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OSHA cites Graham Lumber following fatality

FULTON — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Graham Lumber Co. for 15 safety and health violations following the March death of a worker who was electrocuted at the company’s Fulton sawmill while troubleshooting a malfunctioning starter inside a motor power control center. Two serious safety violations related to the fatality include failing to train employees on work ...

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FEMA to reimburse county for debris cleanup

MONROE COUNTY — Monroe County may be the first tornado-ravaged county to settle up with FEMA for costs related to the April 27 storms. County administrator Sonny Clay tells WCBI-TV that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has signed off on debris cleanup in Smithville, Wren and other areas. All that’s left is some mop-up work by local crews. Clay ...

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First named Gulf storm churns toward Mexico

GULF OF MEXICO — Forecasters say Tropical Storm Arlene is slowly organizing and is expected to strengthen in the Gulf of Mexico as it moves toward Mexico. Tropical storm warnings have been issued in Mexico for the northeastern coast from Barra De Nautla north to Bahia Algodones. The storm is expected to make landfall in northeastern Mexico early tomorrow. The ...

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Bidders on jail project question selection process

DESOTO COUNTY — Two losing bidders on a contract to build a new jail in DeSoto County contend the bidding process was unfair. The board of supervisors Monday received the final draft of the contract with Oklahoma-based Flintco. The company submitted a $13.8-million construction bid. Supervisors said they will consider it at the supervisors’ next meeting July 5. Flintco’s bid ...

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USDA designates six counties disaster areas

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 15 counties in Tennessee as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, winds and flooding that began April 23 and continues. Mississippi farmers and ranchers in Alcorn, Benton, DeSoto, Marshall, Tippah and Tishomingo  counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous ...

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TARP pressure behind Regions putting Morgan Keegan up for sale

You can toss out public relations as a reason Regions Financial, parent of Regions Bank, wants to get rid of wayward brokerage and investment banking subsidiary Morgan Keegan. It comes down to money – specifically the $3.5 billion the Birmingham-based Regions still owes the U.S. Treasury’s Troubled Asset Relief program, analysts say. J.P. Morgan analyst Vivek Juneja, in guidance issued ...

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Officials asking for help to battle cogongrass 'invasion'

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — State officials are asking for the public’s help in stopping the spread of cogongrass, a weed that has invaded 62 of Mississippi’s 82 counties. The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce-Bureau of Plant Industry is asking anyone who spots this invasive grass to report the sighting by calling (662) 325-3390. The problem is severe enough that a ...

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City officials pushing tourism tax vote

MCCOMB — The City of McComb will include a notice in local water bills this month to remind voters of the tourism tax election on July 19. The Enterprise-Journal reports Mayor Whitney Rawlings hopes the proceeds of the motel tax can be used to complete the McComb Sports Park. A three-fifths majority vote — 60 percent — is required for ...

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City looking to resume public transit system

STARKVILLE — The City of Starkville is looking at reviving its public transit system. The Commercial Dispatch reports the target date for getting the system operating is January 2013. The system would service city residents and Mississippi State University. Officials say a 10-member committee is collecting data for a grant application, which will be submitted to the Mississippi Department of ...

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Cardiology Services expands into Bay Springs

BAY SPRINGS — Cardiology Services, a joint venture of Hattiesburg Clinic Cardiology and Forrest General Hospital, recently opened Cardiology Bay Springs, a service created to provide cardiac care for Bay Springs residents. Cardiology Bay Springs is staffed by Hattiesburg Clinic cardiologists Joseph A. Proli, M.D.; Wassim E. Mouannes, M.D.; and Bassam K. Mechleb, M.D. The cardiologists are seeing patients at ...

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