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BILL CRAWFORD — History may repeat itself in 3rd district race

Will history repeat itself in the Third Congressional District election this year?    In 1964 a wealthy, agricultural businessman came out of nowhere to win what was then the Fourth Congressional District seat. Prentiss Walker, then 47, president of Walker Egg Farms and owner of Walker’s Supermarket in rural Mize, won as a conservative on the coattails of Barry Goldwater’s ...

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Pearl, Meridian Toys R Us among 180 stores to close nationwide

Toys R Us, squeezed by Amazon.com and huge chains like Walmart, will close 180 stores, or about 20 percent of its U.S. locations, within months. Here’s a list of the Toys R Us locations closing, by state and territory. Asterisks indicate multiple locations are shutting within a town or city. Alabama: 2 Birmingham, Tuscaloosa Arkansas: 2 Fort Smith, Little Rock ...

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In April, Meridian’s MAX will expose visitors to state’s music, literature, performing arts

By NASH NUNERY mbj@msbusiness.com After years of planning, and despite hardships incurred from the economic recession and Hurricane Katrina, construction on the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience in Meridian is progressing without a hitch. Better known as The MAX, the 58,000-square-foot evolutionary high-tech museum will expose visitors to Mississippi icons in literature, music, performing, design, and the visual and culinary ...

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Rush Health Systems to cut more than 100 workers

A Mississippi hospital system is cutting more than 100 employees, saying it needs to reduce costs because of lower reimbursements from Medicare, Medicaid and other insurers. Meridian-based Rush Health Systems has 2,800 employees across seven hospitals and multiple clinics. It announced the cuts Tuesday, saying it must “dramatically reduce” expenses. The private, nonprofit system tells local media that it’s trying ...

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Navy to break ground on solar facility at Mississippi base

The U.S. Navy has announced a groundbreaking ceremony for a solar generation facility at a base in Mississippi. A Navy statement says the project on Naval Air Station Meridian will be commemorated Thursday afternoon. The Navy, Tennessee Valley Authority, East Mississippi Electric Power Association and Silicon Ranch Corporation have partnered to develop the facility that will generate up to six ...

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Feds OK rehab for hotel in historic Art Deco building

The federal government has OK’d plans to turn an Art Deco landmark in central Mississippi into a hotel. The Meridian Star reports that the National Parks Service has approved plans to rehabilitate the 16-story Threefoot Building, completed in 1929 and named for the family that once owned it. It is still Meridian’s tallest building. The application had been held up ...

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Contaminants found in wells near Naval Air Station Meridian

U.S. Navy officials say they plan to test the water in private wells near Naval Air Station Meridian after discovering contaminants in three wells in the area. The Meridian Star reports that the Navy is asking some nearby residents to test their water as part of its policy. Navy Capt. Scott Bunnay, Navy Air Station Meridian’s commanding officer, said the ...

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Governor to help dedicate Riley Workforce Center in Meridian

Meridian Community College will hold a public ceremony for the dedication of the Riley Workforce Development Center. The Meridian Star reports (http://bit.ly/2oDGquX ) the ceremony will take place 10 a.m. Friday at the center, which is at the site of an old Wal-Mart building on Highway 19 North. Governor Phil Bryant is scheduled to be the keynote speaker. The 81,000-square-foot facility ...

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ICE agents arrest 55 working at Asian restaurants in metro Jackson, Meridian

By JACK WEATHERLY Fifty-five foreign nationals were arrested Wednesday in six Asian restaurants in metro Jackson and two in Meridian  by agents of the Immigration and U.S. Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. Thomas Byrd, public affairs officer for the ICE office in New Orleans, would not say what the charges were, only that the agents executed criminal search warrants. Byrd said he ...

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Raytheon won’t try to build jet; project was to be in Meridian

Raytheon Co. said Wednesday that it and a partner are backing out of competition to build a U.S. Air Force training jet. The announcement came months after Waltham, Mass.-based Raytheon and an Italian company, Leonardo-Finmeccanica, said they intended to build 350 of the T-100 jets at an assembly plant near Meridian. Gov. Phil Bryant and other Mississippi officials had said ...

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