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Oil spill administrator makes another Coast visit

GULF COAST — The administrator of BP’s $20 billion oil spill claims fund returns to the Gulf Coast this week amid increasing complaints that the program is failing to compensate many in need. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg will meet tomorrow with residents, business owners and fishermen in Bayou La Batre and Orange Beach along the Alabama coast. He heads to the ...

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College gets $350K for scholarships, equipment

HATTIESBURG — The Asbury Foundation of Hattiesburg recently gave $350,000 to Pearl River Community College for scholarships and dental hygiene equipment. The grant will be used to further the education of students living in the eight counties served by the foundation, said executive director Bill Ray. “They are usually students who stay at home and contribute to the Mississippi economy,” ...

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Could homeowners lose insurance due to Chinese drywall?

MIAMI — Mississippi homeowners who are the victims of defective Chinese drywall may want to keep a close eye on events in Florida. An attorney for homeowners who bought properties with tainted Chinese drywall says Florida’s public insurance company has again reversed course, saying it will suspend policies for those individuals. David Durkee says his clients have begun receiving notices ...

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Nooe sells two restaurants, opens Grant's Kitchen

JACKSON — Chef Grant Nooe, whose past restaurant projects include Brick Oven Cafe, Pan Asia, Fresh Market Cafe and 400 East Capitol, has opened a new “quick cuisine” restaurant. Grant’s Kitchen is located at the corner of  River Oaks and Lakeland Drive. While fast casual dining has seen exponential growth nationally as well as right here in Jackson in a ...

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Simpson announces candidacy for attorney general

JACKSON — Mississippi Public Safety Commissioner Steve Simpson says his experience prepares him to be the state’s attorney general. The 52-year-old Simpson announced his candidacy today as a Republican. Democrat Jim Hood, who’s 48, is seeking a third term as attorney general. Hood was a district attorney in nNorth Mississippi before winning statewide office. Simpson worked six years as an ...

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Cellular South urging customers to sign up for AMBER alerts

RIDGELAND — Cellular South, the largest privately owned wireless provider in the U.S., is joining forces with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the Mississippi Department of Public Safety to encourage mobile phone users in Mississippi to sign up for free wireless AMBER alerts that can help law enforcement safely recover abducted children. The wireless AMBER ...

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Two northeastern counties balking at flood zone maps

ITAWAMBA COUNTY and MONROE COUNTY — Two counties in the northeastern part of the state are fighting flood zone designations on new maps that are part of a modernization program spearheaded by the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Officials in Itawamba and Monroe counties say the flood zone designation would hurt economic development plans for industrial sites. The counties have met ...

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MDOT wraps up intelligent transportation system projects

HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has completed several comprehensive Intelligent Technology Systems (ITS) projects in Hattiesburg, which involved the installation of fiber optic cable, additional traffic cameras, vehicle detection systems, Highway Advisory Radio systems (HAR), and seven dynamic message signs (DMS) to the gateways of Hattiesburg. With the state-of-the-art ITS components now installed along U.S. Highway 49, ...

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Immigration bill causing rifts in Legislature

JACKSON — An Arizona-style immigration bill is shaping up as one of the most divisive topics of the 2011 Mississippi legislative session, and Republican Gov. Haley Barbour might end up as a moderate voice on the issue. Barbour can’t seek a third term this year and is considering a presidential run in 2012. He said during an interview in December ...

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