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Greenwood putting GPS in police cars

The City of Greenwood is deploying a new GPS tracking system on more than 100 police cars and other city vehicles in a bid to save money and increase efficiency. Greenwood is believed to be the first city in Mississippi to use GPS in city vehicles. There are no state agencies that keep statistics on police departments of municipalities. The ...

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Report notes worry over state debt backed by taxpayers

Mississippi goes into 2011 among the states with the highest tax-supported debt system, a circumstance that leaves taxpayers on the hook for future shortfalls in revenue earmarked for debt repayment. The debt-as-a-percentage of Mississippi’s gross domestic product puts it in the company of fiscally troubled states such as California and New Jersey, according to “Mississippi Outlook 2011,” a state-prepared assessment ...

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Educating the whole person

Delta faith-based non-profits help kids with homework and life Mississippi has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the nation, yet none of the hundreds of kids who have attended programs of Delta Missions in Indianola has gotten pregnant. And the ministry has operated for 15 years. “We’ve never had a child in this program to have a baby ...

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The electronic handshake

Electronic campaigning, even the unsolicited variety, a big part of 2011 governor’s race A few years ago, before iPhones and BlackBerries gobbled up the mobile phone market share, Bill Luckett and Willie Nelson found themselves in Clarksdale for a meeting of a company’s board of directors on which they both sat. The meeting over, Luckett walked Nelson to his tour ...

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Eco-Cottage, sweet Eco-Cottage

First of-its-kind energy-efficient home nearly complete The Mississippi community most impacted by Hurricane Katrina and with the greatest need for available housing now is offering a new storm-resistant design that will also reduce residents’ energy bills. Last month, construction began on the first Eco-Cottage in the Seal Pointe neighborhood in Bay St. Louis. The three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,100-square-foot home on Union ...

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No funds available

Yazoo City’s businesses did not qualify for low-interest U.S. Small Business Administration disaster loans after late November’s tornado tore through downtown. After a second damage assessment in late December, they still did not qualify. “I’m not surprised,” said Henry Cote, president of the Yazoo County Chamber of Commerce. “I figured that was the way it would turn out. You can ...

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1,000 JOBS

Gov. Haley Barbour stuck another advanced-manufacturing feather in his job-creation cap last week when a California-based company announced it intends to produce solar panels in Hattiesburg. Stion Corp. said it would operate out of the old Sunbeam building, invest $500 million into the venture and create 1,000 jobs in the Pine Belt region the next six years. Stion officials joined ...

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MEC hopes new ‘Blueprint’ as successful as first

Latest Blueprint Mississippi unveiled at the annual A Capital Day event last week In 2004, the Mississippi Economic Council rolled out Blueprint Mississippi and pointed toward two major initiatives: improving education and the tort climate in the State of Mississippi. There were tangible successes. Education funding increased in the years after, and tort reform, after much political haranguing, was passed. ...

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MEC polling finds growing support for education, training for workers

Business leaders more likely to be optimistic on state economy than voters, survey finds. Mississippians don’t want the state to let up on efforts to create an educated and well-prepared workforce, a Mississippi Economic Council survey of 600 business people and voters shows They’ve witnessed the state roll up successes such as automakers Nissan and Toyota and other large manufactures. Now ...

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Hancock ceding La., Texas operations to Whitney in proposed merger plan

Each bank will maintain its brand in core markets Gulfport is unlikely to see job losses with Hancock Bank’s acquisition of regional competitor Whitney National Bank, though consolidation of back office operations in Louisiana is expected to bring layoffs of some Whitney workers. Hancock president and CEO Carl Chaney said Hancock will maintain its corporate headquarters in Gulfport but New ...

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