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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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Redlaser earns 8(a) program certification from SBA

July 1, 2014

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The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Mississippi District Office has certified Redlaser Technology Inc. into the SBA’s 8(a) Business Development Program 8(a) program. The 8(a) program is a nine-year program established to assist eligible socially and economically disadvantaged individuals to develop and grow their businesses. Business development assistance includes one-on-one counseling, training, matchmaking opportunities […]

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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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Starkville becomes second city to qualify three areas for C Spire’s fiber service

June 27, 2014

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STARKVILLE — Homeowner pre-registration exceeded the required threshold in a third area of the city of Starkville this week, helping it qualify for C Spire’s 1 Gbps (gigabit per second) fiber to the home Internet service and related digital TV and home phone services. Starkville’s Cotton District fiberhood, which includes downtown and the central business […]

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Ridgeland becomes first city to qualify three areas for C Spire service

June 24, 2014

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The city of Ridgeland’s homeowner pre-registration exceeded the required threshold in a third area of the city and has qualified for C Spire’s 1 Gbps (Gigabit per second) fiber to the home Internet service and related digital TV and home phone services. Ridgeland’s Highland Colony North fiberhood, which includes The Township, Canterberry, Winrush, Carlton Park, […]

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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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C Spire in deal to acquire regional telecom MegaGate

June 11, 2014

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In a move to continue expanding services and diversifying its core telecommunications and technology services holdings,  C Spire says it will acquire Hattiesburg’s MegaGate Broadband, a regional provider of IP voice, data, and business telecommunications solutions. MegaGate serves most Mississippi business markets as a competitive local exchange telecommunications provider and as an Internet service provider.  […]

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C Spire draws new Ridgeland ‘fiberhood’ maps for 1 Gbps Fiber to Home service

May 23, 2014

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RIDGELAND, Mississippi  — C Spire says more areas in Ridgeland are poised to qualify for the company’s 100 times faster consumer broadband Internet service now that new “fiberhood” maps have been published on C Spire’s company’s fiber to the home website. The new maps, which debuted Friday, reduce the size of several fiberhoods and the […]

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Developing vehicle-to-vehicle communication could reduce accidents

May 19, 2014

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Special to the MBJ When vehicles and roadway infrastructures are able to exchange information with each other, there is great potential to make Mississippi’s transportation system significantly safer, smarter and greener. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently announced that it will begin taking steps toward enabling vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology […]

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C Spire to show construction progress on Starkville data center

May 19, 2014

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STARKVILLE, Mississippi — Representatives of C Spire will brief business executives and economic developers at 10 a.m. Tuesday on progress the company has made on the first phase of its $23 million data center in Starkville. The 23,800-square-foot regional center will offer businesses a wide range of colocation, cloud-based computing, storage and enterprise solutions It […]

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