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KiOR files for bankruptcy, but Columbus plant isn't included

COLUMBUS — Biofuel maker KiOR Inc. has filed for bankruptcy, although its Mississippi subsidiary has not, preserving the chance that its Columbus plant could be sold quickly. The company, based in Pasadena, Texas, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection late Sunday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, where it’s incorporated. KiOR defaulted on a loan from Mississippi last week after failing ...

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Kate spade, lululemon set grand openings in Highland Village

Two new businesses are preparing to open their first Mississippi locations in Highland Village, just as the holiday season begins. Kate spade new york plans its grand opening for Friday, and lululemon athletica follows a week later with its opening Nov. 14. Both stores are in Highland Village’s North Courtyard near Maison Weiss. “WS Development is committed to making Highland ...

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Ingalls authenticates keel for sixth Coast Guard cutter

PASCAGOULA — Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula has authenticated the keel of the sixth U.S. Coast Guard national security cutter, Munro (WMSL 755). The ship is named to honor Coast Guard Signalman First Class Douglas A. Munro. Munro died on Sept. 27, 1942, on Guadalcanal while rescuing a detachment of Marines. For his actions, Munro was posthumously awarded the Medal of ...

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Nissan Canton goes global after rolling out first Murano

CANTON — Nissan’s Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant has gone global as the company rolls the first all-new 2015 Nissan Murano off the line today, marking the first time the model has been produced in the U.S. Nissan Canton is now the company’s worldwide hub for Murano production, expanding export opportunities from the plant to more than 100 markets. “The strategic ...

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Arrival of Hollywood Rentals seen as 'game changer' for Mississippi film industry

Mississippi’s place on the movie-making map just got substantially bigger with an announcement that one of the nation’s largest independent lighting and grip rentals companies will set up shop at Canton’s Mississippi Film Studios. The expansion of Hollywood Rentals into Mississippi ensures that feature film makers, television producers and others in the visual arts industry will have a single source ...

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Deadline passes and state receives no payment from KiOR

COLUMBUS — Mississippi officials say they didn’t get any money from faltering biofuel firm KiOR on Friday, the deadline for the company to make a $1.9 million debt payment. KiOR, based in Pasadena, Texas, has a grace period of three business days to make the payment, so it wouldn’t officially break its agreement until midnight Wednesday. A spokeswoman for KiOR ...

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Ingalls-built amphibious transport dock launches

PASCAGOULA — Ingalls Shipbuilding has launched the amphibious transport dock John P. Murtha. The John P. Murtha (LPD 26) is the 10th amphibious transport dock built by Ingalls. The ship is used to land Marines and their equipment during military and humanitarian missions. Ingalls has built and delivered nine ships in the San Antonio class of ships with LPDs 26 ...

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