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Shipbuilders say McCain measure threatens Gulf shipyard jobs

A proposed amendment by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to the Keystone XL pipeline bill poses a huge threat to Gulf Coast shipbuilding industry and the $15 billion economic punch the shipyards provide, the Shipbuilders Council of America and American Maritime Partnership say. The amendment proposes to eliminate the existing requirement that vessels operating exclusively in America under the Jones Act ...

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Ingalls announces $102,000 in Gulf Coast 'STEM' grants

PASCAGOULA — The Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries has awarded more than $102,000 in grants for science, technology, engineering and mathematics projects at 28 schools and educational organizations in Mississippi and Alabama. Over the last seven years, the defense contractor has awarded nearly $610,000 in such grants to area schools. The projects announced by Ingalls on Friday in ...

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Soap maker pays $50,000 fine for violating wastewater permit

OLIVE BRANCH — An Olive Branch soap maker is paying a $50,000 civil fine for failing to renew its wastewater permit on time and for increasing wastewater discharges. Marietta American agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The plant is a unit of hotel toiletries maker Marietta Corp. of Cortland, New York. A Dec. 9 ...

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MDOT chief: Design flaw halted I-55 work

By Jack Weatherly A design flaw in the widening of Interstate 55 between Byram and the I-20 interchange brought work to a halt on the heavily traveled stretch, according to Mississippi Department of Transportation Executive Director Melinda McGrath. The mistake is in the design of retaining walls flaw in the 7.5-mile stretch from the southbound McDowell Road exit at the ...

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Fed’s Atlanta district reports employers switching to hiring mode

Demand for workers has increased throughout the Atlanta Federal Reserve District in recent weeks, the Federal Reserve reported in the Jan. 14 Beige Book. Published several times a year, the Beige Book provides assessments of economic conditions in the nation’s 12 Fed districts. Beige Book information is gathered from a network of business sources in each district. The Atlanta District, ...

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Pascagoula shipyard pays $144K fine over dust and paint

A Pascagoula shipyard is paying a $144,545 civil fine for violations including allowing sandblasting particles and paint to become airborne. VT Halter Marine agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The shipyard, owned by Singapore Technologies Engineering, has been one of several industries along Bayou Casotte that has faced complaints from nearby neighbors. A Nov. ...

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Survey of business & political leaders shows dismal assessment of roads, bridges

Electronic voting by about 150 business and political leaders Thursday showed that eight out of 10 of those surveyed rank repairs and maintenance of Mississippi’s highways and bridges above all other transportation infrastructure needs. Roads and bridge repairs and upkeep won out over such pursuits as expanding the state’s highway system and upgrading airports and seaports. A capacity crowd on ...

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Frozen sandwich maker to hire 200 for plant near Tupelo

SHANNON — A California company will soon be making sandwiches in a former meat processing factory near Tupelo. Raybern Foods plans to invest more than $10 million and hire 200 people to make frozen deli sandwiches in a 130,000 square foot building in Shannon. Raybern, of Hayward, California, makes frozen sandwiches that it sells through grocers including Wal-Mart. The company ...

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Emergency workers' new hydraulic tools allow faster rescues

OLIVE BRANCH —  New hydraulic rescue tools will let crews extract people from smashed cars much faster, says Olive Branch Fire Capt. Dave Taylor. “They could probably do an extraction in half the time now,” he told The Memphis Commercial Appeal. Crews are training with the new tools, which Deputy Chief Ken Givens said are also much lighter than the ...

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Analysis: Questions linger on potential Columbus aluminum mill

By JEFF AMY The strange recruitment of a potential $1.2 billion aluminum mill rolls on. American Specialty Alloys had promised to announce a site and a financing plan by the end of the year. The company sparked a lot of speculation by putting a countdown clock on its website that ended at 7 p.m. December 19. But Chief Marketing Officer ...

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