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Regions donates $150K to Canopy Children’s Solutions

The Regions Foundation, a nonprofit initiative of Regions Bank, on Wednesday announced a donation of $150,000 to Canopy Children’s Solutions — a nonprofit dedicated to providing innovative mental health, social and educational solutions to Mississippi’s most vulnerable children and youth. The Regions Foundation’s commitment will support two programs: » Canopy’s Autism Solutions, which offers early intervention and day school programs ...

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Songy starts new consulting firm after years with Gov. Bryant

By ROSS REILY After seven years with Gov. Phil Bryant — the last three-and-a-half as his chief of staff —  Joey Songy has begun a strategy and business development firm — Songy LLC. His insight of years of working with people through government, Songy says outside of politics, partisonship and party, business and government tend to relate to each other in much the same way everywhere and ...

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Tupelo OKs public transit overhaul

Changes to the City of Tupelo’s public transportation system are on the horizon. City officials voted Tuesday to overhaul the system by eliminating the fixed route system and allowing all city residents to request a transportation bus to pick them up from their home instead. The city currently has two methods of travel within the public transit system. There are ...

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New England newspaper owner fights to save local journalism

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Eagle has an expanded investigative team. There’s a new 12-page lifestyle section for the Eagle’s Sunday editions. There’s a new monthly magazine focusing on the area’s culinary and natural charms. There is an advisory board that includes cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Pulitzer-winning writer Elizabeth Kolbert. The newspaper is wider, its paper thicker. There’s even a ...

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Sanderson Farms income and sales up for quarter

By Jack Weatherly Sanderson Farms Inc. reports that for its second fiscal quarter, ending April 30, net income was $40.6 million, or $1.83 per share, compared with net income of $41.9 million, or $1.84 per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2018. Net sales for the second quarter were $845.2 million compared with $813.5 million for the year-earlier period. Laurel-based Sanderson ...

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Sanderson Farms hikes minimum hourly pay to $15

    MBJ staff Sanderson Farms Inc. announced Tuesday that it will increase pay rates for the company’s hourly employees beginning June 2. Hourly line operators who have been employed with the company for at least 90 days will be compensated to an increased rate of at least $15 an hour. The new pay scale for Sanderson Farms truck drivers ...

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ROSS REILY: House that Mayers built gets its deserving name

Dr. Ronnie Mayers had a vision. He wanted to build a world-class competition swimming pool to serve the community, house classrooms for students and be home to one of the best college swim teams in America. No, it wasn’t in Oxford or Starkville or Hattiesburg or even in Jackson. It was in Cleveland — yes, Cleveland. Delta State University has ...

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ROSS REILY: EPA should have historical background of Delta

If you first listen to environmentalists and the Environmental Protection Agency as to why they are opposed to the Yazoo Backwater project, they make a pretty compelling argument. The EPA has said the project would have incurred “unacceptable damage to these valuable resources that are used for wildlife, economic and recreational purposes.” In an interview I did with a representative ...

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Phyllis Polk Johnson named MBJ’s Business Woman of the Year

Phyllis Polk Johnson, executive director of the Mississippi Board of Nursing, was named Mississippi’s Business Woman of the Year for 2018 Thursday by the Mississippi Business Journal. Johnson was joined by 10 finalists and 39 other honorees at an event at the Old Capitol Inn in Downtown Jackson. At the Mississippi Board of Nursing, Johnson is responsible for the oversight of ...

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Milwaukee Tool looks to hire neighboring plant’s 54 workers

MBJ staff The Milwaukee Tool plant in Greenwood offered to look at hiring 54 workers from Hardware Distribution Warehouses Inc.’s plant that’s closing across the street. Milwaukee Tool Plant Manager Jack Bilotta says the hope is those qualified can fit into the organization. Milwaukee Tool’s more than 850 employees repair electric drills and saws as well as other tools and ...

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