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Companies exploring new oil resource in SW Mississippi

Companies are now drilling in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale play, an “unproven unconventional 7 billion barrel oil resource” spanning central Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi. The total potential of the play — as estimated by the Basin Research Institute at Louisiana State University — would equal the United States’ oil consumption for a year, which was about 6.9 billion barrels in ...

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Cities, counties sue to amend rules governing Sec. 42 rules

The Mississippi Association of Supervisors, the Mississippi Municipal League and dozens of cities and counties have sued the Mississippi Department of Revenue over the guidelines that agency has in place to calculate tax obligations of Section 42 housing developments. The complaint was filed in Hinds County Chancery Court earlier this month. When developers, a lot of whom are from out ...

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Environmentalists oppose planting of modified crops

Opponents of genetically engineered (GE) crops maintain that human consumption of these products poses a risk to public health. Now, three environmental groups have brought a lawsuit against the federal government contending that genetically modified crops are not fit for even wildlife to consume and do harm to habitat. But while the two sides argue whether GE crops are environmentally ...

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ACT: Mississippi ranks last in national college readiness

According to the ACT’s “Condition of College and Career Readiness” report released Aug. 17, the Mississippi graduating class of 2011 had the lowest percentages in the nation of students meeting the ACT benchmarks on subject area tests. Only 10 percent of Mississippi’s class of 2011 students met all four college readiness benchmarks in English, reading, math and science, in contrast ...

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Steamboat to dock at Vicksburg

In 2008 when the historic steamboat Delta Queen discontinued Mississippi River tours, communities up and down the river not only lost a piece of cultural history, they also lost an important tourism asset. Thus, the state’s Mississippi River communities, still reeling from the recent flood, are all smiles with the announcement this month that the American Queen, a more modern, ...

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Creating a new economy

Empty seats were at a premium Aug. 10 at the Jackson Convention Complex as hundreds gathered for the state’s first-ever Creative Economy Summit. Attendees came to learn more about the creative economy, what it is, where it is and how communities can grow it, adding jobs and enhancing their quality of life. The event, the brain child of Mississippi Arts ...

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MDA, GreenTech finalizing incentive package

A Q&A with GreenTech president Terry McAuliffe that appeared over the weekend on the Washington Post’s website has a lot of the same information that Magnolia Marketplace has reported since January. The production of the company’s MyCar neighborhood electric vehicle will start in Horn Lake late this year, and the Tunica facility, where GTA hopes to build its midsize sedan ...

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Stop-and-go funding makes planning tough for Mississippi airport chiefs

The refusal of Congress to go beyond short-hop funding for the Federal Aviation Administration has made uncertainty just another work challenge that the heads of Mississippi’s two major commercial airports must overcome. As one funding lapse ends another one appears on the horizon for Dirk Vanderleest at Jackson-Evers International Airport and Bruce Frallic at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. The Aug. 8 ...

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Improving kids’ socio-emotional development

Mississippi Building Blocks, a private business-funded early childhood education initiative, is in its second year and showing positive results, particularly in the area of socio-emotional development. MBB randomly selected 100 licensed child care centers from 15 counties across Mississippi to participate in the program that includes teacher mentoring and scholarships, classroom materials, parent education and business consulting. The selection process ...

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