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MDA touts lake development

LAMAR COUNTY and JASPER COUNTY — The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) recently hosted a lake development tour in Lamar and Jasper Counties. The event, sponsored by MDA’s Asset Development Division, highlighted the potential for lake-centered development in the state. Roughly 25 developers, engineers, landscape architects and economic development professionals participated in the event and experienced firsthand the economic benefits of ...

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Peavey product wins Readers' Choice

MERIDIAN — The readers of Live Sound International magazine and the pro-audio community at ProSoundWeb.com have honored the Peavey Versarray 112 in the first-annual ProSoundWeb/Live Sound International Readers’ Choice Product Awards. The Peavey Versarray 112 line-array loudspeaker enclosure won the Readers’ Choice Best Product Award in the Large Format Line Array category. The Versarray 112 has been used at concert ...

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MDA to conduct energy workshops

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) will host a series of workshops statewide to provide information about the State Energy Program (SEP) and Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program. These workshops are designed to educate city and county officials, as well as community and business leaders, about the opportunities available under both programs and to clarify ...

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NOAA establishes new fishing rule

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — NOAA Fisheries Service has implemented a rule to reduce the sea turtle bycatch in the bottom longline component of the Gulf of Mexico reef fish fishery. The rule prohibits bottom longlining for Gulf reef fish east of 85o30’W longitude (near Cape San Blas, Fla.) shoreward of the line approximating the 35-fathom depth contour with a restriction ...

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USDA confirms flu in state fair pig

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) has confirmed the presence of 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza virus in a pig sample collected at the Minnesota State Fair submitted by the University of Minnesota. Additional samples are being tested. “We have fully engaged our trading partners to remind them that several international organizations, including the ...

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Average earnings on the rise

WASHINGTON — Median weekly earnings of the nation-s 100.1 million full-time wage and salary workers were $738 in the third quarter of 2009, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. This was 2.5 percent higher than a year earlier. The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) fell by 1.6 percent over the same period. Highlights from the third-quarter ...

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GROWPORTS touting Tenn-Tom assets

  NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — Five ports on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway in Northeast Mississippi have launched a joint initiative to boost awareness as well as traffic on the waterway. GROWPORTS is a collaborative effort of the Yellow Creek Port, Port Itawamba, Amory Port, Aberdeen Port and Columbus Port that launched Sept 1. “GROW” stands for Generating Regional Opportunity on the Waterway. ...

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NASA implements HazNet system

HANCOCK COUNTY — The “all-hazards network” system, HazNet, developed through the Innovative Partnership Program at NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center, is being implemented across the space agency. HazNet incorporates maps, reports, Internet-derived data and real-time sensor input into a geographic information system (GIS)-based display to provide organizations and officials with comprehensive information during emergency and disaster situations. It also ...

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Catfish industry launches campaign

JACKSON — The Catfish Farmers of America has launched a major advertising and public safety awareness campaign urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to enact a Congressionally-approved law requiring all imported catfish to meet the same stringent health and safety standards as imported beef, poultry and pork. “We’ve launched this campaign because of the urgency of this health and ...

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First M&F posts quarterly loss

KOSCIUSKO — First M&F Corp. reports a net loss for the quarter ended Sept. 30 of $580,000 attributable to common shareholders, or ($0.06) basic and diluted earnings per share, compared to the second quarter of 2009 loss attributable to common shareholders of $5.498 million, or ($0.61) per share, and a profit of $ 2.210 million, or $0.24 basic and diluted ...

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