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ICE agents search Asian restaurants in metro Jackson, Meridian

  By Jack Weatherly Six Asian restaurants in metro Jackson and two in Meridian were searched by agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency Wednesday. Thomas Byrd, public affairs officer for the ICE office in New Orleans, said that the actions were not raids, but rather execution of search warrants. The restaurants in the metro area are: three ...

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Natural gas could cost less than coal for Kemper plant

Mississippi Power Co. says the power plant it’s building in Kemper County will be cheaper to run on natural gas than on its planned fuel of lignite coal unless gas prices are high. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. filed that analysis Tuesday. On Wednesday, the utility announced it needs more time to complete the $7 billion Kemper plant, which ...

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Waller to be interim CEO for MEC as Wilson Prepares to Retire

Scott Waller has been named Interim President & CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council effective May 1, in preparation for the planned retirement of 19-year CEO Blake Wilson on June 16, after a 47-year career, 37 in association work. A native of Shubuta and a graduate of Mississippi State University, Waller is in his 11th year on staff at MEC, ...

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West Point plant to make 40 armored trucks for Pakistan

WEST POINT, Miss. (AP) – Navistar International Corp. has been awarded a $35 million contract to deliver 40 armored vehicles to Pakistan from its Mississippi plant. The U.S. Army announced the contract Thursday, saying Navistar, based in Lisle, Illinois, had made the only bid for the mine resistant ambush protected MaxxPro Dash DXM trucks. Work is supposed to be done ...

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Gaming Commission considers approval for 2 proposed casinos

D’IBERVILLE, Miss. (AP) – After hours of debate, it’s still unclear how the Mississippi Gaming Commission will vote on two proposed casino sites that have been rejected in the past. News outlets report that attorneys and experts for and against the casino sites in Biloxi and Diamondhead gathered Thursday in D’Iberville in front of the three-member commission. The commission unanimously ...

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Nancy Carpenter named MBJ’s Business Woman of the Year

Nancy Luke Carpenter, CEO of Visit Columbus, was named Mississippi’s Business Woman of the Year for 2017 Thursday by the Mississippi Business Journal. Carpenter was joined by 10 finalists and 39 other honorees at an event at the Old Capitol Inn in Downtown Jackson.In 1971 Carpenter began her banking career with Unifirst Bank as Vice President.  She served as Grant Chairman of the Junior ...

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Legislators unlikely to reach accord on roads, bridges this session

  Associated Press Mississippi legislators are unlikely to agree this session on a comprehensive, long-term plan to pay for highways and bridges. House Speaker Philip Gunn said a House proposal to earmark taxes collected on items sold over the internet for transportation work could generate $75 million to $125 million a year. Gunn said he has also asked the Mississippi ...

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Shortage of construction workers in state expected to grow to 80,000 in 2 years

By BECKY GILLETTE The issue of work-force availability in the construction trades continues to be an issue in Mississippi due to many workers retiring combined with fewer young people choosing a career in construction. “Finding adequate labor is definitely an issue, especially with bigger contracts,” said Bob Wilson, executive director, Associated General Contractors of Mississippi. “It is not as acute ...

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Seraphim Solar lets the sunshine in with tour of plant

By JACK WEATHERLY At last, the sun has broken through and shed light on the solar-panel maker in west Jackson. Seraphim Solar USA started making panels in February 2016 after it got its first order, according to production manager Jake Pixler. The Mississippi Business Journal last was able to report on the project in April 2016, after it was announced ...

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