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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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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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