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Tupelo begins energy efficiency program saving $140K a year


TUPELO — The city of Tupelo should start saving $140,000 or more each year for the next two decades by upgrading to more efficient lighting at athletic fields, parks and government buildings. Under the energy savings contract with Schneider Electric, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the city will spend about $5.3 million to replace the old lighting at 27 ...

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Port of Gulfport can now be used for military purposes

Gulfport Port

GULFPORT — The Port of Gulfport is now one of only 17 in the nation designated as a “strategic port” by the U.S. Department of Defense. The Sun Herald reports the designation opens the door for a new class of cargo and shipments. Executive Director Jonathan Daniels say Gulfport can now be used as a shipping point for military cargo ...

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Jackson may privatize parking meters


JACKSON — The city of Jackson will advertise next month for proposals to privatize the city’s parking meter operation. The Clarion-Ledger reports the city council voted Thursday to encourage Mayor Tony Yarber’s administration to request proposals. City Deputy Chief Administrator Marshand Crisler said the administration supports the move. Councilman Ashby Foote said the city is losing $100,000 or more a ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: State’s conservatism nothing new

politics GOP

Legislative Republicans, especially House Speaker Philip Gunn, often talk about their accomplishments during the current  four-year tenure that is quickly coming to an end. “Since Republicans gained control,” they often say as they tout their record as any good politician would do. It is true that Republicans gained a majority in the Mississippi House four years ago for the first ...

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Work on Jackson’s Capitol Art Lofts delayed

These renderings show the Capitol Art Lofts, which will have 31 
apartments for rent and priced so that artists and other creative people 
can afford them.

By JACK WEATHERLY  HRI Properties announced in April that it had secured financing for a $10.4 million renovation of a historic block across from the King Edward hotel on Capitol Street in Jackson. Construction of the Capitol Art Lofts, according to the New Orleans-based developer, was to start this fall. But Joshua Collen, vice president for development for HRI, said ...

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Audits show maritime revenue decline for Port of Gulfport

Gulfport Port

By TED CARTER As it entered the final stages of a multi-year restoration of the Port of Gulfport, the Mississippi State Port Authority ended fiscal 2015 with a net operating loss of $11.5 million, a 2015 audit report shows. A drop of $600,000 in revenues from fiscal 2014 levels contributed to the shortfall. But the main contributor was $9.1 million in ...

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Trade pact touted as gold mine for Mississippi exporters


By JACK WEATHERLY  Foreign trade accounts for one in five Mississippi jobs, growing them at six times the overall jobs creation rate in the state. That’s the take from the Business Roundtable, composed of executives of corporations around the country. Now the U.S. Commerce Department has some more eye-popping figures. The 11 countries that the United States would join in ...

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Signing up for health coverage through the exchange

Denise Woodcock received help from Joy Humes in signing up for Humana coverage. Also shown is Jakajia Woodcock, 14.

By JACK WEATHERLY Denise Woodcock had never seen a reason for her to have health insurance. After all, she said, “I hardly ever get sick.” Then she had to go to an emergency room about a month ago. That left her with a $13,000 medical bill – and a resolve to buy insurance. “That kind of scared me,” she said. ...

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Nan Morrison: a passion for financial literacy (WITH VIDEO)

Selena Swartzfager and Nan Morrison

By ALAN TURNER Growing up on Long Island, Nan Morrison, president and CEO of the Council for Economic Education, says that she first learned about financial literacy from her father, who owned several radio stations in New York. She also acquired a love of numbers, and wound up with a degree in Applied Mathematics from Yale University, finishing magna cum ...

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