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Two candidates in runoff for vacant House seat

EAST MISSISSIPPI — Two candidates have advanced to an April 2nd runoff following a special election to fill a seat in the Mississippi House. WTVA-TV was reporting late yesterday that with all 18 precincts reporting, unofficial results show Karl Gibbs received the most votes, with 28 percent, followed by Eddie Longstreet and Jeannie Johnson Staten, who each got 22 percent. ...

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Consultant advises city to expand convention center

NATCHEZ — Natchez Convention Center managers say a multi-million-dollar expansion of the center will be needed in two years. The Natchez Democrat reports New Orleans Hotel Consultants president Warren Reuther told Mayor Butch Brown and aldermen at a meeting last week that the center is rapidly approaching 70-percent capacity. Convention center manager Walter Tipton said the convention center is turning ...

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Proposed stadium could kill downtown arena initiative

JACKSON — Jackson State University’s recently announced plans to build a domed stadium could effectively kill an effort to build a downtown arena. The city and other arena backers have spent or pledged $180,000 in recent years to study building an arena to host concerts, sporting events and other entertainment, The Clarion-Ledger reported. The key factor in the city of Jackson ...

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Plant yet to come out of ground; company maintains commitment

PONTOTOC — Four years after announcing plans for an ethanol plant in Pontotoc, a Canadian company has yet to begin construction. Enerkem Inc., of Montreal, remains committed to building the for Enerkem Mississippi Biofuels plant, spokeswoman Annie Pare tells The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. It’s planned as a $100 million project with 70 employees, with a $150 million expansion to ...

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Officials pondering new proposal for rental properties

MCCOMB — McComb officials are considering a proposal to require rental property owners to obtain a privilege license and have their properties inspected annually. The Enterprise-Journal reports urban planner Laurence Leyens told the board of selectmen that people make a living from rental properties and it should be treated like any other business. Leyens says privilege licenses and inspections ensure ...

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School district still challenged by tornado damage

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg Public School District officials still are finding damage from the Feb.10 tornado that struck Forrest and Lamar counties. The Hattiesburg American reports an assessment of the destruction at the transportation center has revealed 90 percent of the district’s vehicles were damaged. Superintendent James Bacchus said it is estimated there was about $80,000 in damage to the vehicles. The ...

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Firm that owes state millions files for bankruptcy

MERIDIAN — A Texas company that Mississippi officials say owes the state $3.5 million has filed for bankruptcy, complicating collection efforts. Handy Hardware, a hardware wholesale cooperative, announced in November it was closing its two-year-old Meridian warehouse. By then, the Houston company had missed an October interest payment to Capital One Financial Corp. and defaulted on $26 million in debt. ...

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