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7 people sentenced for online fraud scam

A 70-year-old Mississippi woman is among seven people sentenced for their roles in an online fraud scheme involving counterfeit checks, mystery shopper websites and work-from-home scams. The U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday that Ann Louise Franzen, of Kiln, and four others pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit identity theft and theft of government property. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola ...

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The ‘Blue Economy’ to get a boost with $10M Marine Science Facility at Port of Gulfport

By BECKY GILLETTE GULFPORT — It has been estimated that 35 percent of the Coast’s economy is based on maritime businesses like shipbuilding, transportation, fishing and tourism. And now what has been dubbed the “Blue Economy” will get another boost with the construction of a new $10-million Marine Science Facility that will be built by the Port of Gulfport for the University of ...

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Makers of cookies and coaxial cable among export award winners

By JACK WEATHERLY  Flathau’s Fine Foods’ exports of its cookies and cheese straws are growing at between 5 percent and 10 percent a year. Chile is the Petal-based company’s biggest overseas customer, according to founder Jeff Flathau. It was one of six Mississippi companies recognized for achievements at the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Exporting Aug. 26 at the Jackson ...

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Synergetics adds 3 to team

Synergetics, a provider of technology solutions for education, government and business, has hired three new employees. Logan Box is an interactive technology technician. Mike Fuller a sales account manager for client sales in Alabama and Florida. Shelby Pace is an inside sales account manager and will support the sales team and customers. Box has six years of service and network ...

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CONSTRUCTION: Building an electric career with a 5-year training plan

By LISA MONTI Twenty-nine apprentices selected for the Jackson Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee program attended their first class Aug. 15. “Hopefully, five years from now we will have all 29 finishing the program,” said Jim Stephens, the training director for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers or IBEW. The new trainees are among 90 apprentices taking part in ...

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NASA conducts RS-25 rocket engine test

NASA engineers have successfully conducted a development test of the RS-25 rocket engine at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis. The RS-25 will help power the core stage of the agency’s new Space Launch System rocket for the journey to Mars. The test was conducted Thursday. NSAS said the development tests are providing key data on engine performance. ...

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TECH 21 — Mississippi’s most wanted in technology for 2016

When examining Mississippi’s contributions to the technology world, there are tech veterans whose works are still being felt, and there are young minds who are bringing new ideas. The Tech 21 is the Mississippi Business Journal’s take on some of the top contributors to technology in Mississippi and the world.   JIM BARKSDALE, Chairman & President Barksdale Management Jim Barksdale’s ...

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Southern Miss scores a safety for stadiums

By NASH NUNNERY The epicenter for spectator sports security isn’t located in a mega-metropolis such as New York, Chicago, London or Barcelona. Actually, the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) is housed on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. The Center is the nation’s first academic center dedicated to spectator sports safety and security ...

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Imaging institute at Mississippi State has variety of uses for its tools in business and research

By BECKY GILLETTE Zack Rowland, who recently became director of the Institute for Imaging & Analytical Technologies (I2AT) at Mississippi State University,  has long had a serious interest in photography and electrical engineering. Now he is overseeing an institute with state-of-the-art equipment with such strong microscopic magnifications that it is almost possible to see individual atoms. “Current research activities are being ...

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Innovators Hall of Fame to add Sanderson, Howards, Mara and Sethi

Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer of Sanderson Farms, Inc. in Laurel, will be honored the Mississippi Innovators Hall of Fame as the recipient of the 2016 Legend Award, which is presented to distinguished, exemplary and visionary leaders and innovators who have had a legendary impact on the state of Mississippi. Previous ...

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