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Hosemann releases elections report, finds problems

JACKSON — As required by state law, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is releasing the 2010 Elections Report for both the general and general runoff elections. This report outlines observations of Secretary of State Office staff during the voting process. “For the most part, the 2010 Elections went smoothly,” said Hosemann. “However, our observers did note issues in the voting ...

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KiOR gets loan guarantee from Energy Department

KiOR Inc. has received a term sheet for a loan guarantee supporting an over $1-billion biofuels project from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Loan Guarantee Program. The project would convert wood biomass into drop in biofuels such as gasoline and diesel fuel. KiOR’s project under the DOE loan guarantee program will consist of four biorefineries that will contribute approximately 250 ...

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Increased expenses results in TVA quarterly loss

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Unseasonably cold temperatures in December led to increased demand for electricity from the Tennessee Valley Authority, which drove up operating costs and resulted in a net loss during the first quarter of the 2011 fiscal year, TVA reports. The federal utility recorded a net loss of $48 million for the three-month period, which ended Dec. 31, as ...

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Reeves kicks off bid for lieutenant governor

JACKSON — Mississippi Treasurer Tate Reeves will launch a statewide tour next week to announce his campaign for lieutenant governor. The initial announcement tour will include 10 stops throughout the state Feb. 7-9. The tour will begin in Reeves’ hometown of Florence at the Florence Middle School gym and will continue through Olive Branch, Tupelo, Leland, Pascagoula, Meridian, Columbus, Magee ...

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Census Bureau ships data to state

WASHINGTON — Yesterday, the Census Bureau shipped local 2010 Census data to the Mississippi state leadership. After confirmation of receipt, usually within 24 hours of shipment, the Census Bureau will issue a news release with five custom tables of data for the state. At that time, the full set of data will be available simultaneously via FTP download on the ...

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Senators pushing for continued duties on imported shrimp

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) recently testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that existing antidumping duties must be extended to promote an even playing field for U.S. shrimpers “besieged by unfair foreign imports.” The ITC is in the process of determining whether conditions within the U.S. shrimp industry warrant the continuation or ...

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Supreme Court changes rules for legal pro bono work

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has revised Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers in an effort to increase the availability of legal services for low-income people. Rule amendments adopted by the Supreme Court address limited scope representation in an effort to encourage lawyers to provide some services to clients who are limited in what they can afford. The Court ...

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Hancock adds two new mutual funds to portfolio

GULFPORT — Hancock Horizon Funds and Hancock Bank have launched two new mutual funds — the Hancock Horizon Louisiana Tax-Free Income Fund and the Hancock Horizon Mississippi Tax-Free Income Fund. As the names imply, both funds’ goals are to seek income exempt from both federal and state specific personal income tax. Jeffery Tanguis, Hancock’s director of fixed income and funds ...

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Education advisory council releases annual report

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour has presented the State Early Childhood Advisory Council’s Annual Report “Keeping the Course: Mapping the Journey to High Quality for Mississippi’s Early Care and Education System.” The Council received a $1,685,344 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to continue work to develop a comprehensive early childhood system that will create a ...

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Dedication ceremony held for renovated Giles Hall

STARKVILLE — During a Jan. 28 ceremony, Mississippi State University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Design dedicated the newly renovated Giles Hall auditorium in honor of longtime supporters Robert and Freda Harrison. The Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium is named for the Madison couple, who have shared a 30-year relationship with Mississippi State and the architecture school. The auditorium, which ...

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