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Mississippi in multi-state probe of VW’s bogus emissions tests

FILE - This Oct. 5, 2015 file photo shows the Volkswagen logo at the building of a company retailer in Berlin, Germany. Volkswagen almost inevitably will have to compensate owners of diesel cars equipped with emissions-rigging software. Some legal experts say the automaker could be forced to buy back the cars altogether. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

By TED CARTER Mississippi has joined more than two dozen other states in investigating whether German car manufacturer Volkswagen used deceptive trade practices to convince consumers that their cars were environmentally friendly, when they weren’t. Attorney General Jim Hood’s office declined to say whether Mississippi joined the multi-state investigation. The office said only that “the nature of this investigation has been ...

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On-demand-retail adding new niche for EastGroup

EastGroup Properties’ Steele Creek Commerce Park building in Charlotte offers a combination of warehouse and office space and is visible from Interstate 485.

By TED CARTER A warehouse distribution model Jackson’s EastGroup Properties conceived nearly 20 years ago has found itself well situated to benefit from today’s “must-have-it-now” retail demand. “People want stuff and they want it quick,” said Leland Speed, the soon-to-retire founder and chairman of the real estate investment trust, or REIT. He opened the doors of the public held company in ...

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ALAN TURNER — Kemper: A bird’s eye view

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

On June 19, I accepted an invitation from Mississippi Power to visit their Kemper facility, and get an “up close and personal” view of the plant and how it works. Notwithstanding all of the controversy the construction of Kemper has caused in recent years, the actual working of the plant is deceptively simple. Basically, lignite coal is mined a few ...

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Search for Coast Coliseum director down to 4

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BILOXI — Four candidates remain for the jobs of executive director of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center. The Coliseum Commission on Thursday whittled the applications down from 18 to four. The new director will replace Bill Holmes, who is retiring in August. The names of the four candidates have not been released. Commission member Mark Mavar told The ...

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Florida marketer fined $85,000 by PSC

MBJ staff The Mississippi Public Service Commission has imposed civil penalties totaling $85,000 against L & J Bay Area Holding of Temple Terrace, Fla. and Edward L. Dement for alleged violations of the state’s No-Call law. The defendants were alleged to have violated the law on at least 17 occasions. In complaints received by the commission, the company was accused of making ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Legislature not at fault for bad reading scores


In schools districts that fared poorly on the 3rd grade reading tests, many school officials and parents blame lack of funding by the legislature.   For example, Superintendent Powell Rucker attributed Holmes County’s 59 percent passing rate to student poverty, lack of funding, and rapid teacher turnover. “It is not a test that even needed to be administered, because the state ...

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BOOK BIZ — This story of orchids and Florida captivates

» The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Passion and Obsession    
By Susan Orlean 
Published by Ballantine Books    
$14.95 softback

Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief is, quite simply, a wonder. You’ll find yourself fascinated (perhaps unexpectedly) by all the twists and turns and divergent paths Orlean takes you on. Inspired by a small newspaper article she read about the arrest of four men (three Seminoles, one white) for the theft of rare orchids from a protected Florida swamp, in Orlean’s ...

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Mississippi geography offers engineering challenges

By LISA MONTI If you look at the geography of Mississippi with an engineer’s eye, you can see some of the challenges those professionals face in their practices. “Mississippi is an interesting state for structural design,” said Jason McQueen, president of the Structural Engineers Association of Mississippi. “On the Coast there are design requirements for hurricanes and floods. In the central ...

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Barbour to lead Butler Snow economic development firm

RIDGELAND — Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is among the leaders of a new economic development firm formed by Ridgeland-based Butler Snow LLP. » READ MORE: Haley Barbour: Kemper plant will rival Grand Gulf’s performance The law firm said Monday that Barbour will serve as chairman of VisionFirst Advisors, which will provide strategic analysis and identify market opportunities for organizations. He ...

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MIST sessions could open door to federal contracts

Small business owners who want to tap into government contracting may be put off by the rules and red tape that confront them. Even those who have experience in the competitive contracting arena can be confounded by the layers of regulations. Fortunately for business owners who want to get work from the government now have the new Marine Industries Science ...

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