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Hancock Makes Repeat on Forbes' 'Most Trustworthy' Companies List

By Ted Carter Coming off a third quarter that saw triple-digit income growth over the previous quarter, Gulfport-based Hancock Bank has a new reason to cheer: a listing on Audit Integrity’s “Most Trustworthy Companies” published this week in Forbes Magazine. The $8.2 billion regional bank, which reported third-quarter income of $14.9 million and earnings per share of 40-cents, landed on ...

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No injuries reported from fire at Northrop shipyard

PASCAGOULA — Northrop Grumman Corp. says no one was injured when a fire broke out at its Pascagoula shipyard. The company says the blaze occurred about 7:35 a.m. today and was extinguished by emergency personnel. Northrop Grumman says the area remains evacuated as the cause is investigated. Company spokesman Bill Glenn told The Mississippi Press that the fire occurred on ...

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MDEQ launches expedited habitat restoration project

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has launched an expedited restoration project in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which will provide approximately 2,500 acres of enhanced mudflats and shallow water habitat for shorebirds, wading birds and waterfowl. Staged in the Mississippi Delta and funded by BP, the project will provide additional inland refuge ...

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Energy Department transfers Salmon Site to state

LAMAR COUNTY — The U.S. Department of Energy has transferred the Salmon Site, or Tatum Salt Dome, to the State of Mississippi. “Independent testing by the Department of Energy and by Mississippi State University under the supervision of the Mississippi Department of Health is complete,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “It is now time for the State of Mississippi ...

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Report: Foreclosures tumbled in state in November

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Foreclosure actions against Mississippi homeowners in November dropped 16 percent from October — a seasonal trend likely pushed farther by delays stemming from questions about the legality of some proposed seizures, a national foreclosure tracking group said today. Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac said 431 properties in Mississippi were the target of some sort of foreclosure-related action last month ...

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Justice Department brings post-oil spill lawsuit

GULF OF MEXICO — A powerful plaintiff has joined the hundreds of people and businesses suing BP and other companies involved in the Gulf oil spill: the Justice Department. The government, in an opening salvo in its effort to get billions of dollars for untold economic and environmental damage, accuses the companies of disregarding federal safety regulations in drilling the ...

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120 Miss. teachers earn national certification

JACKSON — Another 120 Mississippi teachers have earned national board certification, making themselves eligible for pay bonuses of $6,000 a year. Teachers go through a rigorous process of completing projects and passing exams to earn the certification. It’s a voluntary process that typically takes from one year to three years. The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards says Mississippi ranks ...

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City officials want review of casino developer

NATCHEZ — The Natchez Board of Aldermen will seek an independent review of developers who proposed a new casino in the city. Alderman Dan Dillard says the developers’ failure to submit information to be on the state Gaming Commission’s December agenda is a sign that the board needs to proceed on its own. Dillard says he suspects developers are not ...

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TVA customers' electric bills to increase

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Tennessee Valley Authority residential customers will pay up to $1.50 more a month in January to cover an increase in the utility’s fuel costs. The utility said in a statement that demand is expected to increase, primarily due to colder weather. Compared to December, the January fuel cost adjustment will increase residential monthly bills between 50 cents ...

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Graham promoted to president of MGCCC

PERKINSTON — The trustees of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) have unanimously named Dr. Mary S. Graham as the 12th president to lead the college. Her appointment becomes effective July 1, 2011. After serving as president since 1998, Dr. Willis H. Lott announced earlier this year his retirement, effective June 30, 2011. A native of Mississippi, Graham earned her ...

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