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Forest project gets ARRA funds

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for forest health protection projects. These 78 projects will receive almost $89 million and are located on forested lands in 30 states. Mississippi is to receive $897,000 for one unspecified project. This funding will be used to restore forest health conditions on federal, state and ...

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More than 300,000 below self-sufficiency standard

Report issued last week shows large portion of Mississippians just not making enough money A new report measuring how much money it takes for families in Mississippi to meet their basic needs has been released by the Mississippi Economic Policy Center (MEPC). The 110-page Self-Sufficiency Standard for Mississippi 2009 report was introduced at a news conference last week in Jackson. ...

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Gaining 'track'tion

Coast residents advocate resumption of Amtrak passenger rail service   Pass Christian resident Keith Voigts, who operates the R&D business Wiseman Technologies Inc. in Biloxi, doesn’t go around with a rail engineer’s cap on. But he and his wife, Gwenn, are big supporters of rail transportation. The Voigts have joined with other concerned citizens on the Mississippi Gulf Coast to ...

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People still showing up hungry

  Mayflower has been feeding folks in Jackson since 1935   Defining a landmark is pretty simple. It has to have been around a while and it has to have stayed in the same place. For a business to become a landmark, folks have to know where it is and there has to be something there they’re willing to pay ...

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Efficiency, access results of online filing system

Madison County Chancery Clerk Johnston, Supreme Court Justice Waller recently unveil new system   Better efficiency and improved public access to court records are the results of the Mississippi Electronic Courts’ (MEC’s) new online court filing system, which was officially unveiled Aug. 27 in a ceremony at the Mississippi Supreme Court building in Jackson. “We are optimistic that this system ...

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Unemployment keeps rising

State up to 10.5 percent, three are over 20 percent   Mississippians looking for employment continue to far outnumber jobs available, according to the latest figures on unemployment released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. The state’s unemployment rate rose to 10.5 percent in July, up from June’s 9.9 percent.  However, the seasonable adjusted rate was 9.7 percent, which ...

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Recession proof

Corporate money keeps flowing in college-football crazed state The economic times in the nation, they are a’changin. Unemployment figures rise and fall and rise again.  Fuel and food prices seem to be strangling the budgets of families in Mississippi and across the nation. But college football is getting set to kick-off and corporate sponsorships for athletic programs at the University ...

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Outside funds still flowing to small college football

MC relies on fundraisers while Delta State counts on ‘pillars of the community’ They may compete week after week away from the glare of the national spotlight, but small college athletic programs in Mississippi still require outside sources of revenue to sustain themselves in difficult economic times. Chris Brooks is not only the sports information director at Mississippi College, he ...

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Eaton gains contract on Russian aircraft

Eaton in Jackson will play major role as hydraulic supplier for New Irkut MC21 aircraft   The Eaton Aerospace facility in Jackson will play a major role as diversified industrial manufacturer, working on the design and manufacture of the hydraulic system for Irkut Corporation’s new MC21 single-aisle aircraft line in Russia.   Eaton’s Aerospace facility in Jackson will play a ...

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Tropical Storm Danny strengthens in the Atlantic

MIAMI — Tropical Storm Danny has strengthened a little in the Atlantic as it moves toward land while Ignacio has been downgraded to a tropical depression far out in the Pacific. Forecasters say people in the Carolinas and northward to New England should monitor Danny’s progress. Danny has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph) early Thursday with slow ...

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