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Congressional review: Arts school gets A-plus (video)

Posted 8/31/2010 in Business

Students at Cook Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School are less than a month into the school year and already have performed for a U.S. congressman.


State approves biofuel project for Columbus

Posted 8/29/2010 in Business

Mississippi lawmakers on Friday swiftly approved a multimillion dollar incentive package for what state and company officials call a first-in-the-world project to convert timber products to a crude oil substitute.



WTVA: Bankruptcy ahead for Blockbuster? (link)

Posted 8/27/2010 in Business



Nettleton school's race rule causes mom to pull out kids

Posted 8/27/2010 in Business

A Mississippi school district has ended its policy of using race in class elections after a mother pulled her mixed-race children from the school.



Legislature OKs incentives for Columbus biofuel plant

Posted 8/27/2010 in Business

Mississippi lawmakers met in special session Friday and quickly approved a multimillion dollar incentive package for a company that plans to convert timber products into a crude oil substitute.


Libraries, though more vital, struggling with cuts

Posted 8/27/2010 in Business

An unfortunate correlation occurs at public libraries when the economy turns sour: Budgets and services are cut just as the public's need for access to those resources peaks.

Biofuel company to locate in Columbus (video)

Posted 8/26/2010 in Business

JACKSON -- Columbus is first in line to receive one of three renewable biofuel production plants in Mississippi. Governor Haley Barbour announced Thursday KiOR of Houston, Texas, has agreed to invest $500 million to build three facilities in Mississippi and create an estimated 1,000 jobs.


Peter Imes: How to unsend an e-mail in Gmail

Posted 8/26/2010 in Business

Gmail is Google's free e-mail service. Through, you can create an e-mail account that you can check on virtually any computer connected to the Internet. It's a replacement for Outlook or Apple Mail and is similar to Hotmail and Yahoo Mail.



Salute committee seeks community support

Posted 8/26/2010 in Business

Time is drawing near as the Salute to Lowndes County's Finest Committee strives to reach their fundraising goal. Their goal is to raise $10,000 for the First Responders Recovery Fund and the committee is asking local business leaders for their support.


For first time, MSU turns away housing applicants

Posted 8/26/2010 in Business

Hundreds of Mississippi State University students can attest to the university's growth. For the first time, MSU has had to turn away about 400 upperclassmen requesting on-campus housing. "They approached us desiring a space in housing," explained MSU Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Bill Kibler, noting the requests of the upperclassmen were declined in time for them to find off-campus housing before school began.


Jobless rate rises in July in state, across Golden Triangle

Posted 8/25/2010 in Business

Mississippi's unemployment rate for July rose to 11.5 percent, and Golden Triangle counties all had rates worse than the state average. In Columbus, more than one in five people was out of work.



Pact links Tenn-Tom Waterway, Panama Canal

Posted 8/25/2010 in Business

POINT CLEAR, Ala. - Officials have signed an international pact to link the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway with goods shipped through an expanded Panama Canal.



Barbour adds synthetic pot to special session agenda

Posted 8/25/2010 in Business

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is asking legislators to outlaw the sale and possession of synthetic marijuana across the state.



Biofuel project tops Miss. special session agenda

Posted 8/24/2010 in Business

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is asking lawmakers to approve funding for a facility that would produce renewable crude oil from trees.



Ala. fire chief fired over fetuses flushed down toilet

Posted 8/24/2010 in Business

Odenville has fired its fire chief after an incident in which two premature stillborn fetuses were flushed down a toilet at a home.



Cal-Maine adds 800,000 eggs to recall

Posted 8/23/2010 in Business

Cal-Maine Foods Inc., the nation's largest egg seller and distributor, said it is recalling about 800,000 dozen eggs related to an expanded recall tied to a salmonella outbreak.



Paccar engine plant hires 90 new workers

Posted 8/23/2010 in Business

Ninety new workers have been hired by Paccar's Columbus plant, as the maker of engines for commercial trucks readies to begin production by the end of the year.


More local businesses relying on digital tools

Posted 8/21/2010 in Business

In the Digital Age, more and more organizations are taking their business online, and the result is a level of interaction with the customer that was unimaginable even two decades ago.


Businesses crossing Omnova line report tacks thrown in driveways

Posted 8/21/2010 in Business

After crossing union workers' picket lines at Omnova Solutions Inc., at least three local businesses have had roofing tacks thrown in their driveways, said Lowndes County Sheriff Butch Howard.



Barbour calls special session for $500 million economic development project

Posted 8/20/2010 in Business

Lawmakers will return to the Capitol next week to consider an incentive package for a $500 million economic development project.



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