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Should I-69 go through Greenville?

Million-dollar bridges to be within 30 miles of each other, but other options involve politics As the new U.S. 82 bridge over the Mississippi River near Greenville opens this week, pre-construction work continues approximately 30 miles to the north on the new Interstate 69 bridge at Mounds (or Eutaw) Landing just west of Benoit. The Interstate 69 bridge’s close proximity ...

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Analyst: Hitachi is treading on thin ice with parts interruption

  Nissan plants in Canton and Tennessee forced to close for three days due to shortage of parts from supplier; financial impact not disclosed   The Nissan plant in Canton started up again last Tuesday morning after sitting idle for three days due to a part shortage from a supplier in Kentucky. According to spokesman Steve Parrett, Nissan got word from ...

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Fired Parkway CFO sues, alleges fraud

The former CFO of Parkway Properties has sued the company for wrongful termination in Hinds County Circuit Court and also alleges the company engaged in fraudulent activities. Parkway denies the accusations. J. Mitchell Collins said in his complaint that he announced his resignation in January with an effective date of March 1. Parkway fired him in February. Collins has also ...

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Yacht-builders building oil-fighting fleet

Belt skimmer contracts offer short-term boost to bottom line As in all disasters, the Gulf oil spill has created opportunities for some Mississippi businesses. Two yacht-builders on the Coast recently picked up some much-needed work when they were commissioned to build belt skimmers that will operate in Mississippi waters. The contracts will offer at least a short-term boost to Overing Yachts ...

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Reality check

Advance Mississippi touts state as one of top options in the nation for biomass energy, but Strategic Biomass Initiative director says its could be years before technology is available Mississippi has 19 million acres of forests, a number that constitutes an 18 percent increase from 30 years ago. The timber and undergrowth it produces are ideal materials for the production ...

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In The Red?

Politicians spar over Chinese government investment in steel mill   In Oct. 2008, Steel Development Co. broke ground on a $200-million rebar facility in Amory that would ostensibly employ 175 people in a region that badly needs jobs to replace the ones lost in the furniture manufacturing industry. Since then, though, the recession has ground construction a halt, and there ...

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Jackson Medical Mall gets into housing business

Foundation broke ground on new facility last week   The Jackson Medical Mall Foundation is getting into the housing business. The Foundation broke ground last week on a nearly $3-million development of 24 affordable and green, single-family homes in the Homestead Heights neighborhood at the intersection of Prosperity and Easy streets off Woodrow Wilson Drive. Foundation director Primus Wheeler said ...

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Cell phones now ‘sell’ phones

AT&T is now offering software that can turn a mobile phone into a mobile credit card machine. Last week AT&T announced its new offering of AprivaPay applications, which can “turn your cell phone into a sell phone.” The company is marketing the software as a tool that will allow small business owners to increase cash flow and enhance productivity. AT&T ...

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IHL begins search for three presidents

Board, constituents face tough logistics with ASU, JSU, MUW The search firms to find new presidents at Alcorn State University, Jackson State University (JSU) and Mississippi University for Women (MUW) have been selected, but the logistics of the process are going to be a challenge. There is also the matter of cost. Leah Rupp Smith, State Institutions of Higher Learning ...

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HALEY’S LEGACY

With a little more than a year left in his term, the MBJ takes a look at what areas of the state have prospered or floundered during Gov. Barbour’s time in the mansion Gov. Haley Barbour has about 18 months left before he is term-limited out of office, and if they are anything like the first six and a half ...

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