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FNC index shows improving U.S. property values

OXFORD — U.S. property values continue to show signs of improvement, in line with indications of continued expansion in economic activity and better employment rates in recent months, according to FNC’s latest Residential Price Index (RPI). Favorable developments in the housing sector, including declining foreclosure activities and rising home sales, have contributed to the continued price strengthening, according to a ...

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Report: State ranks near top in U.S. in antibiotic use

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Research revealed during “Get Smart Week” shows that California joined Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington as the five states with the lowest antibiotic use in the nation in 2010. “Get Smart Week” is a national partnership launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics. The five states with ...

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New report on Delta shows small businesses creating most jobs

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Locally-owned Delta small businesses have provided nearly all new net jobs over the past two decades, new private sector economic data released shows. The report is published in conjunction with Small Business Saturday and National Entrepreneurship Month. The new report, “Jobs and Small Businesses: Job creation and loss in the federally designated Delta region,” completed by the ...

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Okla. makes biggest jump, but Miss. still tops diabetes ranking

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The nation’s diabetes problem is getting worse, and the biggest jump over 15 years was in Oklahoma, according to a new federal report. It is Mississippi, though, that still has the highest rate of diabetes. The diabetes rate in Oklahoma more than tripled, and Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama also saw dramatic increases since 1995, the study showed. ...

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Railroad outlines sustainability efforts in new report

NORFOLK, Va. — Norfolk Southern Corp. has issued its fifth-annual corporate sustainability report, documenting progress on the railroad’s efforts to reduce its business impacts on the environment. The 2012 report can be found on Norfolk Southern’s environmental website, www.nssustainability.com. It highlights advances made in the five years since the company launched a sustainability program with the goals of achieving industry ...

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New water management strategy could save farmers money

STONEVILLE — Ten years of research indicates that a water management strategy can save rice producers money on fuel and conserve water without hurting yields. Joe Massey, a scientist with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and professor in Mississippi State University’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, has focused his career on water conservation in agriculture. With funding ...

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Report: Coast businesses more optimistic on economy

Director of research and policy Scott King and the Gulf Coast Business Council Research Foundation have released the quarterly CEO and Business Owners Confidence report for the third quarter 2012. “Business leaders see a modestly improving Gulf Coast economy,” said Jack Norris, president of the Gulf Coast Business Council. “It will be interesting to conduct the next CEO and Business ...

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Drop in tax collections blamed on computer system swap

JACKSON — A computer conversion at the Mississippi Department of Revenue delayed some revenue collections from being posted and contributed to a report that showed a September drop in tax collections. Agency spokeswoman Kathy Waterbury tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal during the “time-out” for conversion to the new system, tax returns were not posted to taxpayer accounts. She says ...

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Report: City dumping billions of gallons of sewage into river

JACKSON — The city of Jackson released more than 2.8 billion gallons of minimally treated sewage — enough to fill four NFL stadiums — into the Pearl River system over the last four years, the Environmental Protection Agency says. Analysis of reports filed with the state Department of Environmental Quality indicate that Jackson bypassed treatment at its Savannah Street Wastewater ...

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BEA: State sees significant jump in personal income

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Finally, some good news about Mississippi’s economy. Personal income grew at a 1.2 percent annual rate in 2012’s second quarter, the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis said today. That’s sixth-highest among the states. Personal income grew 1 percent nationwide. Workplace earnings and government payments grew faster than the nation, while dividend, interest and rent income trailed slightly. ...

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