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Home builders voice concerns

RIDGELAND — Home builders in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi participating in a teleconference conducted by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) today said they are worried that the recent improvements they have been seeing in home sales are beginning to fade with the approach of the expiration of the $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers Dec. 1. Citing ...

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City's water ranks tops

GULFPORT — SouthWest Water Company announced that four City of Gulfport water systems that are operated and maintained by SouthWest are perfect, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health. After a rigorous inspection and evaluation of five systems, four earned a perfect score of 5.0 and one earned the second-highest rating of 4.7. Each water system in Mississippi is ...

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New fishing records confirmed

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Commission on Marine Resources recently certified seven new Mississippi saltwater sportfishing records. Two conventional tackle records and five fly-fishing records were approved. New records on conventional tackle are: • Donald Armes Jr. of Pass Christian — broke the state record for Atlantic sharpnose shark July 21 with a weight of 10 pounds, 4.16 ounces. He ...

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Waterfowl-hunting seasons set

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has approved dates for the 2009-2010 waterfowl hunting seasons. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released late-season frameworks in early August providing a “window” of dates from which states may select specific season dates. Duck, merganser and coot seasons will be Nov. 27-29, 2009; Dec. 4-6, 2009 and Dec. 9, ...

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USM opens new-look center

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi iTech Department unveiled a renovated and expanded University Technology and Data Center during a ceremony held Aug. 14 on the Hattiesburg campus. The $3.8-million project was funded primarily through a U.S. Department of Education and Hurricane Education Recovery Act grant. The purpose was to increase the availability and reliability of the business critical ...

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TVA sees record drop in sales

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) board has approved a 2010 budget of $10.2 billion for operating expenses and $2.3 billion in capital investments. The board also took several actions to reduce the impact on consumers of a projected $7.2-billion shortfall for the period 2010 through 2012, including $1.9 billion in budget cuts and $2.8 billion in additional ...

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SmartSynch lands ARRA-funded project

JACKSON — SmartSynch has been awarded a $3.75-million grant to help manage energy consumption and cost at public facilities around the state, Gov. Haley Barbour announced. The State Energy Program (SEP) funding comes through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). “The project marks the first time Mississippi has launched a 
coordinated effort to reduce energy consumption in public buildings ...

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First Chemical paying penalty

PASCAGOULA — Two manufacturing companies, in separate settlements, have agreed to pay civil penalties and take corrective measures to settle Clean Air Act violations resulting from explosions at two plants in 2002 and 2003 in Louisville, Ky., and Pascagoula, according to the Justice Department and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). D.D. Williamson and Co. and First Chemical Corp. have agreed ...

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Unemployment claims rise

In the week ending Aug. 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted unemployment initial claims in the U.S. was 576,000, an increase of 15,000 from the previous week’s revised figure. The four-week moving average was 570,000, an increase of 4,250 from the previous week’s revised average. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.7 percent for the week ending ...

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SBA program enhanced by ARRA

WASHINGTON — With the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding an additional $50 million for loans and $24 million for technical assistance, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is expanding its Microloan program and increasing access to capital for small businesses across the country. The program is shifting to funding provided under the ARRA now that it has exhausted ...

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