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Are you in poverty if you have an Xbox?

The conservative think tank, The Heritage Foundation, has just released a study questioning whether the U.S. Census Bureau should allow Americans with a multitude of unnecessary electronic devices to be considered “in poverty.” According to the most recent Census, 21.8 percent of Mississippians live below poverty level, as opposed to 14.3 percent nationally. According to USDA numbers reported by the ...

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Bonds to go on sale to finance Ocean Expo

D’IBERVILLE — The D’Iberville City Council has passed resolutions needed to finalize the purchase of property for the Ocean Expo off Interstate 10, and float general obligation bonds to cover some of the expense. The Sun Herald reports the property is being cleared to make way for the aquarium, and up to $4 million in bonds will be issued to ...

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ICC kicks off fundraising for health facility

TUPELO — Itawamba Community College has kicked off a three-year campaign to raise $8 million for a new health science education center on the school’s Tupelo campus. ICC President David Cole says the school has pledges of $5 million to the training center, $2 million. He says ICC will also apply $2 million of grants to the construction. The center ...

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Hospitals in Philadelphia, Meridian affiliate

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. — Neshoba County General Hospital has signed an affiliation agreement with Anderson Regional Medical Center of Meridian. Officials with both hospitals say the deal is not a purchase or lease agreement but a working agreement. Neshoba General CEO Lonnie Graber says the Philadelphia hospital will have access to Anderson’s business expertise and expand health care resources at part ...

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Alabama still collecting tax for Confederate vets

MOUNTAIN CREEK, Ala. — The last of the more than 60,000 Confederate veterans who came home to Alabama after the Civil War died generations ago, yet residents are still paying a tax that supported the neediest among them. Despite fire-and-brimstone opposition to taxes among many in a state that still has “Heart of Dixie” on its license plates, officials never ...

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Choctaw tribe's deals focus of FBI, chief says

PHILADELPHIA, Miss. — Mississippi Choctaw Indians Chief Beasley Denson says media reports earlier this month that an FBI search of tribal records includes those related to the Choctaws’ relationship to an Atlanta management company are true. Denson told The Clarion-Ledger on Tuesday that the search warrant presented the tribe by FBI agents on July 12 mentioned Atlanta-based Mercury Gaming Group ...

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Hurricane Dora strengthens off Mexican coast

ACAPULCO, Mexico  — Hurricane Dora grew stronger offshore on Wednesday as it brought rain to the Mexican coast. The fourth hurricane of the eastern Pacific season was forecast to move parallel to the shoreline for several days. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said the storm was centered about 225 miles (360 kilometers) south-southwest of Acapulco and was moving ...

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Proposed Margaritaville marina gets DMR approval

BILOXI — Developers of the new Margaritaville Casino have received approval from the DMR to build a 27 slip marina as part of that project. WLOX-TV reports that authorization was given at Tuesday’s monthly meeting of the Commission on Marine Resources in Biloxi. The marina will be built adjacent to the casino project, near the foot of 5th Street on ...

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