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Commission: Legal aid group needs funding

OXFORD — The Mississippi Access to Justice Commission has released the following statement about funding shortfalls and North Mississippi Rural Legal Services: “As the economy continues in a downward spiral, so does funding to sustain vital programming that serves the legal needs of Mississippi’s most vulnerable communities. The Mississippi Access to Justice Commission is disheartened by the news that North ...

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Rite-Hite relocating plant

HORN LAKE — Rite-Hite Corporation, a developer, manufacturer and seller of loading dock safety systems and industrial door solutions, has announced plans to relocate a manufacturing facility to Horn Lake, bringing more than 50 manufacturing jobs to the state. Mark Schwechel, controller and materials manager for Rite-Hite, said, “Rite-Hite is excited about this move. The new facility will provide the ...

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Mississippi State Port hires new utility team

GULFPORT — Geospatial Holdings Inc. has been selected as a part of a team selected to provide underground pipeline utility location and mapping services over a three-year period to the Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport. During Hurricane Katrina, the port’s electrical power supply, roads, water, sewer, rail, small craft harbor fender systems, navigational aids, and lighting and security systems ...

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Broadband study released; access spurs growth

WASHINGTON — A new U.S. Department of Agriculture economic analysis has found that rural communities with greater broadband Internet access had greater economic growth than areas with less access. The study, “Broadband Internet’s Value for Rural America” by economists at USDA’s Economic Research Service, compared counties that had broadband access relatively early (by 2000) with similarly situated counties that had ...

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Sam’s Club set to open in Pearl; first in Rankin County

PEARL — Rankin County’s first Sam’s Club is slated to open in Pearl Aug. 27. More than 170 associates, along with community leaders and local dignitaries, will celebrate the official grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:30 a.m.  “We are absolutely thrilled to have our new Sam’s Club opening in August,” said Kathy Deer, executive director of the Pearl ...

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Chaney gives keys to stunting insurance premiums

Strong enforcement of building codes, proper land use and mitigating homes against future disasters are most important, according to commissioner MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney told an Alabama House of Representatives subcommittee recently that the keys to holding down insurance premiums on the Alabama Coast are strong enforcement of building codes, proper land use and mitigating homes ...

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Mississippi to receive more ARRA cash

WASHINGTON — Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced nearly $38 million in funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Mississippi is to receive $469,626. States will use the funds to plan for energy supply disruption risks and vulnerabilities to lessen the devastating impact that such incidents can have on the economy and the health and safety of the public. Each ...

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Kaase: Students are better prepared for college

Dr. Kris Kaase, state deputy superintendent of instruction and curriculum, has released a statement on Mississippi students and their level of college readiness. Kaase said: “We are pleased to see a slight increase in the percent of students that are reaching the ACT college readiness benchmarks. Over 90% of Mississippi’s high school seniors participate in taking the ACT.  That is ...

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Transportation index stays at historic lows

WASHINGTON — The Freight Transportation Services Index (TSI) was unchanged in June from its May level, remaining at its lowest level in 12 years, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). BTS reported that the Freight TSI has declined in all but two of the last 11 months. The index has declined 14.8 percent in that 11-month period. The ...

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Bomgar makes Inc. 500

RIDGELAND — Inc. magazine has ranked Bomgar Corporation No. 411 on its 2009 Inc. 500, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. In addition to the company’s position among 500 honorees, Bomgar also ranked as the No. 1 fastest-growing company in Mississippi for the second year in a row. “Bomgar Corporation is thrilled to be recognized as one ...

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