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Supporters tout Two Lakes

Even Lazarus only came back from the dead once. The Two Lakes project, written off numerous times, is still alive, and supporters seem just as confident of victory as ever. “People tell us that we have gotten so many no’s that there must be something wrong with the project,” said Robert Muller, an engineer with McGowan Working Partners, the project’s chief promoter. “We think there is something wrong with the no’s.”

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Projects get AARA funding

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack yesterday announced projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for invasive species projects. In total, there are 19 projects, funded at more than $38 million, in 14 states.  Mississippi is receiving $2.767 million for two unspecified projects.   These funds will be used to suppress and control species such as kudzu, ...

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Barbour: House blind to budget realities

The Mississippi Legislature is at another impasse on the budget, and Gov. Haley Barbour is ratcheting up his criticism of lawmakers: In a statement, Barbour said: "It is unfortunate that some members of the House remain blind to budget realities. At (yesterday's) session of budget negotiators, for example, State Rep. Dirk Dedeaux, chairman of the House Medicaid Committee, said the federal stimulus money is like manna from heaven, and just like manna from heaven it must be eaten that day or it will rot."

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Vicksburg landmark getting new life

Historic Sears Roebuck Building is being converted to mixed-use Vicksburg’s historic and quaint downtown will soon have a new, unique offering to showcase. The nearly 75-year-old Sears Roebuck Building is gaining new life as a mixed-use development, with retail space on the bottom floor and condominiums on the second and third floors. Jackson-based HM Williams Construction Inc. is serving as ...

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Developing downtown

King Edward Hotel, Farish Street at the heart of Jackson’s downtown revitalization After a hang-up involving the building’s windows, the redevelopment of the King Edward Hotel in downtown Jackson is on track for completion Nov. 1. The $89.6-million project, whose public funding in the form of loans and tax incremental financing bonds is less than $5 million, was originally scheduled ...

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Railroad improvement a welcomed site

Traffic congestion has long been a problem for Jackson While heavy traffic volume is attractive to businesses looking at prospective sites to set up shop, traffic congestion can be a deal-killer. One of the issues developers in downtown Jackson have faced is gridlock caused by rail traffic on the Kansas City Southern (KCS) line that crosses State Street on the ...

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