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Forisk: Southern sawtimber prices should rise

ATHENS, Ga. — Increasing demand for wood raw materials indicates higher pine stumpage prices for forest owners and investors, according to data from Athens, Ga.-based Forisk Consulting. Forisk forecasts sawtimber prices for the South strengthening 4.6 percent into 2012 and 5.5 percent into 2013 as lumber production increases with housing starts. Alternately, pine pulpwood, the lower valued raw material used ...

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DMR looking to build dike on Deer Island

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources’ (DMR) Beneficial Use of Dredge Material Program has filed an application with the DMR proposing to create approximately 50 acres of tidal salt marsh and chenier habitat on the northeast shore of Deer Island, which is currently water bottoms and pine/grass uplands. The DMR plans to construct a dike using ...

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USM, Chevron release state tide tables

OCEAN SPRINGS and PASCAGOULA — The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL) and the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery have joined together to provide tables of Mississippi’s 2011 high and low tides. The tables provide information on tides for Pascagoula, Biloxi and Bay St. Louis as well as times for sun and moon rising and setting and the stages ...

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Business-education partnerships receive awards

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Association of Partners in Education (MAPE) will recognize Mississippi’s top school-community partnerships during the Governor’s Awards luncheon March 23 at the Jackson Marriott Downtown. The luncheon is part of activities planned for the 26th annual State Conference on March 22-23, which will be co-hosted for the first time this year by MAPE and the Program ...

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Majestic Star's reorganization plan approved

TUNICA — The Majestic Star Casino, LLC, and certain of its subsidiaries and affiliates have received confirmation of its second amended joint plan of reorganization from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. The company said the court’s ruling and entry of a confirmation order following a hearing held on March 10 allows Majestic Star, which owns ...

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Justice Department investigating mental health system

JACKSON — The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether Mississippi’s mental health system is discriminating against disabled persons by funding large psychiatric institutions at the expense of community-based care. The state Department of Mental Health said Mississippi has significantly improved care for disabled patients since the ruling, despite a lack of funds. Critics, however, said state policymakers have resisted shifting ...

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Farmers report fields in good shape for planting

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s 3.7 million acres of cropland were in good shape by late winter despite high snow geese numbers in the Delta and heavy March rains, according to the Mississippi State University Extension Service. Darrin Dodds, cotton specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said cotton fields were generally in good condition. Much of the state suffered ...

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SBA loans available following disaster declaration

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Mississippi as a result of the drought that occurred from May 1-Dec. 31, 2010. The SBA’s disaster declaration includes the counties of Adams, Amite, Attala, ...

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