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Entergy Mississippi bills to shrink — slightly

JACKSON — Entergy Mississippi says electricity rates should drop slightly beginning Friday. The company says bills for average residential customers — those using 1,000 kilowatt hours per month — will be $1.16 lower for the next three months. The state Public Service Commission recently voted unanimously to lower the quarterly fuel-rate adjustment Entergy seeks. Entergy officials said a key factor ...

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Baptist Town revitalization project to be honored

GREENWOOD — The Mississippi State University Carl Small Town Center’s efforts to help revitalize one of the oldest and most historic African American neighborhoods in Greenwood is being recognized by the American Planning Association. During the APA’s National Planning Conference April 12 in Boston, CSTC director John Poros and assistant director Leah Kemp will accept the group’s Outstanding Student Project ...

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Jackson's sales tax bill headed to Barbour's desk

JACKSON — Lawmakers have sent to the governor a bill to allow the city of Jackson to levy — with voter approval — a 1-cent sales tax for infrastructure improvements. The Clarion-Ledger reports that legislative approval came yesterday. The 1-cent hike would require 60 percent voter approval and raise the sales tax in Jackson to 8 cents, excluding groceries, hotels/motels ...

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Louisiana officials extend white shrimp season

GULF OF MEXICO — Louisiana wildlife and fisheries officials say the shrimp season in the open waters of Breton and Chandeleur sounds will be extended until further notice. Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries secretary Robert Barham says current data indicates that marketable quantities of white shrimp remain in those areas. He says by extending the shrimp season, he hopes to give ...

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Barbour, lawmakers still at odds over state budget

JACKSON — The Governor’s Office met again yesterday with key budget writers as state leaders continued trying to reach an agreement on a spending plan for next fiscal year and resolve the budget issues that are about to put this year’s session into overtime. House Education Committee chairman Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, who’s also a chief budget architect, said the Democrat-led ...

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Contracts let for expansion of Elvis' birthplace

TUPELO — The board of directors of the Elvis Presley Memorial Foundation has voted to award the contract for the expansion of Presley’s birthplace venue to the apparent low bidder, Panola Construction of Batesville. The low bid for the base project was $2.689 million. The board agreed to accept Alternate #2 for $38,600. In additional action, Germantown Contracting’s base bid ...

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Michel not seeking reelection to State Senate

JACKSON — State Sen. J. Walter Michel, a Republican from Jackson, says he’s not seeking re-election. Michel says in a news release he wants to devote his attention to his commercial real estate business. Michel’s district covers portions of Madison and Hinds counties. He’s been in the Senate since winning a special election in 1999. Michel is chairman of the ...

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Labor orders ISMG to pay employee back wages

HANCOCK COUNTY — The U.S. Department of Labor says International Security Management Group will pay more than $282,000 in back wages to 46 security employees at the Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. Labor Department officials say in a news release that the agreement was reached after an investigation showed the company had failed to pay employees the required prevailing ...

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Wheat fields looking good despite snow geese

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A drier-than-normal winter has put this year’s winter wheat crop in good shape as it heads into the heavy growth stages of spring. Erick Larson, grain agronomist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the state has about 300,000 acres of wheat. This figure is up from the meager 125,000 acres harvested in 2010, but down ...

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Cal-Maine sees increase in sales, but income up and down

JACKSON — Cal-Maine Foods Inc. reports net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 of $274.7 million, compared with net sales of $271.2 million for the same quarter of fiscal 2010. The egg company reported net income of $33.6 million, or $1.41 per basic share, for the third quarter, compared with net income of $34.5 million, or $1.45 per ...

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