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Sanderson Plumbing Products to begin sizable layoffs next week

April 24, 2014

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COLUMBUS, Mississippi — Three-quarters of the 230-person workforce at bankrupt toilet seat maker Sanderson Plumbing Products will be out of a job by the middle of next weel unless an investor steps in with money to keep the company running. The layoffs likely would have occurred already but for a federally required 60-day plant closing […]

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BOBBY HARRISON: Where was the outrage about earlier comments?

April 24, 2014

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Many people supporting Sen. Thad Cochran have voiced outrage with some of the comments and actions of state Sen. Chris McDaniel, who is challenging the veteran Cochran in the June 3 Republican primary. These people have described comments that McDaniel made years ago as the host of a talk radio program in Jones County as […]

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Miss. governor signs mid-pregnancy abortion ban

April 23, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill to ban abortion at the midpoint of a full-term pregnancy. Supporters say it’s designed to protect women’s health, while abortion-rights advocates say it’s unconstitutional. Bryant signed House Bill 1400 on Wednesday. It becomes law July 1. It will ban abortion starting at 20 weeks’ […]

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Seafood R’evolution set to make Mississippi ‘the new culinary epicenter of the South’

April 23, 2014

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During a press conference today in Ridgeland, chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto unveiled plans for Seafood R’evolution, an upscale restaurant offering a cultural fusion of foods and flavors that have shaped the Gulf Coast culinary landscape for generations. Seafood R’evolution, with a select menu of items paying homage to Mississippi’s rich culinary heritage, will […]

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Wright begins education department realignment

April 23, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — State Superintendent Carey Wright is taking the first steps in an effort to reorganize the Mississippi Department of Education, appointing three top-level executives to report to her. Kim Benton has been named chief academic officer; Todd Ivey has been named chief operations officer; and Pat Ross has been named chief school improvement […]

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Oxford High earns $44K for energy efficiencies

April 22, 2014

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OXFORD, Miss. — The Oxford School District has received $44,439 for energy-saving efficiencies built into the new high school. Tennessee Valley Authority regional marketing manager David Sharp made the presentation Monday. Sharp says the rebate reflects 10 cents per kilowatt-hour of projected savings in the 220,000-square-foot school’s first year of operation. Among upgrades are motion […]

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Acco to add 162-job call center in Booneville

April 22, 2014

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BOONEVILLE, Miss. — Acco Brands will add a 162-employee call center at its Booneville factory and distribution center. The company announced the $1.6 million investment Tuesday. The state of Mississippi will give Acco $150,000 to modify a building and the Tennessee Valley Authority will also assist. The company, based in Lake Zurich, Ill., makes office […]

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Buck Rogers named GM for new Biloxi Baseball team

April 22, 2014

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BILOXI, Mississippi — Huntsville Stars general manager Buck Rogers will assume the same role in Biloxi next year when the minor league baseball team relocates to the Gulf Coast to play in the Southern League. Owner Ken Young introduced Rogers, 54, at a news conference Tuesday at the Biloxi Visitors Center. The Biloxi Baseball team […]

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Mississippi Gulf Coast casinos building momentum

April 22, 2014

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The gradual makeover of Mississippi’s gaming landscape continued in March as the Gulf Coast casinos continued to out-perform the Mississippi River casinos — including an increase over last year’s gross gaming revenue for the second month in a row. In the first quarter of 2014, Gulf Coast casino gross gaming revenue is up 0.6 percent […]

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AT&T explores expansion of super-fast Internet

April 21, 2014

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AT&T says it will expand super-fast Internet services to as many as 100 additional cities in 25 metropolitan areas. The service’s 1 gigabit per second speed is about 100 times what U.S. consumers typically get with broadband. That means faster video downloads and the ability for more devices to connect to the network without congestion. […]

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