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NAFTA numbers tumble

WASHINGTON — Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was 27.9 percent lower in March 2009 than in March 2008, dropping to $51.1 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. March was the third consecutive month with a yearly decline of greater than 27 percent. The ...

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MEMA using new media tools

PEARL — This year the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) is using social networking and micro-blogging tools to reach people with important hurricane preparedness information. The agency first launched a YouTube page, a Twitter account and Facebook pages several months ago to better serve a growing generation of people who may not get information and news through traditional means. MEMA ...

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Carey building new theatre

HATTIESBURG — William Carey University (WCU) will break ground for a new theatre June 5 at 10 a.m. on the Hattiesburg campus. The new black box theatre will replace the current one located on the first floor of Tatum Court. The private university, which is also planning to build a new College of Osteopathic Medicine on its Hattiesburg campus, said ...

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Water, environmental projects getting ARRA funds

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the selection of nearly $143 million in water and environmental projects that are being funded immediately through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The projects are designed to help provide safe drinking water and improved wastewater treatment systems for rural towns and communities in 21 states. In Mississippi, stimulus funds are ...

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Dealer Floor Plan program introduced

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will offer government-guaranteed loans to finance inventory for eligible auto, recreational vehicle, boat and other dealerships under a new pilot program. Dealer Floor Plan (DFP) financing will be available beginning July 1. It is a line of credit that allows dealers to borrow against their inventory, and then repay that debt as ...

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Cellular South offering slider

RIDGELAND — Cellular South now has available the Motorola Hint QA30 slider phone. The Motorola Hint is a wireless device with several ways for consumers to keep in touch with their social circles. The slider design reveals a full QWERTY keypad when open. “Staying in touch with friends and family, keeping networks updated and ensuring constant access to social circles ...

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Ex-bookkeeper sentenced for embezzlement

LOUISVILLE — Angie Tidwell, former bookkeeper for the Winston County Tax Collector’s Office, has pled guilty to two counts of embezzlement by a public employee, according to State Auditor Stacey Pickering. Pickering also issued Tidwell a $260,228.54 demand for funds embezzled from garbage fees and motor vehicle taxes from the Winston County Tax Collector’s Office from October 2003-March 2007. Tidwell ...

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Unemployment claims decline

WASHINGTON — In the week ending May 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 623,000, a decrease of 13,000 from the previous week’s revised figure. The four-week moving average was 626,750, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 5.1 percent for the week ending May ...

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Conservation grant awarded

PICAYUNE — Southern Company, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Association of Counties and Wildlife Habitat Council today announced that eight new wetland, riparian and coastal conservation grants have been awarded in the Southeast through the Five Star Restoration Program. This year, Atlanta-based Southern Company, the parent company of Mississippi Power in Gulfport, provided $198,928 ...

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SBA chooses state's best

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has unveiled its 2009 SBA Mississippi Small Business Award winners. The SBA will honor its 2009 the winners during a dinner reception June 16 at the Mississippi e-Center @ JSU in Jackson. Registration starts at 5:30 p.m. Business leaders and government representatives will join SBA’s Mississippi District director Janita R. ...

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