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Port selects utility team

GULFPORT — Geospatial Holdings Inc. has been selected as a part of a team selected to provide underground pipeline utility location and mapping services over a three-year period to the Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport. During Hurricane Katrina, the port’s electrical power supply, roads, water, sewer, rail, small craft harbor fender systems, navigational aids, and lighting and security systems ...

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Construction material costs still sliding

Construction materials prices continued to move downward in July falling 0.6 percent. Overall, construction materials prices are 8.6 percent lower than one year ago. Prices for fabricated structural metal products slipped for the 10th straight month, down 1 percent for July and 6.9 percent lower from last July. Nonferrous wire and cable producer prices decreased by 0.8 percent in July ...

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FNC splashes up new website

OXFORD — Mortgage technology company FNC Inc. has launched its new corporate website at www.fncinc.com. Using three primary menu options, viewers can now navigate the site based on their specific industry, the solution they need or the exact FNC product needed to solve pain points. From the site, they can also explore pages by following the site’s breadcrumb design, find ...

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HUD approves state's CDBG-R program

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has approved the State of Mississippi’s plan to administer the Community Development Block Grant-Recovery (CDBG-R) Program, which is funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Approximately $8 million has been allocated to the state to implement the program.

 “The Community Development Block Grant-Recovery Program will promote economic recovery ...

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EastGroup buys facilities

JACKSON — EastGroup Properties has acquired three business distribution buildings containing 227,000 square feet in Dallas for a combined purchase price of $6.675 million. The buildings, which will be renamed Interstate Distribution Center V, VI and VII, are located in the city’s close-in northwest submarket along the Stemmons Freeway. They were constructed in 1979-81 and are presently 87 percent occupied ...

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Broadband study's findings released

WASHINGTON — A new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) economic analysis has found that rural communities with greater broadband Internet access had greater economic growth than areas with less access. The study, “Broadband Internet’s Value for Rural America” by economists at USDA’s Economic Research Service, compared counties that had broadband access relatively early (by 2000) with similarly situated counties that ...

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Housing report wins award

The Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District has received a 2009 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations for the Mississippi Housing Recovery Data Project. The district contracted with the Compass Group, LLC, to assess housing needs after Hurricane Katrina. The data collected is used to develop housing policy and direct state and federal funds to housing programs. ...

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Airline employment still falling

U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 6.3 percent fewer workers in June 2009 than in June 2008, the 12th consecutive decrease in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year. All the network airlines decreased employment from June 2008 to June 2009 as did low-cost carriers AirTran Airways and Frontier Airlines. ...

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Asian soybean rust spreading in Mississippi

JACKSON — Asian soybean rust is spreading across Mississippi and has now been found in nine counties. Officials at Mississippi State University Extension Service say the disease was detected Friday in Holmes, Carroll, Grenada, Humphreys, Leflore, Montgomery, Sunflower, Yalobusha, and Yazoo counties. In his weekly field report, Ernie Flint, an agronomist for the MSU Extension Service, says most of the ...

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Federal suit against Olive Branch dismissed

  OXFORD —  Court records show that a federal civil rights lawsuit against Olive Branch has been dismissed. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Michael P. Mills entered an order last week dismissing Cynthia Putt’s claim she was the victim of excessive force during her January 2007 arrest for driving under the influence of prescription drugs. The order said Putt, who ...

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