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Film industry workforce training starting

Film industry workforce training classes on a variety of topics begin this month at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus. Classes range from five weeks to two-day seminars and cover everything from technical skills to location scouting. Electric(ian) for the Film Industry August 23 – September 15, 2011; Tues. & Thurs., 6-9pm $200 Grip for the Film Industry September 27 – ...

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Companies exploring for oil in Southwest Mississippi

Companies are now drilling in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale play, an “unproven unconventional 7 billion barrel oil resource” spanning central Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi. The total potential of the play — as estimated by the Basin Research Institute at Louisiana State University — would equal the United States’ oil consumption for a year, which was about 6.9 billion barrels in ...

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Creating a new economy

Empty seats were at a premium Aug. 10 at the Jackson Convention Complex as hundreds gathered for the state’s first-ever Creative Economy Summit. Attendees came to learn more about the creative economy, what it is, where it is and how communities can grow it, adding jobs and enhancing their quality of life. The event, the brainchild of Mississippi Arts Commission ...

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Stop-and-go funding makes planning tough for Mississippi airport chiefs

The refusal of Congress to go beyond short-hop funding for the Federal Aviation Administration has made uncertainty just another work challenge that the heads of Mississippi’s two major commercial airports must overcome. As one funding lapse ends another one appears on the horizon for Dirk Vanderleest at Jackson-Evers International Airport and Bruce Frallic at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. The Aug. 8 ...

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Alabama hardball: Birmingham mayor wants private land for ballpark

Baseball in the backyard is an American mainstay. But giving up your backyard for baseball? Birmingham Mayor William Bell is asking his City Council to endorse a plan to seize private property for building a new home for the Birmingham Barons, the city’s AA minor league baseball team that now plays at suburban Hoover’s Regions Park. The project also calls ...

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Creating money

The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) and Mississippi Arts Commission are offering the state’s first Creative Economy Summit this week that will include the unveiling of a first-of-its-kind comprehensive study of Mississippi’s creative industries. Communities such as Oxford, Meridian and the Mississippi Gulf Coast have found success in growing their “creative economy” — adding jobs and enhancing communities’ quality of life ...

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FAA money restored but Jackson-Evers projects may be in jeopardy

Late Friday afternoon action by the U.S. Senate and President Obama got the Federal Aviation Administration back in business but the big dollars lost in airline fees could hurt long-range projects planned by Jackson-Evers International Airport and other airports throughout Mississippi. At Jackson-Evers 10 FAA workers will return to work Monday after a two-week furlough caused by the refusal of ...

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Looming defense cuts bring return of familiar anxieties

Last Tuesday’s deal to slash defense spending by hundreds of billions as part of the deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling set off the kind of anxiousness not felt in Columbus since the Base Realignment & Closure commission shut down a half-dozen years ago. Suddenly, the Golden Triangle’s continued economic resurgence is not as sure a thing as it ...

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Welfare is a Catch-22

Getting on welfare easier than getting off Regardless of the definition of poverty or opinions on solutions for change, one thing is certain: Getting on government assistance is a lot easier than getting off. Many single mothers who become dependent on welfare programs find the road to self-sufficiency difficult. Tanya Shavers, a 34-year-old mother of four who recently moved out ...

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Miss. poverty grows with single mom rate

See related story: “Welfare is a Catch-22,” Aug. 1, 2011 Despite having one of the nation’s top-rated welfare programs, Mississippi has the highest poverty rate in the nation: 21.8 percent. While a national group of experts has said poverty numbers are incorrectly calculated and are too high, the fact remains that approximately 20 percent of Mississippians are not self-sufficient. Don ...

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