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State company gets OK from FAA on drone flights

By LISA MONTI A small, woman-owned business at Stennis Space Center now has federal approval to fly unmanned aerial vehicles at low altitudes on commercial missions. The Federal Aviation Administration granted the exemption to Innovative Imaging and Research to operate their drones under 200 feet anywhere except near airports and events with large crowds. “Getting the exemption is huge,” said Mary ...

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Women for Progress focuses on success among minorities

By BECKY GILLETTE For the last 38 years, Women for Progress (womenforprogress.net), a non-profit, non-partisan community organization, has facilitated the success and upward mobility of minorities. Activities have ranged from promoting minority women taking higher paying jobs in non-traditional fields to a monthly Lunch & Learn program where an outstanding minority business woman is honored, candidates for political office are ...

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Hospital women’s group annual event this week

By LISA MONTI The 11th annual Spirit of Women Spring Event sponsored by Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg will take place March 31 at the Lake Terrace Convention Center at 11:30 a.m. Preparations for the well-attended luncheon awards program began almost immediately after last year’s event ended. “Typically we get Lake Terrace to hold two dates and then we decide ...

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Thrill is never gone for Business Woman of the Year — Felicia Gavin

By TED CARTER Felicia Gavin has been immersed in numbers her entire working life. Counting them, adjusting them, projecting them – the thrill is never gone. Today she is in her element as executive vice president and general manager of DiamondJacks Casino & Hotel in Vicksburg, one of Mississippi’s major gaming destinations. With the numbers come the added responsibility of overseeing ...

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Felicia Gavin named MBJ’s Business Woman of the Year

Felicia D. Gavin, executive vice-president and general manager for Diamondjacks Casino & Hotel in Vicksburg, was named Mississippi’s Business Woman of the Year for 2016 Thursday by the Mississippi Business Journal. Gavin was joined by 10 finalists and 39 other honorees at an event at the Old Capitol Inn in Downtown Jackson. For Gavin, a good leader should also be a great ...

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Center for Justice suit: Removing minorities behind Ridgeland war on apartments

By TED CARTER The Mississippi Center for Justice, a public interest law organization, has added a 38-page lawsuit to a stack of suits against the City of Ridgeland over a 2014 zoning ordinance that targets multi-family rental complexes. Joined by multi-state private law firm Venable LLP, the Center filed suit Friday in federal court in Jackson alleging that Ridgeland violated the ...

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ACLU-MS gets $1 million to address ‘disparate’ school disciple

From Staff The American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi Foundation (ACLU-MS) received a two-year $1 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to address “excessive discipline” of African-American boys in schools. The Kellogg Foundation and ACLU-MS say they want statewide standards for school discipline that ensure that the codes of student conduct in Mississippi’s school districts meet basic standards of ...

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Mississippi oil workers feeling effects of price downturn

By JACK WEATHERLY  Rosemary Smith built her oilfield rental business from the ground up over 30 years. And the foundations of her R&R Rentals and Hotshot Inc. have been shaken twice since then. In 2008, crude oil started the year at $92 a barrel, spiked to nearly $150 in July — due in part to speculation fueled by fears that ...

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WE'RE IN THE TOP 5 — Mississippi a leader as more women are becoming business owners

By LYNN LOFTON  Women-owned businesses are flourishing in Mississippi and the facts prove it. These businesses increased by 81 percent between 1997 and 2014, according to a study conducted by American Express OPEN, earning the state a spot among the top five states in the country. This growing percentage is part of an ongoing American success story since 1997. “Women ...

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State development agency program helps business owners access new opportunities

By BECKY GILLETTE How important are the Mississippi Development Authority programs that help minority and women-owned business owner learn how to access opportunities to get government contracts? First, government is big business and the largest employer in Mississippi. Second, with 51.4 percent of the state female, and 37 percent African American, a large segment of the state’s population fits underneath ...

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