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BlueFire bringing ethanol plant

FULTON — BlueFire Ethanol Fuels Inc. of Irvine, Calif., has unveiled plans for a strategic relocation of its second planned biorefinery to Fulton. After having been awarded a $40-million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for a second planned facility in California, BlueFire began development and licensing work to build their second biorefinery plant in 2007. “Navigating the ...

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Stocks up 47; Dow remains above 10,000

Oct. 15 (Bloomberg) — U.S. stocks rose as energy shares gained after oil climbed to a one-year high, helping the market reverse an early drop triggered by earnings at Citigroup Inc. and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. that disappointed some investors. Benchmark indexes climbed to one-year highs for a second day and the Dow Jones Industrial Average extended its advance past ...

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Workshop to focus on cultural sensitivity

CLEVELAND — “Creating Cultural Sensitivity in the Workplace” is the title of a educational workshop to be offered by Delta State University’s (DSU’s) Department of Social Work and Graduate and Continuing Studies. Dr. Jeannie Falkner, associate professor of social work at DSU, will be speaker for the workshop to be held Oct 20 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. in ...

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SBA introduces course for female entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON — Women who own small businesses will be able to use a new online U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) training course to learn how to identify and take advantage of federal contracting opportunities. The new training course, Winning Federal Contracts: A Guide for Women Entrepreneurs, is part of an ongoing government-wide initiative to promote opportunities for women-owned businesses in ...

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SmartSynch makes global ranking

JACKSON — SmartSynch has been named to The Guardian and Cleantech Group’s “Global Cleantech 100” listing the 100 most promising cleantech companies in the world. SmartSynch was one of 55 U.S. companies to make the list, and one of only three in the Energy Efficiency – Smart Grid category. The list was compiled by a panel of 35 cleantech investors, ...

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Road projects receive stimulus funds

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — Funding provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has paved the way for numerous overlay projects in Northeast Mississippi. According to Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) officials, ARRA funding provided for overlay work on 10 sections of state-maintained roadways, and allowed officials in District One to move forward projects that were planned for coming years. ...

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Unemployment claims drop again

In the week ending Oct. 10, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims in the U.S. was 514,000, a decrease of 10,000 from the previous week’s revised figure. The four-week moving average was 531,500, a decrease of 9,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.5 percent for the week ending ...

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NTSB: Faulty weld caused fatal explosion

CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI — The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has determined that the probable cause of the 2007 pipeline rupture near Carmichael was the failure of a weld that caused the pipe to fracture along the longitudinal seam weld, a portion of the upstream girth weld and portions of the adjacent pipe joints. On Nov. 1, 2007, a 12-inch diameter ...

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PSC wants report on elections

JACKSON — Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley (D-Nettleton) announced that the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) has voted to request the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi file a report with the PSC detailing the election procedures used around the state to select boards of directors. The report is due by Dec. 31 . The move by the PSC ...

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EIGS releases economic impact numbers

OXFORD — The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS) has released the economic impact data for Mississippi’s geospatial technology industry cluster for 2009. The cluster has experienced solid growth across the categories of employment, average annual salary, and revenues, including a 14 percent growth of jobs from last year. “Mississippi is home to one of the nation’s largest and most ...

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