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MDA joins energy training network

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority’s (MDA’s) Energy Division is one of several partners in the creation of a Southern Solar Energy Training Network in the Southeast. The network is part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) efforts to invest in solar workforce development and is being created through the University of Central Florida’s (UCF’S) Florida Solar Energy Center.

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Compensation costs on the rise

WASHINGTON — Compensation costs for civilian workers increased 0.4 percent, seasonally adjusted, for the three-month period ending Sept. 2009, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Both components of compensation — wages and salaries (which make up about 70 percent of compensation) and benefits (which make up the remaining 30 percent of compensation) — increased the same amount, 0.4 percent. ...

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IST, Producers teaming on 'green' project

GREENVILLE — Ed Johnson, CEO of the Delta Economic Development Center, announced that International Silica Technologies, LLC, (IST) has signed a letter of intent to co-site its initial StratoSil high-purity silica production facility with Producers Rice Mill (Producers) in Greenville. In addition to the new IST plant at the Producers rice mill, an associated off-site facility will serve as the ...

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Consumer confidence weakens

STARKVILLE — Even as national news reports indicate more positive outlooks on the public’s confidence in the economy, recent third-quarter results from the state’s Index of Consumer Sentiment shows something different. Survey findings from the quarterly online business forecaster of Mississippi State University’s (MSU’s) College of Business describe an overall decrease of 4.7 percent in Mississippi consumer confidence. Standing at ...

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Burnham named State Superintendent of Education

  Mississippi Board of Education Chairman Bill Jones announced today that Dean of the School of Education at the University of Mississippi Dr. Tom Burnham, 56, has been named Mississippi’s next State Superintendent of Education by the Board. Burnham will replace Dr. John W. Jordan, who is currently serving as Interim State Superintendent of Education. “We are very pleased that ...

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Tenn-Tom museum gets state funds

COLUMBUS — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded a grant to the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority to establish a museum in its headquarters in Columbus. The goal of the museum board is to raise $1 million between grants and outside contributions to complete the project. Construction is expected to begin within the next 60 days, according to Agnes ...

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Aerotec unveils product upgrade

PICAYUNE — Aerotec, LLC, has introduced its second-generation airborne LIDAR-based mapping product for identifying and locating vegetation in the vicinity of electric power transmission rights-of-way that presents a significant risk to the operation of the transmission lines’ conductors. A featured component of the vegetation management product is a handheld unit that provides the utility forester with the capability to measure, ...

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Vilsack meets with Cochran Program alumni

SHANGHAI, China — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met recently with alumni of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Cochran Fellowship Program in Shanghai, China. At a sit-down reception with about 15 Cochran Fellows, Vilsack thanked the alumni for their hard work and on selecting a career of vital importance to global trade and development. The Cochran program is administered by ...

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Spell seeking aid for farmers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi farmers are experiencing devastating crop losses due to the record rainfalls during September and October causing crop yields and quality to be severely affected. Current crop conditions show very poor quality and yield for farms which, in some cases, leave farmers only very low discounted prices or total crop loss. Dr. Lester Spell, Mississippi Commissioner of ...

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Millions in mortgage fraud alleged

Mississippi Valley Title alleges attorneys Charles and Chris Evans committed mortgage fraud on banks and induced Mississippi Valley Title to issue fraudulent title insurance policies. The claim was part of a motion filed in Madison County Chancery Court in October asking for a preliminary injunction. Charles Evans was an approved attorney for MVT, from whom the company accepted title work. ...

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