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Barbour comments on budget

JACKSON — The fiscal year 2010 budget adopted in a special session of the Mississippi Legislature is prudent and balanced and will serve state’ taxpayers, agencies and their constituents well, says, Gov. Haley Barbour. However, not all issues are resolved, and he is concerned about the amount of federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds contained in the budget. “I ...

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MDEQ taking enHance applications

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is now accepting applications for the enHance program. enHance is a voluntary stewardship program begun in 2008 that recognizes committed environmental leaders who accomplish goals beyond their legal requirements. enHance is open to industries, businesses, government agencies, cities and counties, community groups, associations, schools and other entities that are interested in ...

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AT&T introduces new service option

AT&T is now offering small businesses access to its 3G network in 350 major U.S. metropolitan areas using netbooks or laptops. Small business customers nationwide can now purchase Acer, HP and Panasonic netbooks and laptops, featuring AT&T’s embedded wireless technology, through the company’s relationship with CDW, a provider of technology solutions. The effort is part of AT&T’s initiative to introduce ...

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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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