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FEMA agrees to extend program

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Following congressional directive authored by U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved Mississippi’s application to extend its program to help the few thousand Mississippians who remain displaced by Hurricane Katrina to find new homes. FEMA has approved an eight-month extension, through March 31, 2010, for the Mississippi Disaster Case Management Pilot ...

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Home2 coming to Hub City

HATTIESBURG — Home2 Suites by Hilton announced the approval of a franchise application for Hattiesburg. The developer for the new hotel is Narayan Global Hotel LLC.   The cost of the project was not disclosed. Located near I-59 at Exit 65AB , the hotel is set to break ground within the next year, with an anticipated opening in early 2011. ...

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Construction material costs rise

After nearly one year of decline, prices for construction materials rose 1 percent in August. Despite the increase, on a year-over-year basis, construction materials prices are down 7.4 percent. Materials experiencing increases include softwood lumber, up 10.9 percent for the month, but still down 8.7 percent from a year ago. Nonferrous wire and cable prices jumped 6.2 percent in August, ...

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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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