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Commerce Department: Some metro area economies grew faster than others

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The economy along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast grew rapidly in 2013, while growth slowed in the state’s other metropolitan areas. The figures, released by the U.S. Commerce Department, show that gross domestic product expanded by 4 percent in the Gulfport-Biloxi-Pascagoula metropolitan area in 2013. That’s a big pickup from 0.1 percent growth in 2012. Growth in the Hattiesburg ...

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City council gives nod to sales tax for Progress Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG — The Hattiesburg City Council lent its support to a bill that would provide a process for Mississippi cities to raise revenue through an optional sales tax that would be earmarked for infrastructure projects. The question is whether the Legislature will be interested in supporting the “Citizens for Economic Development Act.” The Hattiesburg American reports the council voted 5-0 ...

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WHAT'S NEXT? Community concerned about Viking Range layoffs

GREENWOOD — Viking Range Corp. has had another round of layoffs, including some in management, in a move that took Greenwood officials and residents by surprise. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that estimates for the latest layoffs ranged from 25 to 75. Attempts to reach representatives of The Middleby Corp., a Chicago-based company which bought Viking at the end of last ...

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City to use demolition debris to build, pave roads

GREENWOOD — The city of Greenwood will use debris from the Russell Building for local road repairs and paving projects. The building was recently torn down. The city hauled off concrete and crushed brick. Mayor Carolyn McAdams tells the Greenwood Commonwealth that the city will save money. McAdams says the city grinds its own limestone about twice a year and ...

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Cities teaming up to apply for recycling grant

NATCHEZ and BROOKHAVEN — The city of Natchez is partnering with the city of Brookhaven and possibly another local government to apply for a grant to start a regional recycling initiative. Natchez Community Development director James Johnston tells The Natchez Democrat Natchez, Brookhaven and possibly Wilkinson County will apply for funding from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s Regional Recycling ...

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Hosemann eyeing absentee ballots from controversial mayoral election

HATTIESBURG — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is examining absentee ballots from Hattiesburg’s recent special election. The review will not change the outcome of the election. Incumbent Democrat Johnny DuPree won a fourth term by 202 votes over challenger Dave Ware, after the initial vote was thrown out by Forrest County Circuit Judge William Coleman. Hosemann has requested that copies ...

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