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Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau cancels city lease

The Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau has received the city’s permission to leave the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad Depot. The Vicksburg Post reports that the Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Monday authorized Mayor George Flaggs Jr. to cancel the VCVB’s 20-year lease at the depot. The city will reimburse the $116,250 that has been unused of the $150,000 ...

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Mission S-IC: NASA Saturn V moon rocket stage moving to Mississippi

More than four decades after its mission to the moon was canceled, NASA’s last-assembled Saturn V rocket stage has been launched on a journey to become a roadside attraction. “We are putting it on display along Interstate 10, one of the most heavily traveled interstates in the country. People will be able to see it as they enter Mississippi from ...

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Louisiana firm receives Mississippi aquarium contract

The Gulfport Redevelopment Commission plans to hire a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, firm to market The Mississippi Aquarium, slated to for a downtown space across from Jones Park. Commission Chairwoman Carole Lynn Meadows tells The Sun Herald (http://bit.ly/24Vun9j) MESH Integrated Marketing and Advertising scored highest of six finalists. “We tried to look at all the proposals fairly to see what the ...

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State’s at-will employment doctrine vulnerable in gun lawsuit

By TED CARTER A federal lawsuit over the firing of an Aurora Flight Sciences worker for having a gun in his car at work could soon punch a large hole in Mississippi’s  150-year-old “at-will employment” doctrine. While Robert Swindol’s suit against drone aircraft maker Aurora Flight Sciences is still under review by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New ...

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MEC, Manufacturers Association, Municipal League fear breach of fire-at-will doctrine

By TED CARTER The Mississippi Supreme Court would deal a “devastating blow” to the state’s 150-year-old at-will employment doctrine by sticking to a March ruling that a worker should not have been fired for having a firearm in a locked vehicle at work. Those are the stakes as seen by the Mississippi Economic Council, the Mississippi Manufacturers Association and the Mississippi ...

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Old River Trucks extends reach from Richland to Lake Charles

» Family-owned Volvo truck company acquires three Louisiana Mack dealerships By TED CARTER Richland-based Old River Trucks, one of Mississippi and the nation’s top selling Volvo tractor-trailer dealers and servicers, doubled its size June 1 with acquisition of a trio of Mack truck dealerships in south Louisiana. Company founder Lee White says he saw acquisition of the Mack dealerships in New ...

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German auto parts maker sets Yellow Creek demonstration

By JACK WEATHERLY Hago Automotive Corp. scheduled a Thursday demonstration of its operation in Yellow Creek Inland Port North in Tishomingo County that will bring 80 jobs. The announcement comes on the heels of a steel-speciality company’s announcement last week of plant at the port, creating 100 jobs. Hago, a wholly owned subsidiary of a Germany-based company, will make parts ...

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Canton distiller turning out corn whiskey

By JACK WEATHERLY  David Rich is turning out corn liquor at his distillery in Canton. He’s pounded the pavement of Madison and Hinds counties getting the word out about Rich Distilling Co., and getting its liquor in package stores. It’s moving off the shelves nicely, he said. McDade’s Wine and Spirits in Jackson’s Maywood Mart, for example, had sold nine ...

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Port of Gulfport talks with potential major tenant

By JACK WEATHERLY  The Port of Gulfport is in talks with what would be its largest tenant in terms of leased space. SeaOne Gulfport LLC is proposing a $450 million liquified natural gas facility, according to port Executive Director Jonathan Daniels. The 36-acre site would be part of the port expanded since Hurricane Katrina as part of $566 million from ...

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Officials talk about international status for Natchez port

The Natchez-Adams County Port Commission has instructed its port director to look into what benefits being an international port of exit or entry could bring to Adams County. The Natchez Democrat reports the move came Wednesday after Port Director Anthony Hauer told the board he’d received inquiries about the port’s status as a port of exit or entry from two ...

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