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Reality check

Advance Mississippi touts state as one of top options in the nation for biomass energy, but Strategic Biomass Initiative director says its could be years before technology is available Mississippi has 19 million acres of forests, a number that constitutes an 18 percent increase from 30 years ago. The timber and undergrowth it produces are ideal materials for the production ...

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In The Red?

Politicians spar over Chinese government investment in steel mill   In Oct. 2008, Steel Development Co. broke ground on a $200-million rebar facility in Amory that would ostensibly employ 175 people in a region that badly needs jobs to replace the ones lost in the furniture manufacturing industry. Since then, though, the recession has ground construction a halt, and there ...

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Jackson Medical Mall gets into housing business

Foundation broke ground on new facility last week   The Jackson Medical Mall Foundation is getting into the housing business. The Foundation broke ground last week on a nearly $3-million development of 24 affordable and green, single-family homes in the Homestead Heights neighborhood at the intersection of Prosperity and Easy streets off Woodrow Wilson Drive. Foundation director Primus Wheeler said ...

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Cell phones now ‘sell’ phones

AT&T is now offering software that can turn a mobile phone into a mobile credit card machine. Last week AT&T announced its new offering of AprivaPay applications, which can “turn your cell phone into a sell phone.” The company is marketing the software as a tool that will allow small business owners to increase cash flow and enhance productivity. AT&T ...

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IHL begins search for three presidents

Board, constituents face tough logistics with ASU, JSU, MUW The search firms to find new presidents at Alcorn State University, Jackson State University (JSU) and Mississippi University for Women (MUW) have been selected, but the logistics of the process are going to be a challenge. There is also the matter of cost. Leah Rupp Smith, State Institutions of Higher Learning ...

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HALEY’S LEGACY

With a little more than a year left in his term, the MBJ takes a look at what areas of the state have prospered or floundered during Gov. Barbour’s time in the mansion Gov. Haley Barbour has about 18 months left before he is term-limited out of office, and if they are anything like the first six and a half ...

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Finding fresh water

Oil spill forces many boaters inland Dave Burrage has a piece of advice for recreational boaters on the Gulf as the oil spill widens — stay out. And for those boaters opting for oil-free, inland waters, he warns that carries risks, as well — to boats and their passengers. “For people and the environment, the safest place right now for ...

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There’s a new bank in town

  Sam’s Club offering small business loans to many that banks will not   A small business owner walks into a Sam’s Club, picks up a year’s worth of pens and pencils, a truckload of printer ribbons and a few gallons of ketchup for the break room. But, she could use a little working capital, too. So, on the way out the ...

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Senate vote on financial reform could be blow to state banks

Ability to compete with bigger banks is a major concern of opponents The U.S. Senate is expected to vote this week on the most sweeping rewrite of financial rules since the Great Depression, which was passed by the House June 30. Mississippi’s community bankers, much like healthcare providers, are nervous about what shape the regulations might take. The Financial Regulatory ...

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Nissan puts off LCVs until 2011

  Canton spokesperson says company did not want to rush production   The Nissan plant in Canton will not start producing light commercial vehicles (LCVs) this fall as the company originally planned. Instead, a Nissan spokesman said last Thursday morning that the first LCV would not come off the line until some time in the first quarter of 2011. “We’ll ...

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