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Closings of 7 airport towers in state may become permanent

Jackson’s Hawkins Field air traffic control tower and six other control towers in Mississippi are among 173 scheduled to be closed nationwide in early April, as the Federal Aviation Administration shuts off funding for those services to accommodate the fiscal sequester of $86 billion for the remainder of 2013. In addition to Hawkins (HKS), Mississippi airports on the list are ...

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White House: Miss. education, social services, defense jobs will bear brunt of fiscal sequester

Here is the White House says the across-the-board automatic budget cuts set to begin Friday under the fiscal sequester deal between Congress and the Obama Administration will mean for Mississippi. The cuts threaten hundreds of thousands of middle class jobs, and cut vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and our men and women in uniform. MISSISSIPPI IMPACTS ...

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MSBDC project assists the new and existing

The Mississippi Small Business Development Centers have been providing a helping hand to start ups and existing businesses since the 1980s in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The MSBDC’s lead operation and administrative offices are housed at the University of Mississippi and there are seven centers and 17 counselors statewide. Over the last three fiscal years, from 2010 ...

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Stewart's a big name in small business

It was apparent to those who voted her Miss Vicksburg High School that Janita R. Stewart was destined to make a mark on the world. Starting with being a student aide for the Vicksburg Corps of Engineers when she was still in high school, Stewart went on to stellar careers first with the Corps and most recently with the U.S. ...

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Bike Crossing in right place at right time

The Bike Crossing on West Jackson Street in Ridgeland is a good example of a business having the right location and the right product at the right time. It’s owned by the Bartley family — Robert and Linda and their sons Michael and David — and opened in 2009 in Pocahontas on U.S. 49. The move to Ridgeland was made ...

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Pentagon furloughs to cost Miss. over $50 million in payroll

The numbers are starting to come in on the cost of the $86 billion federal budget sequester that kicks in March 1. For starters, Mississippi stands to lose $50.4 million in civilian defense payroll this year. That loss is to come from the planned furloughs of 800,000 Department of Defense civilians workers as part of the approximate $ 5 billion ...

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Best Buy to price match all local retailers, most online sellers

You know the routine: Go to Best Buy and check out the electronic device, try it out, return it to the shelf and thank the salesperson for her time. By that night, you’re clicking on Amazon.com and buying the exact same product, confident it’s exactly what you want, thanks to Best Buy. Best Buy — which has stores in Jackson, ...

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Treasurer’s student financial literacy bill up to Senate

  Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch is halfway to her goal of initiating financial literacy requirements in the state’s public high schools. Her proposal, contained in House Bill 637, cleared the House Wednesday on an 118-1 vote. Similar support in the Senate would assure easy sailing for the measure. However, if the Senate does not act on its financial literacy bill ...

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Stennis Days offers businsses look at rocket center opportunities

Businesses that want to do business with Stennis Space Center can connect with federal and state agencies, contractors and businesses at the rocket engine testing center during Stennis Industry Days Feb. 27-28 at Biloxi’s IP Casino-Resort-Spa at 850 Bayview Ave. Organizers say the event brings together resources to help facilitate partnerships. The goal is to create an atmosphere of collaboration ...

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Mississippi Economic Council tour wants ideas on making business better

The Mississippi Economic Council Insight Tour has a couple of more weeks to go before arriving in Hattiesburg on March 1 for its final stop. The tour, which began in Gulfport on Jan. 24, is gathering thoughts and suggestions on strengthening the state’s business climate and offers participants a chance to network with business people from around the state. The ...

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