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JOEL BOMGAR: Most earmarks not only wasteful, they hurt Mississippi’s economy

June 9, 2014

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  By Joel Bomgar For me, the U.S. Senate primary (and now runoff on June 24) is a referendum on spending, deficits, debt and earmarks. One side argues that most earmarks are wasteful and have created a culture in Washington of spending and debt (which I agree has been the case), and the other side […]

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Veteran Aillet joins Neel-Schaffer as a Senior Project Manager

June 9, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Neel-Schaffer, Inc. has announced that Richard Aillet, PE, the former director of engineering services for the City of Ruston, La., has joined the firm and will work out of Neel-Schaffer’s office in Shreveport, La. Aillet will serve as a Senior Project Manager, with an emphasis on water and wastewater projects. He worked for the […]

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Bryant: Critical to keep Dole at port

June 6, 2014

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GULFPORT — Dole Foods Chairman and CEO David Murdock says he won’t sign a new lease with the Port of Gulfport until he sees more progress on the $570 million West Pier restoration, an expansion funded by federal Hurricane Katrina relief money. Murdock, 91, was on the Mississippi coast Thursday for the celebration of Dole’s […]

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DAVID DALLAS — Chris McDaniel: Mississippi’s next four-decade senator

June 5, 2014

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By David Dallas I worked for the Republican Steering Committee in Washington D.C. during the final throes of the George Herbert Walker Bush presidency after he had broken his no-new-taxes promise. No matter how you read his lips, George the First had betrayed the Reagan Revolution. He had compromised with Democrats and, now-extinct, liberal Republicans […]

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Ground broken on first PSC-funded natural gas expansion project

May 21, 2014

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What does natural gas and economic development have in common? Job creation, says the Mississippi Public Service Commission. Officials have broken ground on one of the first natural gas expansion projects funded by the PSC’s economic development initiative. With the groundbreaking, Attala Industrial Park in Kosciusko will become one of the first beneficiaries of the […]

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Phosphate Holdings names Ajay Kumar and Robert Kerley to senior executive positions

May 19, 2014

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MADISON, Mississippi — Ajay Kumar joined Phosphate Holdings, Inc. as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Operations, effective April 7, 2014. “We are pleased to have added Ajay Kumar to our senior management team,” said James L. Sherbert, Chief Executive Officer. “Ajay brings a wealth of operations and engineering knowledge to his new challenge of […]

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Robert Khayat memoir wins national award

May 19, 2014

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OXFORD, Mississippi — Robert Khayat’s The Education of a Lifetime (Nautilus Publishing) won the 2014 Silver IPPY Award for best memoir in the nation published by a small press. The IPPY Awards are bestowed each year by the Independent Publishers Association of America. Awards director for the association Jim Barnes said “Robert Khayat’s memoir is […]

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McDermott International locates at Port of Gulfport, creating 100 jobs

May 19, 2014

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GULFPORT — Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from the Port of Gulfport and McDermott International announced today the company is locating pipeline finishing operations on the East Pier of the port. The project will create 100 full-time jobs in addition to the longshoremen that will be employed while vessels are at the port. McDermott represents […]

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Winter weather put a damper on Silver Slipper, Full House casinos

May 14, 2014

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Full House Resorts, the Las Vegas company that owns Silver Slipper Casino, announced quarterly results this morning and said it had a net loss of $1.1 million for the first quarter (January-March), compared to net income of $0.6 million for the prior first quarter. At its Silver Slipper Casino in Hancock County, the company said […]

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Castilla elected 2014-2015 MEC chair, new leadership positions announced

May 12, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi – Alveno N. Castilla, a member of the Business Services Group and a partner with Butler Snow LLP, has been elected as the 2014-2015 Mississippi Economic Council Chair. David Gates, President of the Mississippi Division at Atmos Energy, was elected to serve as the 2015-2016 Chair.  Robin Robinson, Director of Organization Development and […]

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