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Stupid comments from Mississippi politicians

By the Mississippi Business Journal Mississippi’s legislators just aren’t afraid to blast their cowardice to the world. The MBJ’s most recent favorite examples: The Clarion-Ledger‘s Jan. 21 story “Open meetings bill passes Senate floor” highlights a new law (SB 2289) that would put teeth in the state’s Open Meeting Act. Elected officials who violate the act would have to personally ...

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Chamber’s new leader wants more proof on arena’s viability

Former chair Jonathan Lee had urged supporters to ignore the nay-sayers As Jackson Chamber of Commerce chair, Jonathan Lee urged supporters of an $80-million-plus downtown arena to “ignore those who say it can’t be done.” Lee called a Jackson arena an exercise in “expanding our realm of possibilities” and said no better bet could be made than one that Jackson ...

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Beach deemed safe, MDEQ lifts advisory

GULFPORT — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted an advisory previously issued Jan. 14. The affected beach is at Station 11, located near Cowan/Lorraine Road in Gulfport. Water samples show the area has attained acceptable bacteria levels. The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, which performs water sampling of the Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches ...

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William Carey does not extend dean's contract

HATTIESBURG — William Carey University is searching for a new dean for its college of osteopathic medicine. The Hattiesburg American reports that the decision was made after administrators decided not to rehire the college’s founding dean and vice president, Michael Murphy. Murphy, who completed his three-year contract on Jan. 15, said he was not given a reason for the non- ...

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Officials report no injuries in paper plant fire

WIGGINS — All 19 night shift employees are reported safe after a fire at a paper plant in Wiggins. Firefighters were working to contain the fire this morning. WLOX television says the blaze at Coastal Paper Co. broke out around 1:30 a.m. in a pulp storage shed. The fire had not spread to the plant. Wiggins Fire Chief Jody Hatten ...

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Enerkem gets loan guarantee for Pontotoc plant

PONTOTOC — Enerkem Inc. announced that Enerkem Corporation, its wholly-owned U.S. affiliate, has obtained a conditional commitment for an $80-million loan guarantee by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the construction of its waste-to-biofuels (ethanol) project in Pontotoc. The loan guarantee is part of the USDA 9003 Biorefinery Assistance Program and follows an award of up to $50 million ...

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Settlement 'very close' in FEMA trailer lawsuit

NEW ORLEANS — Companies that manufactured mobile homes for the Federal Emergency Management Agency after Hurricane Katrina are nearing a settlement to resolve thousands of claims that the emergency shelters exposed Gulf Coast storm victims to potentially dangerous fumes, court records show. A proposed class-action settlement involving about two-dozen mobile home manufacturers and their subsidiaries is expected to be filed ...

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