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CRAWFORD: Roger Wicker watching the Tea Party blitz

Senator Roger Wicker must be anxiously watching the Tea Party blitz against fellow Senator Thad Cochran. The two senators have much in common. For example, until they were banned by House Republicans, Wicker’s record for delivering earmarks was second only to Cochran’s. The Tea Party claims earmarks were a major factor in escalating deficits. They weren’t, but the claim is ...

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Analysis: No smooth road for Thad Cochran if he runs

JACKSON, Mississippi — Republican Thad Cochran has had to break a sweat once since winning one of Mississippi’s two U.S. Senate seats in 1978. It was during his first re-election campaign in 1984, when he defeated Democratic former Gov. William Winter. Since then, Cochran has easily defeated challengers who’ve had difficulty raising money or gaining traction. Cochran, who turns 76 ...

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Sanderson gets new, increased credit for future growth

LAUREL — Sanderson Farms Inc.’s existing revolving credit facility through a consortium of banks has been increased from $500 million to $600 million. The credit remains unsecured and certain covenants related to the poultry company’s financial condition and capital expenditure needs have been amended in anticipation of Sanderson’s future growth plans. In addition, the termination date has been extended to ...

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Outlets of Mississippi names management team

Special to the MBJ PEARL, Mississippi — The Outlets of Mississippi has hired Kathy Hackshaw, a 20-year veteran in the field of retail property management, to direct the state’s largest outlet shopping destination, which is scheduled to open Nov. 14. The Outlets also announced three other members of its management team in a news release Tuesday. Angela Shepard will be ...

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Manufacturer fined by MDEQ for hazardous waste storage

AMORY — An steel tube maker in Amory is paying a nearly $40,000 civil fine for storing hazardous waste too long. True Temper Sports agreed in September to pay the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality $39,655 for holding eight drums of hazardous waste longer than the 90 days allowed under federal rules. A Sept. 12 order published by the department ...

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Franchise Services of North America director resigns

From wire reports RIDGELAND, Mississippi — Franchise Services of North America announced Tuesday that William N. Plamondon has resigned as a director of the company due to personal and business reasons. Plamondon will remain president of the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Advantage Rent A Car. Ridgeland-based FSNA is a publicly traded company listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. The company and ...

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KiOR secures funding to increase biofuels production

COLUMBUS — A Texas-based company has secured funding to proceed with plans to double the production capacity at its biofuels production facility in Columbus. KiOR Inc., based in Pasadena, announced yesterday in a news release it has received $100 million in committed equity financing from Khosla Ventures, an investment company based in California, and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates. Khosla Ventures ...

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Rolls-Royce gives test engine to INFINITY for new exhibit

HANCOCK COUNTY — Rolls-Royce has donated a Trent 1000 test engine to the INFINITY Science Center, located near NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. The company said in a release that the purpose of this donation is to excite visitors to the Center in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) careers by showing them the marvels of ...

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Executive: Parts suppliers struggling to meet new-car demand

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The rising demand for new cars is creating a problem for parts suppliers — and that, in turn, could hurt the growth of car plants in Mississippi, a trade association official says. Many suppliers already are running near full capacity, J. Scot Sharland, executive director of the Detroit-based Automotive Industry Action Group, told The Clarion-Ledger. Automotive website ...

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