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Feasibility of new railroad line under review

SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — The Rail Authority of East Mississippi has a $50,000 grant to study whether there is enough demand from the forest products industry to create a short railroad line from Waynesboro to Lucedale. Executive director Geoffrey Clark says the U.S. Commerce Department provided the money, and Waggoner Engineering will work with Mississippi State University and the University of ...

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State Port gets HUD funds to complete Katrina recovery

GULFPORT — The Port of Gulfport has received the final $481 million in federal funds to complete Katrina restoration and elevation to 25 feet, a project that will take six years. The restoration and elevation will quadruple the port’s capacity. The Sun Herald reports the port has been redesigned as it is being rebuilt so the result will be a ...

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NAACP to appeal panel's ruling on redistricting

JACKSON — The NAACP says it will appeal a federal panel’s ruling that candidates for the Mississippi Legislature this year will run in current districts. Carroll Rhodes, attorney for the NAACP, tells The Clarion-Ledger that the appeal will be filed within 30 days in the U.S. Supreme Court. He would not discuss the details. The candidate qualifying deadline was June ...

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Lawyers: Legislators should not determine compensation

JACKSON — A group of lawyers awarded $14 million for their work to collect more than $100 million for the state has told the Mississippi Supreme Court that no attorney would work for the state if they had to depend on the Legislature for compensation. The Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in a lawsuit that attacks a law that allows ...

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Deer hunting season still on despite flood

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Deer hunting season in Mississippi is still on despite migration of deer during the Mississippi River flooding. Wildlife officials say the floodwaters have displaced deer in the South Delta and the mainline Mississippi River levee system. However, deer biologist Lann Wilf says history shows deer will escape to higher ground and follow receding water back to their ...

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Conviction of Minor, judges upheld by Wingate

JACKSON — A federal judge yesterday refused to throw out the convictions of imprisoned ex-attorney Paul Minor and two former judges. U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate heard arguments on the defense motions but said if there was any error in the judicial bribery trial, it was harmless. “The jury found facts establishing guilt,” Wingate said. Now, Minor and former Harrison ...

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Ex-mortgage broker gets jail time for fraud

RIDGELAND — Former Ridgeland mortgage broker Mark Calhoun has been sentenced to 16 years and eight months in prison for mortgage fraud in a scheme that involved more than $10 million in fraudulent loans. Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Dan Jordan also sentenced Calhoun’s associates, J. Larry Kennedy, and son Keith Kennedy, who operated a mortgage loan closings business. They were ...

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KiOR signs another agreement with Catchlight

COLUMBUS — KiOR Inc., a renewable fuels company, and Catchlight Energy, LLC, a 50-50 joint venture between subsidiaries of Chevron Corporation and Weyerhaeuser Company focused on providing liquid transportation fuels from sustainable forest-based resources, have signed a feedstock supply agreement. Terms were not disclosed. Under the agreement, Catchlight Energy will supply forestry-based feedstocks required by KiOR’s first commercial renewable fuel ...

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