Six hospitals in the Jackson/Vicksburg region, all affiliated with Community Health Systems, have formed as a single regional healthcare system, Merit Health. The member hospitals have been known as Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, River Oaks Hospital and Woman’s Hospital in Flowood, Crossgates River Oaks Hospital in Brandon, Madison River Oaks Medical Center […]

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Bryant wants to divert $50 million from unemployment fund to workforce training

January 30, 2015

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Gov. Phil Bryant

  Call it the “Two-Cars-And-A-Boat” initiative. Gov. Phil Bryant Friday morning briefed business leaders on a workforce development proposal that calls for pulling $25 million each of the next two years from the state’s unemployment compensation reserve fund. The money would be used to step-up the state’s efforts to train workers for advanced manufacturing jobs […]

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Romney says he won’t run for president

January 30, 2015

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Mitt Romney

According to multiple media reports, Mitt Romney will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016, according to people familiar with his decision. Mr. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, was expected to share his decision on a conference call with a small group of advisers and later with a larger group of supporters on […]

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LOOM: Single benefactor giving education privatization edge at Capitol

January 30, 2015

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  By Nancy Loom Well-funded privatization forces are gaining ground in their efforts to privatize Mississippi’s public education system, a move that would hand state tax dollars and our children’s futures to unaccountable for-profit, virtual, and private schools. Here’s what we know: a wealthy Mississippi businessman who supports privatization measures is offering large amounts of […]

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Most Americans support government action on climate change, poll finds

January 30, 2015

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A New York Times story this morning says an overwhelming majority of the American public, including nearly half of Republicans, support government action to curbglobal warming, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times,Stanford University and the nonpartisan environmental research group Resources for the Future. In a finding that could have implications for the […]

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Biloxi mayor admitted to alcohol treatment facility

January 30, 2015

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BILOXI — Mayor A.J. Holloway has been admitted to an alcohol treatment facility in Hattiesburg. The city, in a news release posted on its website, said Holloway checked himself into the facility Thursday afternoon. Holloway has appointed Ward 2 Councilman Felix Gines as acting mayor while he’s being treated. The 75-year-old Holloway is in his […]

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Jackson Redevelopment Authority in hunt for new director

January 29, 2015

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Jackson Redevelopment Authority board members have decided to initiate a search for a new executive director. The governing board took the action Wednesday morning. Willie Mott, who had been the interim chief and named the agency’s permanent executive director in July, is still on the job, according to Chairwoman Jennifer Johnson. She declined to elaborate […]

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