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Construction spending still slumping

WASHINGTON — Residential construction spending slipped 3.5 percent for the month and is down 33.3 percent from May 2008. Overall, total construction spending was down 0.9 percent compared to April and was 11.6 percent lower than levels in May 2008. “Until now, much of the talk about the stimulus package has been just that, talk,” said Associated Builders and Contractors’ ...

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Entergy rates to go up, or down?

JACKSON — Central District Public Service Commissioner Lynn Posey announced that the Public Service Commission (PSC) has issued orders to Entergy Mississippi Inc., which Posey says will reduce customer rates by $1.91 per 1,000 kilowatt hours for average residential customers. Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley, however, says he cast the sole vote blocking a $14.5-million rate increase, and ...

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Carey honored for being 'military friendly'

HATTIESBURG — William Carey University has been named a “Military Friendly School” for 2010 by G.I. Jobs magazine. Carey is among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide to receive the honor. Military Friendly Schools actively recruit military students and implement military-friendly policies for continuing education. The current enrollment of active and inactive military personnel at ...

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GrowDelta holding workshop

CLARKSDALE — A workshop for anyone thinking about starting a small business in the Mississippi Delta is scheduled July 11 in Clarksdale, sponsored by the newly formed GrowDelta Initiative. The workshop is set for 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Cutrer House/Coahoma Higher Education Center. Participants will learn how to manage small business finances, tap into local resources, market and brand ...

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CMI continues to rise

COLUMBIA, Md. — The latest Credit Managers’ Index (CMI) is holding steady and showing stability in the credit sector. “The data has not yet been enough to push past the point of contraction to expansion, but it is getting ever closer to that point, suggesting that expansion is only a month or two away,” said Dr. Chris Kuehl, the National ...

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Signs, logos change to HOPE

JACKSON — While Hope Community Credit Union (HOPE) and American Savings Credit Union (ASCU) officially merged Jan. 1, 2009, today all ASCU branches in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee will convert their signage to the HOPE name and logo. The two entities said the merger formed a larger, stronger community development financial institution that serves working families throughout the mid-South. The ...

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State purchases radios for emergencies

CANTON — EF Johnson Technologies Inc. announced the State of Mississippi is purchasing $850,000 of the company’s Project 25 compliant two-way radios and accessories for use in the state’s strategic reserve in times of crisis. “We are proud to be supplying our Project 25 compliant radios to the State of Mississippi to help their first responders be prepared in the ...

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Jury returns guilty verdict in voter fraud cases

ASHLAND — A seven-day jury trial has ended with a guilty verdict in two Benton County voter fraud cases, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. The decision came June 29 against Clinton Moffitt, 30, of Hickory Flat and Ada Moore Tucker, 50, of Ashland before Judge Andrew K. Howorth in Benton County Circuit Court. The jury found both defendants guilty of ...

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New health insurance plans available

UnitedHealthcare’s Golden Rule Insurance Company is introducing two new short-term health insurance plans in 19 states designed to meet people’s needs for more flexible and cost-effective approaches to coverage. Golden Rule’s new Short Term Medical Plus and Short Term Medical Value plans are designed to bridge gaps in health insurance coverage for workers between jobs who find COBRA too costly ...

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United Solutions expanding

SARDIS — United Solutions, a manufacturer of plastic house wares, is expanding operations at its manufacturing facility in Sardis. The expansion will allow the company to increase production of its consumer plastics products. United Solutions currently employs 75 full-time workers, and as a result of the expansion, the company will hire at least 20 new employees. “We are excited about ...

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