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Swine flu cases exceed 150

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports 29 new cases of H1N1 swine flu for the week of June 29-July 5, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 181. The new cases last week were in Winston (seven), Harrison (four), Jackson (two), Madison (two), Oktibbeha (two) Warren (two), Coahoma (one), Copiah (one), Hinds (one), Jones ...

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Barbour comments on 2010 budget

JACKSON — The fiscal year 2010 budget adopted in a special session of the Mississippi Legislature is prudent and balanced and will serve state’ taxpayers, agencies and their constituents well, says, Gov. Haley Barbour. However, not all issues are resolved, and he is concerned about the amount of federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds contained in the budget. “I ...

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Palace unveils major expansion

BILOXI — The Palace Casino Resort has announced a 110,000-square-foot project, of which 64,000 square feet is an expansion of its facilities and amenities. This is the largest casino expansion on the Mississippi Gulf Coast since Hurricane Katrina. Upon completion of the new construction, the property will include 38,000 square feet of gaming space with more than 1,000 slot machines ...

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United Solutions expanding in Sardis

SARDIS — United Solutions, a manufacturer of plastic house wares, is expanding operations at its manufacturing facility in Sardis. The expansion will allow the company to increase production of its consumer plastics products. United Solutions currently employs 75 full-time workers, and as a result of the expansion, the company will hire at least 20 new employees. “We are excited about ...

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Energy projects get ARRA money

JACKSON — More than $153 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding has been released six states and a U.S. territory, including Mississippi. The State of Mississippi was awarded $16.1 million, which will be used to promote energy efficiency in state buildings and initiate selected renewable energy projects. The state plans to initiate a “lead by example” program ...

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Unemployment claims fall

WASHINGTON — In the week ending June 27, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 614,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week’s revised figure. The four-week moving average was 615,250, a decrease of 2,750 from the previous week’s revised average. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 5 percent for the week ending June ...

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Rite-Hite moving plant

HORN LAKE — Rite-Hite Corporation of Milwaukee, Wis., which develops, manufactures and sells loading dock safety systems and industrial door solutions, plans to relocate a manufacturing facility to Horn Lake, bringing more than 50 manufacturing jobs to the state. “On behalf of the City of Horn Lake, we would like to welcome Rite-Hite to our community,” Horn Lake Mayor Nat ...

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City youth participating in program

PASCAGOULA — The City of Pascagoula is once again participating in the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s Urban Youth Corp Program. The Urban Youth Corps Program is a youth employment and training service program, established to: offer meaningful full-time or productive summer work for individuals between the ages of 16 and 25, inclusive, in transportation-related settings; give the participants a mix ...

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Publication: Confidence rising

STARKVILLE — Second-quarter results from the Mississippi Index of Consumer Sentiment show an overall 5.47 percent increase, according to a new online business forecasting report. “Economy Watch,” produced quarterly by Mississippi State University’s College of Business, is reporting that overall confidence rose to 76.42 percent for April-June, compared to 72.46 percent for the first quarter. Based on data collected by ...

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Stimulus funding bridge replacement

PERRY COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will soon oversee reconstruction of the Dickey Creek Bridge on Highway 198 near Beaumont in Perry County. The $1.4-million project was awarded to Tanner Construction Company Inc of Ellisville. Crews are scheduled to begin the bridge replacement project this week, with initial clearing work. The project is scheduled for completion by ...

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