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Steel plant announces $100 million expansion


By JACK WEATHERLY Steel Dynamics Inc. announced Thursday it will carry out a $100 million expansion of its Columbus plant, which currently employs 630 and will add 40 more with the addition of a facility for painting and applying a patented galvanizing process. The plant was acquired from Severstal North America,  Russian corporation, in 2014. The facility produces sheet steel products consisting of ...

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Poll puts insurance challenger in good light, but expert says it’s flawed


By JACK WEATHERLY  A poll commissioned by John Mosley puts him, a challenger to two-term Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, in a good light. But a political analyst said the three-question poll of 1,613 voters who are “highly likely” to vote in the Aug. 4 Republican primary is flawed. The second question is: “If you knew that Commissioner Mike Chaney supported ...

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Harrison GOP says state party interfered in mayor’s race


BILOXI — The Harrison County Republican Executive Committee is protesting what it calls the state party’s interference in the Biloxi mayor’s race. Chairman Frank Genzer of Biloxi told The Sun Herald that local Republicans are upset about a letter from state Chairman Joe Nosef that questioned the GOP credentials of Andrew “FoFo” Gilich. Gilich won a special election Tuesday with ...

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Bryant tells grads there is a ‘bit of Superman in us all’


POPLARVILLE — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is encouraging community college graduates to find their inner superhero. The Sun Herald reports that Bryant spoke Thursday during commencement at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville. He told the crowd that he believes “there’s a little bit of Superman in us all.” He says he became a Superman fan when he was a ...

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DAVID DALLAS: All testy over third-grade reading results


The results are in: 15 percent of Mississippi’s third graders were unable to pass the reading test that allows them to advance to the fourth grade. Given our woeful funding and track record on education, perhaps we should take pride in the fact that eighty-five percent of the children were able to pass what amounts to a very simple reading test. While ...

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Hattiesburg mourns 2 officers slain in weekend shooting

HATTIESBURG — With lowered flags and prayers, a southern Mississippi city is mourning two police officers, while the four people arrested after their shooting deaths await an initial court appearance Monday. Red roses decorated a chain-link fence Sunday near the spot where officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate were killed, and worshippers remembered the men in a small brick church ...

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Mississippi export summit touts success of international trade

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By JACK WEATHERLY “Had we not gone international, I don’t think we’d be here today,” said Wayne Wade, president of Bio Soil Enhancers Inc. of Hattiesburg. His testimony and Gov. Phil Bryant’s touting the successes of doing business overseas were the highlights of the Governor’s 2015 Export Summit on Thursday at the Jackson Convention Center. Bio Soil nearly went out of business after ...

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Glenn McCullough ‘trained’ at TVA for his new job as MDA chief

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, right, announces Glenn McCullough Jr. as the new director of the state's economic development agency during the annual meeting of the state chamber of commerce, the Mississippi Economic Council, Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Jackson, Miss. McCullough is a former head of the Tennessee Valley Authority and former mayor of Tupelo and will succeed Brent Christensen, who is leaving the Mississippi Development Authority for a job in Greensboro, North Carolina. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

By JACK WEATHERLY & TED CARTER Gov. Phil Bryant says he didn’t need to look outside of the state to seek his next executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority. He selected Glenn L. McCullough Jr. of Tupelo, who did a lot of work for his home state when he was running the Tennessee Valley Authority. In fact, Tupelo was the ...

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Updated: ‘Streamlined’ MDA debuts its analytical website

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By JACK WEATHERLY  If it wants to remain competitive with other states, the Mississippi Development Authority needs to streamline and recognize that communications technology has changed. The agency has heeded those findings from a 2014 study funded by the Mississippi Economic Council, the state chamber of commerce. Streamlining means better delivery of services, said George Freeland, executive director of the ...

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