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BILL CRAWFORD — Primaries for Harper seat coming June 5

June 5 primaries to begin choosing who will fill the 3rd District congressional seat abandoned by Rep. Gregg Harper are six weeks away. Six candidates are seeking the Republican nomination, two the Democratic nomination.    With no other significant races on the June ballots, turnout will be the key factor. That means get-out-the-vote (GOTV) activities will be critical. While free social media ...

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BancorpSouth to pay $146 million to acquire Texas bank

 BancorpSouth announced Thursday that it will pay $146 million in stock and cash to buy a Texas bank. Tupelo-based bank would buy Icon Capital Corp, whose Icon Bank has seven offices and $794 million in assets in the Houston area.BancorpSouth will pay stock valued at $128.3 million, plus $17.5 million in cash. The move will more than double BancorpSouth’s presence ...

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UPDATE: Court rules against Ridgeland’s Costco plan

By Jack Weatherly The Mississippi Supreme Court found on Thursday that Ridgeland acted improperly in rezoning property for what would’ve allowed the construction a Costco Wholesale store on a 45-acre site on Highland Colony Parkway. The court reversed a ruling by Judge John Emfinger in Madison County Circuit Court. It ruled that the city of Ridgeland hadn’t proved that the ...

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Port of Gulfport negotiating with Turkish company on multi-million projects

By LISA MONTI mbj@msbusiness.com A Turkish company is negotiating with the Mississippi State Port Authority to lo-cate a multimillion dollar terminal operation at the Port of Gulfport. Officials with the Port Authority and YilPort Holding A.S., a subsidiary of Yildirim Holding A.S., based in Istanbul, signed a letter of intent this month to kick off the negotiations. “Yilport is promising ...

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Manufacturing pushes state’s economy for February

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com The Mississippi Manufacturing Employment Index surged in February by 6.4 percent over January – the largest monthly increase in nearly a quarter century, according to the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning’s University Research Center. That was 2.6 percent higher than a year earlier, according to the report. “The average weekly hours of work of production employees ...

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Long-term view always the best, particularly in volatile market

By JULIA MILLER mbj@msbusiness.com As the markets bounce up and down, Mississippians may start to feel anxious, but those in the know are confident about the long-term future of the economy. Ernie George, certified financial planner, of Starkville’s E.T. George Investment Management, a fee-only registered investment advisory firm, said these markets can affect large Mississippi businesses such as BancorpSouth or ...

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TODD SMITH — Local TV news fares better than you think

It’s a known fact that TV news audiences are shrinking – and there’s plenty of research to support it. The percentage of Americans that gets news from TV is decreasing, Pew shows, and those who do get news there are the over 40 crowd. The millennials and younger generations find it even less relevant. But don’t underestimate local TV news, ...

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Former Ergon chairman Leslie Lampton dies

The Ergon Board of Directors has announced the death of Leslie B. Lampton, Chairman Emeritus of Ergon, the energy-based company he founded in 1954. He passed away Tuesday. “On behalf of Ergon, I would like to express our appreciation for the immeasurable contributions Mr. Lampton has made to our company, the communities in which Ergon serves, and countless charities,” commented ...

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