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Construction job losses slow

WASHINGTON — After losing around 10,000 jobs a month for the past four months, the nonresidential building construction sector lost 1,400 jobs in May, according to the June 5 employment report by the U.S. Labor Department. Still, 84,800, or 10.2 percent, jobs in the industry have been lost since May 2008 as employment reached 744,700. Meantime, the pace of job ...

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Belk closing Metrocenter store

JACKSON — Belk is closing its store in the Metrocenter Mall. Gary Siler, senior vice president and director of stores for the Belk Western Division, released the following statement: “We have made the difficult decision to close our Belk store at Metrocenter Mall in Jackson in August 2009. We will be re-focusing our efforts and resources on serving customers in ...

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More affordable housing added on Coast

GULFPORT — The Governor’s Office reports that about 1,000 affordable housing units on the Gulf Coast have been completed with yesterday’s opening of 120 new units at Gulfport’s Regency Way Apartments complex. The Mississippi Development Authority’s (MDA) Public Housing Grant Program administered the project, and was funded through Mississippi’s $5.4-billion federally provided Hurricane Katrina recovery package. The Regency Way Apartments, ...

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CYP holds first-ever awards program

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Coast Young Professionals (CYP) and its presenting sponsor, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi, recently honored 12 local professionals at the inaugural Black Tie & Blue Jeans Awards Gala. Ten honorees were presented with the 4 Ever Young Award, a CYP member was named CYP VIP and one special guest received the Lead By Example Award. ...

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Pine Grove physicians earn certification

HATTIESBURG — Several physicians of Pine Grove Behavioral Health are among the first physicians in the United States certified by the American Board of Addiction Medicine (ABAM), a new independent medical specialty board. The board has begun to certify addiction medicine physicians from several specialties, including Pine Grove addictionologists Deborah Gross, M.D., Scott Hambleton, M.D., Ellen Ovson, M.D., Randall Sherman, ...

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Chaney delivers 'surplus' money

JACKSON — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney yesterday delivered a $2-million check, derived from the surplus lines account, to the Department of Finance and Administration for deposit into the general fund. “This money is the result of legislation that was successfully worked out by House of Representative Insurance Committee chairman Walter Robinson and the House Insurance Committee and Senate Insurance ...

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New medical office complex under construction

FLOWOOD — Charlotte, N.C.-based Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN has broken ground on a new 50,575-square-foot medical office building in Flowood. The facility will be located on 6.85 acres at the corner of Lakeland Place and Plaza Drive. This project represents a new market and a new relationship for the company, which offers services from concept through long-term ownership and management. University ...

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'Rankin Living' returning

BRANDON — The Rankin County Chamber of Commerce is preparing to publish the third edition of “Rankin Living,” a relocation guide for Rankin County. This annual publication is a tool that the Rankin Chamber utilizes to assist area newcomers in choosing in which area of the county to reside. “Rankin Living” will include county information, details about area school zones ...

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Camp Coastal goes under

KILN — The Secretary of State’s Office has confirmed that Camp Coastal operators, Mike Sweeney and Sandy Molenhouse have filed for bankruptcy in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. The bankruptcy petition automatically postpones the administrative hearing scheduled for June 10 by the Secretary of State’s Office. “We are obviously very disappointed by this development in the ...

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PMI group working toward chapter status

JACKSON — Thanks to the support of the Project Management Institute (PMI) New Orleans chapter and a local business leader, Mississippi is getting a PMI chapter. John Mahoney, planning and innovations leader at Jackson-based Entergy Nuclear, convinced his former New Orleans chapter to support the development of the only Mississippi chapter. The precursor to chapter status is forming a “Jackson ...

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