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BILL CRAWFORD: Say good-bye to open primaries

June 30, 2014

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Once upon a time, Mississippians were fiercely independent. We didn’t want any outsiders telling us what to do. We also wanted to “vote for the man, not the party.” That has changed and is about to change more. Chris McDaniel’s campaign to unseat Thad Cochran depended heavily upon outsiders telling us how to vote – […]

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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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Tea party official in Cochran photos case apparently commits suicide

June 27, 2014

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RIDGELAND, Mississippi — A tea party official charged with conspiring to take photos of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s wife inside a nursing home apparently committed suicide Friday, police said, days after Cochran won a nasty Republican primary. The body of attorney Mark Mayfield was found Friday morning in the garage of his two-story, brick home in […]

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ITW TrueSteel to open plant in Pontotoc

June 27, 2014

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Mississippi’s manufacturing community is adding a new name. ITW TrusSteel is opening a new 150,000-square-foot roll-forming and distribution facility in Pontotoc in north Mississippi. Kevin Viravec, ITW Building Components Group vice president and general manager, says in a news release the factory will begin operating in the fourth quarter of 2014 and initially employ about […]

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D’Iberville casino approved; Diamondhead site rejected

June 26, 2014

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The Mississippi Gulf Coast is gaining one casino, but a second casino proposal was denied by the Mississippi Gaming Commission at its monthly meeting Thursday in Jackson. After receiving approval for its financing plan, Land Holdings 1 was given the okay to begin construction on the Scarlet Pearl casino, which will be located east of […]

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SBA disaster loan application deadline is Monday for Tupelo, Louisville

June 24, 2014

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Disaster Loan Outreach Centers in Louisville and Tupelo will cease operations at the close of business Monday, the U.S. Small Business Administration said in a news release today. Monday is also the final day to file an SBA Disaster loan application, including homeowners, renters and businesses of all sizes for physical damage caused by severe […]

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Ayrshire announces third expansion of Corinth plant

June 24, 2014

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An electronics manufacturer that bought a plant earmarked for closing six years ago is expanding again. Ayrshire Electronics, a full-service electronics manufacturing company, is expanding operations at its facility in Corinth to accommodate an increase in production. The project represents a $100,000 corporate investment and will create 25 new jobs. In 2008, Louisville, Ky.-based Ayrshire […]

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Bruce publisher elected president of Mississippi Press Association

June 23, 2014

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BILOXI – The publisher of The Calhoun County Journal in Bruce was elected the 142nd president of the Mississippi Press Association during the newspaper trade group’s annual meeting on the gulf coast.  Joel McNeece, 44, will serve as president of MPA and Mississippi Press Services, Inc., an affiliated advertising and marketing service. McNeece and his […]

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CRAWFORD: A clear choice on Tuesday

June 19, 2014

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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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State OK clears way for opening of Belhaven University nursing school

June 19, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi – Belhaven University says it plans an August start for enrolling students in its new School of Nursing after having received approval Thursday from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) for its bachelor of science in nursing degree program. University President Roger Parrott said the effort to launch the nursing school has […]

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