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Traffic Management Center opens

  August 14, 2009     HATTIESBURG — As a stakeholder in the development of an integrated intelligent transportation system (ITS) for South Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has opened the Traffic Management Center (TMC) in the District Six Headquarters Building in Hattiesburg.   ITS combines computer and communications technology with real-time traffic management and information coordination. MDOT said it ...

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New ARRA tax credit unveiled

  August 14, 2009     WASHINGTON — As part of an innovative partnership aimed at increasing economic development while setting our nation on the path to energy independence, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Energy announced a program to award $2.3 billion in tax credits to manufacturers of advanced energy equipment.   Authorized by the American ...

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50 Leading Businesswomen honored

RAYMOND — The 50 Leading Business Women Awards Luncheon was held Aug. 13 at Hinds Community College’s Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond, and played to a packed house. Established in 1997 by the Mississippi Business Journal (MBJ), this year’s winners represent the 13th class of the awards program.  “I am very proud to be a part of such an important, statewide ...

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USM looking to slash budget

HATTIESBURG — University of Southern Mississippi (USM) officials are reviewing budget cuts proposed by a campus-wide committee, as well as identifying additional areas for reductions, to lower spending by $11-$12 million for fiscal year 2011. The proposed spending reductions are in response to an anticipated shortfall in state appropriations and general cost increases. The university’s Academic Planning Group (APG), under ...

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FEMA grant repays more than $1 million to MEMA

PEARL — A $1.55-million federal grant has been approved to reimburse the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) for emergency service costs incurred after Hurricane Katrina. The decision was announced in a joint release from Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in consultation with congressional appropriations committees, has given final approval to MEMA’s ...

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Hancock Fabrics opens new store in Alabama

BALDWYN — Hancock Fabrics Inc. is opening a new store in Daphne, Ala. The grand opening will be held Aug. 14-16 with a M’Liss Rae Hawley guest appearance Aug. 15 from 11 a.m. until 1p.m. Hawley, an internationally known sewing expert, is the newest creative partner of Hancock Fabrics. She will display some of her designs, demonstrate and lecture on ...

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Search For Delaughter's Replacement Begins

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour’s Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee is conducting a search to replace Circuit Court Judge Bobby DeLaughter of the Seventh Judicial District, Sub-district 4. DeLaughter, whose district includes portions of Hinds County, notified Barbour of his resignation, which was effective July 30. DeLaughter has pled guilty to obstruction of justice charges, and faces 18 months in prison. ...

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NAFTA numbers drop more than 35 percent

Trade using surface transportation between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) partners Canada and Mexico was 35.4 percent lower in May 2009 than in May 2008, the biggest decline from the same month of the previous year on record, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. BTS reported that the value of North American surface ...

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More ARRA funding awarded to Mississippi

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the selection of $58.1 million in community facilities projects that are being funded immediately with federal funds provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). In addition to the $58.1 million that USDA Rural Development is providing to fund the 104 projects announced today, recipients will invest $41.2 million from other sources. The funding ...

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Private, non-residential construction slumping

Private non-residential construction spending fell by 0.5 percent in June, according to the August 3 report by the U.S. Census Bureau. On a year-over-year basis, private non-residential construction is down 4.8 percent from June 2008. Overall, total non-residential construction spending, including both private and public, is up 0.1 percent from May 2009 to $711.9 billion, but down 0.7 percent from ...

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