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USM hires new director for biz venturedevelopment

HATTIESBURG — There’s many a slip between a brilliant idea and launching a company to market a product or service that results from that idea. In Mississippi state education and political leaders strongly support bridging the gap between academic research and the marketplace by linking universities researchers to economic development. And now Ivory Tower researchers at the University of Southern ...

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A divorce in a day? Jackson lawyers say it can be done

JACKSON — Can a couple facing divorce end their marriage in just one day? Why not, say two Jackson attorneys who have teamed up to form a divorce mediation business they call Divorce in a Day. “Attorneys will tell you that most cases are settled, and a lot of times they are settled at the last minute ‘on the courthouse ...

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Firm makes commitment to downtown ‘renaissance’

JACKSON — After almost 150 years of law practice in the Southeast, Phelps, Dunbar, LLC has a history of long-term relationships — for example, the company history notes their role in forming the New Orleans Pacific Railway Company, now a part of Union Pacific, beginning a 124-year relationship with the company. And it looks like when Phelps Dunbar came to ...

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Record number of manufacturing plants close in 2002

By December 2002 Mississippi had seen a record 101 manufacturing plants close, taking 10,198 jobs with them. It exceeded the previous year’s record of 73 plants with 9,100 jobs and far outweighed the average for the first 20 years that MMA collected such data-about 42 plants and 4,800 jobs per year. Plants have closed all over the state —from Ackerman ...

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Mississippi industry could pay for climbing natural gas prices

Due to a colder than expected early winter that has increased demand and caused a decline in the amount of natural gas storage in the U.S., natural gas prices have zoomed to a 19-month high. In December prices were averaging around $4 per 1,000 cubic feet of gas. In early January natural gas was trading on the New York Mercantile ...

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