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Lawmakers pushing for disaster relief

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are cosponsoring legislation aimed to help thousands of small businesses on the Gulf Coast by waiving interest payments on federal disaster loans issued after recent hurricanes. Cochran and Wicker are primary cosponsors of the Southeast Hurricanes Small Business Disaster Relief Act, which was introduced March 28 by ...

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Officials investigating storms, possible tornado

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Wind, hail and heavy rain damaged more than 40 homes in Central Mississippi and flooded roads, officials said today, but there were no immediate reports of injuries. A line of severe thunderstorms was sweeping across the Southeast, and there was a threat of tornadoes in northern Florida and Georgia. Mike Edmonston, senior meteorologist with the National Weather ...

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Court sides with Gaming Commission over machines

WEST POINT — Two West Point men have lost their attempt to get computer equipment taken from their business returned by the state. WTVA-TV reports that the Mississippi Gaming Commission removed the machines from Paradise Isle Internet Cafe in 2007. Authorities say the 39 computers were nothing more than slot machines being used to reward customers who bought phone cards. ...

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Officials: River bridge OK after barge collision

NATCHEZ — Officials in Natchez say the Mississippi River Bridge suffered no major damage after being struck by barges carrying coal. Adams County Emergency Management director Stan Owens tells The Natchez Democrat that the speed of the water — which stood about 18 inches above flood stage — was a contributing factor to how hard the bridge’s center pillar was ...

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Levee board loses Yazoo Pump decision, may appeal

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — A Mississippi levee board that wants to move forward with a $220-million flood control project has lost a bid in federal court to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2008 veto of the project. The Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners sued the EPA in Aug. 2009 in U.S. District Court in Greenville. Court records show U.S. District Judge ...

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Controversial immigration bill dies at Capitol

JACKSON — The push for a comprehensive anti-immigration bill in Mississippi began with a series of hearings and a rally in opposition, but the measure has quietly died under a legislative deadline. There appeared to be little serious discussion about a compromise on the bill that was patterned after the law enacted in Arizona in 2010, which gave law enforcement ...

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OSHA penalty upheld in trampling death of Wal-Mart worker

Shopper stampedes in your store that kill or injure workers are your responsibility.That’s the message Chief Administrative Law Judge Covette Rooney of the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has given Wal-Mart for inadequate crowd management following a November 2008 trampling death of a worker at one of the company’s retail locations in New York.The U.S. Department of Labor’s ...

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Hunter Douglas plant again wins top safety award

TUPELO — For the fifth time in seven years the employees of Hunter Douglas in Tupelo will receive the company’s highest safety honor and award for best overall safety program in 2010. Hurley Mitchell, president of Manufacturing Group, Hunter Douglas North America, will present the President’s Safety Award, which recognizes excellence in occupational safety and health, to the 130 employees ...

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SBA's disaster loan application deadline approaching

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes in 15 Mississippi counties of the April 25 deadline to apply for economic injury disaster loan assistance. The loans are available due to tornadoes and severe storms with high winds, excessive rainfall, flooding and flash flooding that ...

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USM launches fundraiser for new business facility

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi aims to become Mississippi’s premier business school with the help of a new on-campus facility. The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation, in partnership with the university’s College of Business, has announced a $10-million fundraising campaign to help construct a 90,000-square-foot building. The new structure, with an estimated project cost of $33 million, will ...

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