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Mississippi wins Gold Shovel Award

Mississippi has received a 2017 Gold Shovel Award from Area Development magazine. The Gold Shovel signifies substantial economic development achievement in the state. Area Development is a leading economic development publication covering site selection and facility planning. The Shovel Awards are presented to state economic development agencies that demonstrate significant economic development success. Criteria include the number of high-value added ...

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DAVID HAMPTON — 50 years after Delta tour, we still struggle to face the challenges

Given the facts and the right information, people will do the right thing. I have often said this in speaking to students about the importance of good journalism — reporting that examines and analyzes and helps people reach logical and helpful solutions to the problems we all face. Yes, we differ, we debate, we filter things through our political leanings, ...

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Silver Slipper Casino on a roll with new amenities

By LISA MONTI A casual new seafood venue and a Caribbean-inspired pool area are the newest amenities at Silver Slipper Casino Hotel in Hancock County. The Bayou Caddy Oyster Bar and the Beach Club are the latest investments that casino owner Full House Resorts has made in Silver Slipper in the last couple of years. The $20 million  hotel opened ...

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Stink bug poses major threat to soybean crop

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi’s largest and most valuable row crop, soybeans, is under attack by a pest that can significantly reduce production of the crop. And so an emergency forum on the redbanded stink bug will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Capps Center of the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville. Data will ...

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ANALYSIS: Let’s take a data-driven look at another side of Nissan’s success story

  It’s no surprise that the union vote at Nissan’s manufacturing facility in Canton generated national headlines. This coverage culminated last week when workers voted 2,244 to 1,307 against the union. As I wrote in a recent column about millenials in Mississippi, there’s always another side to a story. I think one of the most compelling stories about Nissan has ...

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DENNIS SEID: Toyota-Mazda partnership would benefit state, region

Toyota’s announcement Aug. 4 that it had signed a joint venture agreement with Mazda to build Corollas and other vehicles sent state and local leaders through a range of emotions – surprise, concern and hope. If you didn’t hear, the two Japanese automakers, which signed an agreement two years ago to work closer together, said they would build a $1.6 billion ...

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Toyota Mississippi production unaffected by Toyota-Mazda venture

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal BLUE SPRINGS – Toyota Mississippi officials said production of the Corolla at the Blue Springs plant won’t be affected by Friday’s announcement that Toyota will be building the vehicle at a new $1.6 billion assembly plant in which it is partnering with Mazda. A location for the plant hasn’t been decided, but the facility ...

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Economy, not internet, cited for drop in state sales tax revenue

By BOBBY HARRISON State Economist Darrin Webb cites economic angst, not internet shoppers, for the prolonged period of sluggish sales tax collections for the state. The collection of the sales tax, the state’s largest source of revenue, was sluggish during the past fiscal year and started the new fiscal year on an even more dismal note. The anemic sales tax ...

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Ridgeland sets trial run toward becoming a ‘smart city’

By JACK WEATHERLY Traffic goes with growth. Ridgeland’s population has more than doubled since 1990 – reaching nearly 25,000 –while the Madison County’s estimated 2016 population likewise more than doubled in that period, hitting 105,000. And traffic drives much of the waking hours of government and civic leaders in the county. The population growth “has put a major strain on ...

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Justice denies expedited hearing of Costco case

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Chamberlain has denied a motion by the city of Ridgeland to expedite the hearing of an appeal by homeowners challenging the legitimacy of a rezoning of property for the creation of a phase of the Renaissance at Colony Parkway. Madison County Circuit Court Judge John Emfinger ruled in April in favor ...

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