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Survey of business & political leaders shows dismal assessment of roads, bridges

Electronic voting by about 150 business and political leaders Thursday showed that eight out of 10 of those surveyed rank repairs and maintenance of Mississippi’s highways and bridges above all other transportation infrastructure needs. Roads and bridge repairs and upkeep won out over such pursuits as expanding the state’s highway system and upgrading airports and seaports. A capacity crowd on ...

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Bioplastics maker opens for business in East Mississippi

MARION, Mississippi — Bioplastics manufacturer ALGIX, LLC officially opened its doors Friday at the company’s SOLAPLAST facility here. The Lauderdale County project represents an $8.5 million corporate investment that economic development officials say will increase to $40 million and will create 100 jobs over the next three years. ALGIX’s new state-of-the-art facility features compounding equipment that converts algae into bioplastic ...

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Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional CVB hires first chief

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau went to neighboring Louisiana to find its new executive director, hiring Renee Areng away from the Visit Baton Rouge visitor promotion agency.   Areng, executive VP of Visit Baton Rouge, will take over as head of the of the year-old regional Mississippi coast tourism bureau on Aug. 1. She joined Visit ...

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It's showtime for MAGIC as state launches single accounting system

MAGIC starts today but state officials aren’t relying on abracadabra stuff to make the $100 million accounting system work as designed. A dozen years of work, including around the clock shifts in recent weeks, went into today’s launch of MAGIC, officially known as Mississippi’s Accountability System for Government Information and Collaboration. If all goes as planned in the start up, ...

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NY Times: McDaniel 'voter integrity' squads plan to 'question' black voters at polls

  The groups supporting challenger Chris McDaniel think they have the right to question voters in the GOP Senate primary runoff about their voting intentions for November’s general election for Mississippi’s U.S. Senate seat, reports  the Times Editorial Blog. Here is the Times’ report: Several right-wing groups have banded together to form a “voter integrity project’ in response to the ...

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Fixing leaks and turning back old age: Capitol getting specialized face lift

JACKSON, Mississippi – The Mississippi State Capitol building here is getting its first restoration and repair in 30 years, the state Department of Finance & Administration said in announcing the start of the 2-year, $6.9 million project. Work crews are installing massive construction scaffolding that will envelop different parts of the 110- year-old structure over the next two years.  It’s ...

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