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Nissan rolls new minivan off Canton production line

CANTON — In the 1989 film “Field of Dreams,” an Iowa farmer builds a baseball diamond in the middle of a cornfield after hearing the mysterious words: “If you build it, he will come.” It works, and the baseball diamond becomes an instant — and life-changing — success. Elected officials, Nissan company executives and employees, and the people of Mississippi ...

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Obesity epidemic could overwhelm health care system

Forget about SARS. There is another epidemic, one with far more immediate and long-time health and financial consequences, that isn’t caused by a virus and affects millions of Americans. The epidemic is obesity. The culprits? A society where food is cheap, plentiful, tasty, readily available and wrapped around all different types of social events. Add to that the increasingly sedentary ...

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Just-in-time manufacturing: Craft-Co keeping pipeline full

MORTON — The Craft-Co plant in this Scott County community is one of those dream industries. They have an awards day for the honor roll children of employees — the award is a $100 savings bond. And president Jim Finley tells the students, “Bring somebody with you next year.” Employees participate in both a 401(k) and profit-sharing plan and, along ...

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Medical arbitration agreements latest volley in tort debate

GULFPORT — The Gulfport OB-GYN Clinic, with five doctors, three nurse midwives and three nurse practitioners, delivers an average of 1,200 babies per year. The practice lost its medical malpractice insurance carrier when it left the state and has not found other coverage. As of early May, the clinic was going to be without malpractice insurance by the middle of ...

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Disability rate tied to poverty, low educational achievement

Bad health, lack of education and poverty go hand in hand. Low education levels and poverty are two of the primary reasons why Mississippi leads the country in employment disability, tying with Nevada with a rate of 14.4% employment disability rate. The national average is 11.9%. Dr. Barbara J. Logue, state demographer, says in 2000 one in every seven working-age ...

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Attendance doubles at tech forum

CHOCTAW — More than twice the number of people attended the second annual technology forum held April 28-29 at the Pearl River Resort in Choctaw, co-sponsored by the Mississippi Technology Alliance. “We didn’t expect so many, but we were very pleased,” said Creda Stewart, spokesperson for the tribe. The Choctaw Shift-2 Technology Conference was a free event open to the ...

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New museum, parks, gardens to enhance Vicksburg waterfront

VICKSBURG — A few years ago one of the biggest barriers to redeveloping downtown here was a lack of faith. Today, upper level apartments are becoming very popular, a new $12-million river museum is being constructed, and the city is investing millions to renovate the downtown making it more attractive for tourists and residents alike. Vicksburg Mayor Pro Tem Gertrude ...

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