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Fire at mill lands workers in Georgia burn center

GREENWOOD — Two workers injured in a fire at a mill in Greenwood earlier this week are hospitalized at a burn center in Georgia. Fire Chief Marcus Banks tells the Greenwood Commonwealth that the incident occurred Monday night at the Delta Oil Mill. The mill processes distiller’s grain, a byproduct of ethanol production, and employs 25 workers. Banks says a ...

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UMMC offering first nurse residency program

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center’s hospitals are offering new nurses a one-year residency program to help nursing graduates adjust to the stressful daily grind of frontline healthcare. According to UMMC, they are the first hospitals in the state to offer this program. The Nurse Residency Program is a concept established by the University HealthSystem Consortium and the ...

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IHL'S Review: State's economic news 'gradually improving'

JACKSON — The June 2011 issue of the Mississippi Economic Review and Outlook, published by the Center for Policy Research and Planning of the Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), is now available online at www.mississippi.edu/URC. The Review presents the state economic forecast for 2011 to 2016, and includes detailed employment forecasts by sector. Regional, national and international developments impacting the ...

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Winchester Ammunition swamped with applicants

OXFORD — Winchester Ammunition has plenty of applicants for the 200-250 jobs it hopes to fill by the end of the year for its Oxford operation. The company is transferring its Centerfire operations from East Alton, Ill., over the next five years and will employ some 800 workers. Valerie Peters, Winchester’s director of operations, says hundreds of people showed up ...

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MDOT to break ground for new SR 475 bypass

RANKIN COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will break ground tomorrow on the State Route 475 bypass project in Rankin County. When complete, State Route 475 will be a continuous four-lane road beginning at Lakeland Drive and will cross over Old Brandon Road on a newly constructed bridge to U.S. 80. An access ramp will also be constructed ...

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MDEQ: Delta lakes safe following historic flood

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Environmental officials say many lakes in the Mississippi Delta are safe for swimming and boating despite flooding by the Mississippi River. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality said yesterday in a news release that it sampled 23 lakes in the Delta for chemical and bacterial contamination following flooding on the Mississippi River and the Yazoo Backwater. MDEQ ...

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Renasant buying $680M Alabama-based trust unit

TUPELO — Renasant Corporation’s wholly owned subsidiary, Renasant Bank, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Birmingham, Ala.-based trust department of RBC Bank (USA), which services clients in Alabama and Georgia. The acquisition by Renasant will not affect the separate trust operations of RBC Wealth Management in the U.S. or RBC Trust Company (Delaware) Limited. Under the terms ...

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Cochran: Administration failing state's cattlemen

WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Agriculture officials need to develop recommendations to help livestock producers in Mississippi, especially poultry farmers, reverse declining markets. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is a member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee that conducted a hearing on the “State of Livestock in America.” Cochran used the hearing to highlight the poultry industry in Mississippi, ...

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Weitzel facing forfeiture for using illegal workers

GULFPORT — Federal prosecutors want a South Mississippi businessman to forfeit $475,000 in an illegal immigration case. Randy Weitzel of Gulfport allegedly earned the money by employing illegal immigrants, including some who worked construction jobs at the federal courthouse in Gulfport where Weitzel was convicted and Keesler Air Force base in Biloxi. Weitzel was identified in court records as the ...

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Council approves loan guarantee for zoo on heels of study

JACKSON — The Jackson City Council has approved a measure to guarantee a loan of $800,000 for the city’s zoo to help pay for roughly $880,000 in debt. The loan, which will be taken out of city funding to the zoo for the next eight years, eases zoo management’s effort to maintain accreditation by the prestigious Association of Zoos and ...

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