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Mims named to Hall of Fame

HATTIESBURG — Jervis Mims of Hattiesburg was recently inducted into the Mississippi Housing Hall of Fame, the highest honor given by the Home Builders Association of Mississippi. Mims, a graduate of Forrest County AHS in Brooklyn, attended the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) and served in the United States Naval Reserve from 1952-1960. He grew up around the building business, ...

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Labs getting ARRA funds

STONEVILLE and STARKVILLE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is distributing $176 million in ARRA funding to upgrade laboratory buildings and support facilities at research locations across the country. The ARRA funds will be used to improve the safety and health aspects of the laboratories, enhance the energy efficiency, and reduce the cost of operation and maintenance. In Mississippi, the ...

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'Saints' bill clears Louisiana Senate

NEW ORLEANS — The AP reports the Louisiana Senate has approved an essential part of Gov. Bobby Jindal’s deal to keep the New Orleans Saints in the state. There was little discussion about the bill before it was unanimously approved. It heads back to the House for approval of changes before it heads to Jindal. The measure, which allows the ...

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Polyester Fibers launches new website

PONTOTOC — Polyester Fibers, an Empire Investment Holdings company has launched its new corporate website at www.poly-fibers.com. Acquired by Empire in 2008, Polyester Fibers is the largest manufacturer and distributor of value-added, high-loft non-woven materials for the bedding, furniture, filtration, industrial and retail marketplaces. In December 2008, the company, with the support of the Empire marketing transition team, launched a ...

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IHL votes to keep in-state tuition steady

JACKSON — The Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) has voted to keep in-state tuition costs steady. Out-of-state tuition, room and board was raised. “The IHL Board measures every decision it makes based on what is in the best interest of the state of Mississippi and the families and students we serve. Decisions about tuition ...

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Katrina recovery package approved

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) announced funding for Mississippi to assist in continued Hurricane Katrina recovery. The funding was approved through the FY 2009 Supplemental Appropriations bill. The Conference Report, which was agreed to by the Senate and the House of Representatives, was approved yesterday by the U.S. Senate. “Final passage of the federal supplemental appropriations bill ...

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Water projects getting ARRA funds

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has made public the selection of more than $123 million in water and environmental projects that are being funded immediately through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The projects will help provide safe drinking water and improved wastewater treatment systems for rural towns and communities in 24 states, including Mississippi. Vilsack said. “These ...

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OSHA reacts to GAO report

WASHINGTON — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it would address problems identified in its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) in response to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, “OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs: Improved Oversight and Controls Would Better Ensure Program Quality.” The report recommends improved oversight and additional controls to ensure participating companies maintain effective workplace safety ...

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Central Access enters agreement with SAS

RIDGELAND — SAS’ Education Practice has entered into an ambassador agreement with Ridgeland-based Central Access Corporation to support improved information resources for K-12 administrators, while enhancing marketing and development opportunities for both companies. Terms were not disclosed. Central Access, which has served the state’s schools for more than 50 years, focuses on technology systems supporting school finances and student information. ...

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State's personal income rises

WASHINGTON — U.S. personal income continued to decline in the first quarter of 2009, falling 0.5 percent and encompassing 37 states, according to estimates released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. However, Mississippi and most of the Southeast, including Mississippi, saw a rise. In the fourth quarter of 2008, U.S. personal income fell 0.4 percent. The declines in U.S. ...

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