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Tractor Supply to open in Bay St. Louis

Tractor Supply Co., the retail chain that carries top brands for farmers, gardeners, homeowners and their pets, is coming to Bay St. Louis. The site is being cleared ahead of construction start. » Read the complete story at GULF COAST BUSINESS TODAY

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Diamondhead projects moving forward

The City of Diamondhead has more than $2.2 million worth of projects under way to improve the city’s recreational assets, drainage and economic development. Here’s a look at the projects and their progress: » Read complete story at GULF COAST BUSINESS TODAY

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Recycle group selects its best

By BECKY GILLETTE Recycling makes good sense to protect the environment and reduce waste disposal costs whether at a small city, a county or one of the largest manufacturers in the state. The Mississippi Recycling Coalition (MRC) recently presented the 2016 Environmental Hero Awards as Recyclers of the Year to five organizations in the state including the City of Morton, ...

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Environment a natural fit for Baker

By NASH NUNNERY Dallas Baker developed a deep connection with nature growing up in the Oxford area.  He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing, and became environmentally conscious virtually in the hills of his own backyard. “As a kid in the 1970s, there seemed to be illegal dumps everywhere, at least around where I lived,” he said. “Just a ...

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TODD SMITH: United outlines 10 things it will do to avoid crisis

United Airlines is taking steps to avoid another crisis – and make flying the airline better. The airline said it is making 10 changes to prevent a repeat of what happened to David Dao, who was dragged from a flight because the carrier needed extra seats for commuting crew members. Video of the April 9 incident quickly went viral. Dr. ...

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PHIL HARDWICK: It’s all about value

  Question: Our business wants to increase sales, but is having a difficult time because there is a lot of competition in our town. A consultant told us that customers did not perceive our business as providing as much value as our competitors. Our prices are already the same or lower. What can we do? A: Value is more than ...

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Black lawmakers set boycott over Confederate emblem on flag

Some black Mississippi officials say they are boycotting a regional legislative meeting that their own state is hosting this summer, to protest the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag. The Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus is asking the Southern Legislative Conference to push Mississippi to lose its status as the last state with a flag featuring the emblem. The caucus ...

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Credit rater warns on Mississippi, citing economy and taxes

Another credit rating agency is warning that the financial outlook for Mississippi government finances is weakening. Standard & Poor’s Financial Services on Tuesday downgraded its outlook for state government credit rating to negative from stable. S&P didn’t actually cut Mississippi’s debt ratings, but warned that it could later, saying it expects a budget squeeze to continue because of slow economic ...

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Sales of 2 Mississippi hospitals close as ex-owner cuts debt

Two small Mississippi hospitals have been sold as a large Tennessee-based company tries to pare down hospitals to reduce debt. Community Health Systems said Monday that it completed the sale of a 95-bed hospital in Amory and a 112-bed hospital in Batesville to Curae Health of Clinton, Tennessee. Also on track to be transferred to Curae is the lease for ...

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Another month’s Kemper delay adds $38M to power plant’s cost

Mississippi Power Co. is again delaying completion for its $7.3 billion Kemper County power plant. The subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Co. says it still can’t reliably run parts of the plant, including units that convert lignite coal into gas. Southern said in a stock filing Monday that it’s pushing back completion by another month to May 31, more than three ...

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