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$1.34 million expansion will create 40 jobs

  MBJ staff Foamcraft Inc., manufacturer of polyurethane foam insulation products, announced Wednesday a $1.34 million expansion of it operations in Tupelo that will create 40 jobs. Foamcraft will expand into the 115,000-square-foot facility formerly occupied by Fibre Craft. Foamcraft will also continue to operate from its adjacent 75,000-square-foot plant. Mississippi Development Authority provided a $30,000 grant toward modification of ...

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Jeb Bush to tailgate at Egg Bowl

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STARKVILLE — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush plans to socialize with college football fans in Mississippi this weekend. The Bush campaign says the former Florida governor on Saturday will be in the tailgating area on the Mississippi State University campus in Starkville. He plans to meet people before the Egg Bowl, Mississippi State’s big rivalry game with the University of ...

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Catfish producer and processor expanding in Miss. Delta


ISOLA — A catfish producer and processor is expanding its operation in the Mississippi Delta town of Isola. Consolidated Catfish currently employs 425 people and announced Tuesday that it is adding 12 jobs. The state’s economic development agency, Mississippi Development Authority, says it provided $100,000 to help the company improve a wastewater treatment facility. The company is investing $900,000 for ...

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Jackson CBD promoters cheer Forman Watkins’ move to Regions Plaza

Downtown Jackson law firm Forman Watkins & Krutz will soon move to the upper four floors of Regions Plaza at 210 E. Capitol St

By TED CARTER Regions Plaza’s future, as well as its bottom line, became considerably brighter with Tuesday’s announcement that law firm Forman Watkins & Krutz will occupy the upper four floors of the 22-story tower in downtown Jackson. The 29-year-old firm’s move from downtown’s City Centre into the 55,000 square foot space should be completed by late May or early June, ...

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Brandon Clement chasing storms and his dreams

Brandon Clement of Terry chased the Bennington tornado, a large, violent tornado that touched down near Bennington, Kan., May 30, 2013. The tornado was unusual in that it hardly moved over a period of about an hour when tornadoes usually speed through areas.

By BECKY GILLETTE Some people might think it well, a bit foolhardy, to be chasing after tornadoes. But Brandon Clement of Terry finds it exhilarating to observe weather in its most extreme forms — and sharing that information with the National Weather Service, emergency responders and the general public in the form of live feeds goes beyond entertaining to being potentially ...

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Shift to fiscal hardliners makes road rough for new transportation money


By TED CARTER Mississippi’s business leaders may have waited too long – or perhaps not long enough – in targeting winter 2016 for a legislative showdown on how Mississippi pays for upkeep of its roads, bridges and other infrastructure. Today, any comprehensive transportation package that includes new funding is up against a 2016 legislative class with a sizable number of members ...

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Ga. Chamber big player in Peach State’s 2015 transportation funding overhaul


  By TED CARTER Georgia once paid its residents to drive hybrid vehicles. Today, it is charging owners of the electric automobiles $200 a year to drive on Georgia roads. The registration fee on hybrids, which climbs to $300 for commercial vehicles, brought strong protests but survived as part of an extensive 2015 transportation funding revamp that is projected to generate ...

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Do hybrid owners pay their share, or do they have a target on their back?

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  By TED CARTER Georgia did it. So did Virginia, before the Commonwealth decided it wasn’t such a great idea, after all. The two states enacted special registration fees on hybrid cars, figuring that motorists who drive electrically powered cars put wear and tear on roadways but avoid paying the motor fuel taxes that pay for road maintenance. With the stroke ...

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Pullout by United Health would hurt competition in state’s exchange

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By JACK WEATHERLY  A bright outlook for the Mississippi insurance exchange for 2016 is threatened by the possible pullout in 2017 of its biggest insurer. The United Health Group says it may depart from all the Affordable Care Act exchanges because they are a drain on its bottom line. United Health plans to expand its coverage to all 82 counties in the ...

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Small businesses report premiums rising, are unaware of stiff IRS fine


By JACK WEATHERLY  Sixty-three percent of small-business owners reported higher health insurance premiums between July 2014 and July 2015, according to a National Federation of Independent Business survey. Also, 16 percent of the businesses surveyed are offering – and 20 percent are considering offering — a benefit for workers that they don’t realize is outlawed by the Internal Revenue Service’s interpretation ...

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