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Helping Pascagoula rebound nets Rebecca Davis Mississippi Main Street Beasley Scholarship

The work of Rebecca Davis in helping Pascagoula gain new life after the destruction of Katrina won her Mississippi Main Street Association’s Charles O. Beasley Scholarship Award, an annual honor that goes to a Main Street manager who has shown outstanding service to the community and program. Davis received the award at the Mississippi Main Street Association’s 2011 Annual Awards ...

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Sales tax holiday returning for third time

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s sales tax holiday returns for the third year on the weekend of July 29-30, in time for back-to-school shopping. For 48 hours, between 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 29 and midnight Saturday, July 31, stores won’t collect the 7 percent sales tax on eligible items. The list remains the same as last year — basically clothing and ...

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Researchers: Shrimp harvest a mixed bag

GULF OF MEXICO — They may be living up to their name in size, but Gulf shrimp are being landed in Mississippi in good numbers, and large ones are selling for high prices. The state’s shrimp season opened May 25, which was about a week earlier than normal. Dave Burrage, marine resources specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, ...

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Judge to rule in dialysis CON dispute

MONTGOMERY COUNTY — A Hinds County judge will decide which of two companies can operate a kidney dialysis treatment center in Montgomery County. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled in February 2010 that the Department of Health lacked authority to extend approval through a certificate of need to Renal Care for almost three years to allow construction. In 2004, when Renal ...

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PSC to look at public utilities' travel expenses

JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission has scheduled a hearing Sept. 8 in Jackson on a new rule that would limit the travel expenses that public utilities could charge to ratepayers. Specifically, the new rule, proposed by Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley, would limit any costs passed on to customers to only those which are at coach rate on ...

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TVA to buy Magnolia power plant from Kelson

BENTON COUNTY — The staff of the Tennessee Valley Authority has negotiated an agreement to buy, subject to TVA board of directors’ approval, the 968-megawatt Magnolia Combined Cycle Gas Plant in northern Mississippi from Kelson Limited Partnership, a wholly owned subsidiary of Kelson Energy Inc. Terms were not disclosed. But according to TVA, the purchase price will be less than ...

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State ends year with surplus, but Barbour urges caution

JACKSON — The state ended fiscal year 2011 with $94 million more in unobligated reserves than expected, leaving $285 million in reserves. This is according to the Governor’s Office. Still, Gov. Haley Barbour urged conservative budget planning. In a letter to legislators, Barbour wrote: “As my successor and you begin planning the budget for next fiscal year, I urge you ...

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Are we losing the 'Weed War?'

By Wally Northway The state has just lost an important weapon in its all-out war against cogongrass, which poses a threat to the economy, environment and even public safety. The loss of a federal assistance program could not have come at a worse time, and now some experts believe the non-native, invasive weed is winning the nearly century-old battle. Dr. ...

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