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High-tech manufacturer SemiSouth Laboratories closes after decade-plus run

After a seemingly successful run of more than a decade and two recent, major expansions, SemiSouth Laboratories is now shuttered, and its equipment is up for sale. The announcement last October that SemiSouth would cease operations came as a major surprise to many, including officials at Mississippi State University where the semiconductor manufacturer was based. David Shaw, vice president for ...

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Designs on a Grammy

The proposed Grammy Museum Mississippi, the first-ever Grammy museum outside of Los Angeles, has already garnered headlines this year with a ceremonial $1-million check presentation by Gov. Phil Bryant in January and the signing of a 99-year lease for the land on the campus of Delta State University in February. However, the important work of getting the project out of ...

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New law bans regulations on food, drink portions

JACKSON — A new law in the most obese state in the nation says Mississippi cities and counties can’t ban the Big Gulp or put other local regulations on food and drink. Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2687 yesterday, and it became law immediately. Bryant, a runner, says it’s up to individuals — not the government — to ...

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Building a better image for future construction industry

While the competitors in the 2013 SkillsUSA Mississippi State Championships were showcasing their construction craftsmanship, construction and education leaders were doing their best to shine an even bigger light on career opportunities in the building community. Officials were all smiles last week at the Mississippi Trade Mart in Jackson as high school and community college students and apprentices competed in ...

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Anti-abortion group back with new Personhood initiative

JACKSON — Abortion opponents are pushing for another Mississippi ballot initiative that would define life as beginning at conception, coming less than two years after 58 percent of voters in the conservative state rejected a nearly identical proposal. Sponsors who filed paperwork for a new initiative yesterday said they believe people were misled about the measure that was defeated in ...

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Commercial contractors are still struggling in state

The news is mainly good on the residential side of the construction industry that is currently weathering its worst cycle in decades. Unfortunately, the commercial contractors are still having a hard time finding work. And while industry leaders see some optimistic signs, the outlook remains guarded at best. Homebuilders are starting to see some sunlight. And, Oxford-based mortgage technology company ...

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TimberCorp turns profit through difficult times

Heading toward its quarter-century anniversary, TimberCorp Inc. has managed to turn a profit every year. However, there were some slim times at the land management company that has thrived through natural disasters, invasive species and a recession/housing market collapse. “About three or four months of opening the company, I needed to buy a gate for a client,” remembered Steve Butler, ...

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