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Digital Quest book finding readers

RIDGELAND — Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute (ATI) has adopted Digital Quest’s book, “AGIS in Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources.” The book is providing a useful guide for practical application for ATI’s recently launched course that introduces students to geographic information systems (GIS). Developed by Digital Quest in collaboration with Terry Brase and his colleagues at AgroKnowledge, the book focuses ...

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Trust to release list of endangered places

JACKSON — On Sept. 10, the Mississippi Heritage Trust (MHT) will reveal its “10 Most Endangered Historic Places” list for 2009, shining a spotlight on historic places that are in danger of disappearing forever. The event will take place from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. at the Union Train Station in downtown Jackson. Tickets, which are $50 per person in ...

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Construction still shedding jobs

Employers in the non-residential building construction industry cut 600 jobs in August, according the September 4 employment report by the U.S. Labor Department. On a year-over-year basis, non-residential building construction employment decreased by 102,500 jobs to 727,100. Heavy and civil engineering construction employment dropped by 8,400 jobs in August and is down 120,800 from one year ago. Non-residential specialty trade ...

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City strengthens building code grading

PASCAGOULA — The City of Pascagoula recently lowered its building code effectiveness grading (BCEGS) from a 6/6 to a 4/4. Communities are graded on a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being complete compliance. The lower rating is an improvement and results in lower insured losses and improved insurance rates for commercial and residential properties, the city said. This ...

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Utilities rated tops by Site Selection

Site Selection magazine has named the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and Entergy Corporation two of the Top Utilities of 2008. And, it gave Mississippi Power an honorable mention. This was the fourth consecutive year in which TVA has earned the Top Utilities honor. In 2008, TVA and distributors of TVA power, working with state and local partners in the seven-state ...

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Riley makes donation to MSU-Meridian

The Riley Foundation has committed $4.5 million to Mississippi State University (MSU) to expand its presence in downtown Meridian. The gift includes the donation of the Newberry Building, a historical landmark adjacent to the MSU Riley Center, and scholarships for MSU-Meridian. Mark E. Keenum, president of MSU, said, “This commitment will enhance educational opportunities in Meridian, Lauderdale County and across ...

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MDOT gives ARRA update

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — During a recent news conference, leaders of the Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (SASHTO) showcased the progress being made to create and preserve jobs through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds. Larry L. “Butch” Brown, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) and SASHTO president said, “The proof is in ...

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City holding design charrette

COLUMBUS — A charrette is being be held in the City of Columbus Sept. 1-3. The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) through a West Alabama/East Mississippi (WAEM) grant, is conducting the three-day program. During the program, MMSA and the city of Columbus are putting their heads together to develop a conceptual framework plan for knitting together prior planning exercises with ...

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New Katrina recovery program established

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Gov. Haley Barbour has unveiled a new Hurricane Katrina recovery housing initiative targeted specifically at rehabilitating rental structures in existing neighborhoods south of Interstate 10. “With more than 70 percent of our $5.4-billion federally funded Katrina recovery package budgeted toward restoring housing stock, we’re seeing the Coast’s overall housing availability requirements being rapidly met, particularly as ...

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Tax credit deadline

  By all measures, the $8,000 first-time homebuyer’s tax credit provided under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has been just the medicine the ailing housing sector needed. The pace of existing home sales in the U.S. in July was the fastest in nearly two years. And, production and permitting for new single-family homes nationwide rose to their highest ...

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