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Corps takes stock of needed flood-protection repairs

The Army Corps of Engineers says it will begin notifying communities along the Mississippi River this month whether damage from last year’s historic flood poses a further threat should the river reach flood levels again this year. The corps has been doing assessments in recent months of damages to levees, structures and navigation channels, said spokesman Bob Anderson in the ...

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Q&A: Paul Lacoste, owner, Paul Lacoste Sports

Paul Lacoste, owner of Paul Lacoste Sports, has dubbed himself “Mississippi’s Coach” and has a passion for getting Mississippians healthy. Lacoste grew up in Jackson and played football at Mississippi State University, where he also earned a master’s degree in sports administration and exercise science. He has played for the Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts of the NFL as well ...

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Change on Tap? Beer legislation supporters are being cautiously optimistic

Lawmakers and grassroots organizers who have unsuccessfully pushed for legislation to modernize Mississippi’s beer and brewing laws are optimistic their efforts stand a better chance of paying off this session. As he has the past few sessions, Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, has filed bills that would increase the state’s alcohol-by-weight limit in beer, and potentially pave the way ...

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WILLOUGHBY COLUMN: Beverly Johnston's quest is to be the best

My quest is to find leaders who have been effective in leading their organizations and learn from their success. I have found these leaders in businesses big and small, non-profit organizations, and governmental entities. They all share some similar traits, yet I always learn new and interesting ideas and best practices. I recently came across Beverly Johnston, principal of Madison ...

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ANALYSIS — Mississippi has big money invested in KiOR's financially challenged project

The eyes of the international renewable-fuels community are fixed on KiOR (NASDAQ:KIOR), a Texas-based company in which Mississippi has a large stake — specifically a $75 million interest-free loan administered by the Mississippi Development Authority. KiOR plans to build five plants in Mississippi that should convert wood chips to renewable crude through a process called pyrolysis, a feat only accomplished ...

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'Candy Land' — King has fulfilled her dream while sweetening customers’ lives

To open the door of Nandy’s Candy in Jackson is to beoverwhelmed with the smell of real chocolate. Rich, dark, velvety chocolate. Not the overly sugared, artificially flavored, cheap disappointment. Nandy’s is the real deal. Display cases filled with American truffles, amaretto truffles, Bailey’s Irish cream, walnut clusters, pecan, cashew and almond clusters, marzipan, chocolate marshmallow, butter crisp, raspberry chips, ...

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