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DAVID HAMPTON — Even Mad Max had smooth roads to drive on

I‘ve always liked post-apocalyptic science fiction movies. You know, movies like Planet of the Apes, The Time Machine, Mad Max, On the Beach, Book of Eli. Mankind has blown it up and all is a wasteland. The characters struggle to survive. They scavenge the crumbling remains of the civilization their ancestors once built. The good science fiction message, of course, ...

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Wicker to face winner between Baria, Sherman

Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi easily won a Republican primary Tuesday, months after being endorsed by President Donald Trump and the same day Trump tweeted that the legislator “has my total support!” Wicker served nearly 13 years in the U.S. House before then-Gov. Haley Barbour appointed him to the Senate in late 2007 when fellow Republican Trent Lott resigned. Wicker’s ...

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Consent decree to cost Mississippi city more than $120M

A city council in Mississippi has voted to enter an agreement to avoid litigation by updating its sewer system at a cost of more than $120 million over the next 20 years. News outlets report the Meridian City Council agreed to enter into a consent decree Tuesday with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice. The EPA found ...

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Mississippi city approves increases to water and sewer rates

Officials in a Mississippi city have increased how much customers of its water and sewer systems will pay for the services. The Vicksburg Post reports Vicksburg’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved an ordinance Monday, setting the new rates. Half of the increases will be levied in October, and the other half in October 2019. The least a residential water customer will ...

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Southern Motion agrees to acquire Fusion Furniture

A producer of upholstered motion furniture that has several facilities in Mississippi has agreed to acquire Fusion Furniture Inc. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reported Tuesday that Southern Motion Inc. and Fusion will employee more than 2,000 workers, with more than 2 million square feet (19 million square meters) of owned domestic manufacturing facilities. Southern Motion President and CEO Roger Bland says ...

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Delaware launches sports betting, other states close behind 

The market for legal sports gambling in the United States widened significantly on Tuesday with the expansion of single-game sports bets in Delaware, putting legal wagering within driving distance of three major East Coast cities less than a month after the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for states to accept the bets. Instead of flying to Las Vegas or ...

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Former Biloxi mayor A.J. Holloway dead at 79

A.J. Holloway, who oversaw an unprecedented number of quality-of-life improvements during his unprecedented 22 years as Biloxi’s mayor, died early Tuesday morning. He was 79. He was elected to the City Council in 1989 and elected mayor in 1993, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, and 2013, before resigning in 2015. Holloway became mayor a year after casino gaming was legalized. The ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Tourism is on a roll in Mississippi

Tourism is on a roll. Although international visitors to the United States is down, domestic tourism continues to climb. Several states posted record tourism numbers. Ohio drew 219 million tourism visits in 2017, up from 212 million the previous year, and saw direct spending rise by $1 billion to $35 billion, according to TourismOhio. Governor Rick Scott said that Florida ...

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$11.5 million Madison County distribution center announced 

By JACK WEATHERLY The Fastenal Co. will build a $11.5 million istribution center in Madison County and expects to create 60 jobs over the next three years.   Fastenal provides companies with fasteners, tools and supplies needed to manufacture products, build structures and maintain facilities and equipment. The 129,000-square-foot Madison County distribution center, the company‘s 15th in North America, will be located off Sowell Road.   The Mississippi Development Authority is providing $350,000 for ...

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OP-ED — Another case of ill-informed pronouncements on education in Mississippi

Bill Crawford has recently written several pieces on how to best train Mississippi’s work force. He makes his point by using the research generated by the Nobel Prize winning economist, Dr. James Heckman, who has shown that the greatest return on investment (ROI) in educating the workforce of the future is through high quality early childhood education. I suppose Grant ...

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