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Lighting company to open Mississippi facility, hiring 20

A lighting company is opening a distribution center in the Mississippi Delta, investing $1 million and hiring 20. Parmida LED Technologies announced Tuesday that it would open a facility in Indianola. Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman Tammy Craft says the state will direct $400,000 in federal community development money for renovations and infrastructure. The state is loaning $1.5 million to Sunflower ...

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Mayor says he’ll personally pay for criminals to leave town

The mayor of one Mississippi Delta city says he’s willing to spend up to $10,000 of his own money to pay criminals to move out of town. Clarksdale Mayor Chuck Espy said Monday that if lawbreakers don’t think they can turn their life around there, he’ll pay for them to move elsewhere. Espy says that’s just part of his plan ...

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ROSS REILY: House that Mayers built gets its deserving name

Dr. Ronnie Mayers had a vision. He wanted to build a world-class competition swimming pool to serve the community, house classrooms for students and be home to one of the best college swim teams in America. No, it wasn’t in Oxford or Starkville or Hattiesburg or even in Jackson. It was in Cleveland — yes, Cleveland. Delta State University has ...

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Forecasters: ‘Potentially historic’ flooding threatens South

Scientists are warning that historic flooding could soon deluge parts of several Southern states along the lower Mississippi River, where floodwaters could persist for several weeks.The flood threat in the South will be discussed Thursday, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration releases its 2019 spring outlook. Experts plan a briefing on their flood forecast at the National Water Center ...

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ROSS REILY: EPA should have historical background of Delta

If you first listen to environmentalists and the Environmental Protection Agency as to why they are opposed to the Yazoo Backwater project, they make a pretty compelling argument. The EPA has said the project would have incurred “unacceptable damage to these valuable resources that are used for wildlife, economic and recreational purposes.” In an interview I did with a representative ...

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Mayor: Mississippi town surrounding by overflowing rivers

The mayor of Glendora, Mississippi, says overflowing rivers swollen with recent rain have encircled his town and forced some families to leave their homes. The Greenwood Commonwealth reported Wednesday that the town of 151 people is caught between the flooded Tallahatchie River to the north and the Black Bayou to the south. Mayor Johnny Thomas says the recent flood is ...

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Illinois medical equipment maker expanding in Mississippi

Medical equipment maker Baxter International is expanding a Mississippi Delta plant, with plans to add 50 to 100 new employees in about two years. Baxter spokeswoman Lauren Russ told The Associated Press that the company is doubling capacity at its Cleveland plant to fill bottles of irrigation solution used to clean tissue and wounds. Baxter is also adding equipment to ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN: The Green Rush — Hemp may be the savior for Mississippi agriculture

The struggles of the Mississippi Delta and Mississippi farmers are well documented. But relief may be on the horizon if the State of Mississippi is willing and able to build the infrastructure necessary to capture its share of an agricultural market that is expected to increase from $820 million this year to $22 billion in 2022.  Yes, you read that ...

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School district says state will intervene in finances

The superintendent of a Mississippi Delta school district says the state Department of Education will take oversight of finances because the district can’t produce audited financial statements. The Bolivar Commercial reports North Bolivar school district Superintendent Maurice Smith told the school board Monday that the district had produced an audited financial report for the 2015 budget year. However, he says ...

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Historic stoplights give retro feel to Greenwood

Greenwood technically may no longer be a Cotton Capital, but it just might be the Historic Stoplight Capital of the World.That’s according to Barrett Williams, a historic preservationist dedicated to preserving and recreating streetscapes to match the historic buildings that line them. Along with Mayor Carolyn McAdams, former Chief Administrative Officer Thomas Gregory, the late state Rep. May Whittington and ...

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