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'We got robbed the day we retired': Victims talk about Stanford debacle

Troy and Melanie Lillie of Maurice, La. lost their life’s savings in the Stanford Financial Group Ponzi scheme. “We got robbed the day we retired,” Melanie Lillie said in a post-hearing interview at the state Capitol Monday in Jackson. Her husband worked for Exxon Mobil in Baton Rouge for 29 years before retiring and instantly investing his retirement funds with ...

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West Nile virus claims another life

The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the death of a Leflore County resident due to complications from West Nile virus (WNV), and seven additional human cases of WNV for 2009, bringing the state’s total to 46 with three deaths. The new cases are in Forrest (two), Rankin (three), Harrison and Marshall counties. The MSDH reports both confirmed and ...

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L-3 Vertex to support Air Force contract

MADISON — Alenia North America, a subsidiary of Alenia Aeronautica and part of the Finmeccanica Group, has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to provide logistic support and maintenance in Afghanistan for the C-27/G.222 aircraft currently being delivered for the Afghanistan National Army Air Corps (ANAAC). The $7-million contract provides for additional logistic support and maintenance ...

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State's first peanut seed certified

LUCEDALE — Mississippi agriculture will enter new territory when the first certified peanut seed grown in the state becomes available to growers in spring 2010. This industry first was achieved by brothers Mike and Heath Steede on 47 acres of their family-owned farm in Lucedale. “This is a great accomplishment and important step forward for Mississippi agriculture. It is truly ...

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Number of farmers markets growing

WASHINGTON — The number of farmers markets in the United States is up more than 13 percent from a year ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). A recent update of the online Farmers Market Directory lists 5,274 markets nationwide, up from 4,685 reported in 2008. USDA’s support of farmers markets is just one component of the “Know ...

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Students to introduce EcoCAR competitor

STARKVILLE — On Oct. 7, the Mississippi State University’s (MSU’s) student automotive design team will unveil its entry for the international EcoCAR competition. The vehicle debuts at 10 a.m. at the university’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems in the Thad Cochran Research, Technology & Economic Development Park. It is part of the NeXt Challenge involving plug-in hybrid, range-extending designs for ...

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Airport enhancements continue at Hinds CC

RAYMOND — Hinds Community College president Dr. Clyde Muse and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will invest $1.85 million for the design and installation of an instrument landing system (ILS) for the John Bell Williams Airport. The funding is a collaborative result between Cochran, the FAA and Hinds Community College, which is the owner ...

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Ablitech gets ‘seed’ money for company

RIDGELAND AND HATTIESBURG — Mississippi Technology Alliance (MTA) president and CEO Dr. Randy Goldsmith announced that the Mississippi Seed Fund has invested $100,000 in Ablitech Inc. of Hattiesburg. “Ablitech’s experienced management team and strong relationships with university researchers position the company for rapid growth,” said Goldsmith. “This investment will help the company ramp up product development and the critical research ...

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Noxubee County Alliance kicks off initiative

The Noxubee Alliance recently launched an initiative to provide high-speed Internet access to all residents of Noxubee County. Alliance officials have been working since June with a consortium of 41 Mississippi counties currently underserved by high-speed Internet. The consortium submitted an application in August seeking a portion of federal stimulus funding dedicated to high-speed Internet access in rural or underserved ...

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Southeast Medical buys building

FLOWOOD — Southeast Medical Properties I, LLC, an affiliate of Jackson-based Duckworth Realty Inc., has purchased the 12,000 -square-foot former Baker Engineering building from Cress Realty Group for an undisclosed amount. The property, located at 2925 Layfair Drive in Flowood, will be renovated as a medical office facility for Jackson-based University Physicians, PLLC. Rick Wood and Jon Van Hoozer with ...

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