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State chooses Skire Unifier

JACKSON — Skire Inc., a provider of capital program, facilities, real estate and project portfolio management software, announced that the State of Mississippi has chosen Skire Unifier software to serve as a comprehensive platform for managing all of its capital project, facilities and real estate activities statewide. Terms were not disclosed. With Unifier, the state will be able to automate ...

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Housing and jobless data signal a fragile recovery

WASHINGTON — Adding to evidence the recession has ended, housing construction rose in August and fewer laid-off workers sought jobless aid last week. Still, the reports suggested a slow and fragile economic recovery. The rise in housing starts was due solely to a jump in the volatile apartment-building category, and unemployment claims remain far above levels associated with a healthy ...

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EDA gives jobs grant to Choctaw

WASHINGTON — U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced a $1.1 million Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant to the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians in Choctaw, Miss., to help renovate an industrial facility in the Choctaw TechParc. The project is expected to create 220 jobs and generate $1.9 million in private investment, according to grantee estimates. “The Obama Administration is ...

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Unemployment claims fall again

In the week ending Sept. 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims in the U.S. was 545,000, a decrease of 12,000 from the previous week’s revised figure. The four-week moving average was 563,000, a decrease of 8,750 from the previous week’s revised average. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.7 percent for the week ending ...

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'Take-nothing' verdict rendered

LAUREL — The Jackson-based civil trial law firm of Forman Perry Watkins Krutz & Tardy, LLP, is announcing a take-nothing defense verdict in a Mississippi asbestos exposure lawsuit in favor of Houston-based Union Carbide Corporation and two other defendants, including ConocoPhillips Company and Montello Inc. Plaintiff Bob K. Martin of Lumberton filed suit against the companies in 2006 based on ...

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Real earnings decrease

Real average hourly earnings fell 0.2 percent from July to August, seasonally adjusted, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This decline stemmed from the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W), up by 0.6 percent, outpacing 0.3 percent growth in average hourly earnings for production and non-supervisory workers. Real average weekly earnings fell 0.2 percent ...

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DSU using unique financing for dorm

CLEVELAND — Delta State University will host a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 362-bed residence hall Sept. 23, at 1:30 p.m. at the corner of Maple and Washington streets. The new facility is scheduled to open in the fall of 2010 and will stand where Bond-Carpenter and Whittington-Williams halls once stood on the south side of the campus. Delta State ...

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USDA proposes inspection changes

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has published proposed regulations to implement a new voluntary cooperative program under which select state-inspected establishments will be eligible to ship meat and poultry products in interstate commerce. The new program was created in the 2008 Farm Bill to supplement the existing federal-state cooperative inspection program to ...

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Clinton Delphi plant to close

CLINTON — The Delphi plant in Clinton will close by Dec. 31, taking 280 jobs from the city. Company spokeswoman Rachelle Valdez said Wednesday that layoffs will begin Nov. 16 at the plant, which opened in the early 1970s. “We’ve been expecting this for two years, and that it would happen sooner rather than later,” Clinton Mayor Rosemary Aultman said. ...

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SMEPA eyeing IGCCC plant

GULFPORT — South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA) has signed a letter of intent to explore the acquisition of an interest in Mississippi Power’s proposed Kemper County Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) Project. The companies are negotiating a combination of a joint ownership arrangement and a purchase power agreement, which would provide SMEPA with up to 20 percent of the ...

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