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Swooning film industry awaits outcome of incentive revival effort

By JACK WEATHERLY The movie industry in Mississippi has dropped precipitously since a key incentive was allowed to sunset on July 1, 2017. But legislation to restore that incentive – a cash rebate of 25 percent of the payroll for out-of-state cast and crew members – has made it to the final stages of approval with strong support in both ...

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Homeowners take Costco gas station ruling to highest court

By JACK WEATHERLY Six Ridgeland homeowners have filed notice of appeal with the state Supreme Court over a ruling in favor of the city’s approval of a site for a gas station for a proposed Costco Wholesale store. The homeowners filed the notice on March 14. The latest step in the protracted battle that dates to November 2015 will see ...

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Seafood R’evolution to close; CAET will move in

By JACK WEATHERLY Seafood R’evolution opened in 2014 with the fanfare that only chefs with marquee names can command. Those names? John Folse and Rick Tramanto. The New Orleans-based chefs lent their names, as well as their hands by regularly visiting the upscale eatery in Renaissance at Colony Park. But it will serve dinner for the last time on March ...

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Mining equipment maker invests $15 million to add 150 jobs

By JACK WEATHERLY The Weir Group, a Glasgow, Scotland-based mining equipment manufacturer, announced Wednesday that it is investing $15 million in its Newton manufacturing facility as part of a $50 million plan supporting an additional 150 jobs at the plant. When the investment plan is complete, employment will increase to more than 400 workers, a 60 percent increase from 2016. ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — ‘Les Miz’ stays on the high road

Would current events highjack the musical stage adaptation of Victor Hugo’s 19th century novel “Les Miserables”? There are parallels, however thin, which is about all it takes these days to make a case. After all, in the Trump era, however long that may be, there is the “resistance” that has consumed much of the country, fanned by investigations and more ...

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Engine maker to add 250 jobs to Hattiesburg plant

By Jack Weatherly Kohler Engines, a manufacturer of industrial gasoline and diesel engines, announced Tuesday that it is expanding its Hattiesburg facility and adding 250 full-time jobs over the next two years. It produces engines primarily for zero-turn radius mowers and residential lawn mowers. The company’s existing Hattiesburg operations currently employ 350 full-time workers in addition to temporary, seasonal employees ...

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Graphene ‘summit’ to be held in D.C.

By JACK WEATHERLY American business and industry leaders will join U.S. government officials and international graphene leaders for the American Graphene Summit to be held in Washington, D.C., May 21-22. Sen. Roger Wicker (R., Miss.), chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, will be the keynote speaker. Participants will focus on shaping the architecture surrounding graphene technologies and evaluating its potential ...

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Sanderson stops antibiotics use but lawsuit still active

By JACK WEATHERLY Sanderson Farms Inc. said it would on March 1 stop using antibiotics in its poultry that are vital to fighting infections in humans. The Laurel-based firm, the nation’s third-largest poultry producer, has fought a lawsuit brought by consumer groups in June 2017 against use of such antibiotics. Sanderson is the last major producer to stop using the ...

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ABB to invest $36 million, add 50 jobs in Senatobia expansion

By JACK WEATHERLY Global manufacturing technology leader ABB announced Tuesday it will expand its advanced manufacturing operations in Senatobia two and one-half years after it began operations in Tate County. The $36 million corporate investment will create 50 jobs, bringing to 150 of the 300 projected jobs announced in September 2016. ABB, which is based in Zurich, Switzerland, occupied the ...

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Sanderson Farms records loss for quarter

By JACK WEATHERLY Sanderson Farms Inc. reported on Tuesday a net loss of $17.8 million, or 82 cents per share, for the first fiscal quarter, which ended Jan. 31. Net sales for the period were $743.4 million, compared with $771.9 million for the year-earlier period, the company said in a news release. The consensus of analysts for FactSet was for ...

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