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Alabama hardball: Birmingham mayor wants private land for ballpark

Baseball in the backyard is an American mainstay. But giving up your backyard for baseball? Birmingham Mayor William Bell is asking his City Council to endorse a plan to seize private property for building a new home for the Birmingham Barons, the city’s AA minor league baseball team that now plays at suburban Hoover’s Regions Park. The project also calls ...

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TVA downplays S&P's rating downgrade

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Standard & Poor’s has downgraded the TVA’s credit rating to “AA+,” but TVA says the downgrade is “not expected to have a material impact.” TVA CFO John Thomas said the utility’s top credit rating otherwise has been reaffirmed by Moody’s Investors Service Inc. Fitch rating service has yet to change its TVA bond rating. Thomas said the fundamental ...

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New Coast Visitors Center officially opens

BILOXI — Biloxi’s new Visitors Center has officially opened. WLOX TV reports that the $13-million center doesn’t just offer brochures about local attractions. It also provides tourists with an in-depth lesson about the Biloxi area’s history, using multi-media displays. Manager Ed Miles said he expects the center, which officially opened Aug. 8, to be a destination for teachers and students ...

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Speed calls Coast county leaders 'lazy'

JACKSON COUNTY — The head of the Mississippi Development Authority says Jackson County needs to do more to attract new residents and businesses. Leland Speed went so far yesterday as to tell a gathering of 100 community leaders that they have gotten “a little lazy” WLOX TV reports that Speed later pointed to thousands of good jobs at Ingalls Shipbuilding ...

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Oil spill residue still found on Barrier Islands

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Dark-amber mats of oil as big as a large man’s foot sit on the sand 10 feet from the water, and farther inland along the beaches of Horn Island’s west end. In the heat, they break apart like firm cookie dough — and smell like the floor of a mechanic shop. Along the north shore yesterday, ...

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PSC approves landfill gas-to-electricity project

PONTOTOC — The Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) has unanimously approved the Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority’s request to construct a one-megawatt facility in Pontotoc County that will convert landfill gas to electricity, becoming the second project that uses that process in Mississippi. The power generated by the waste authority will be sold to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) through ...

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State records first West Nile virus death

JONES COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the first West Nile virus (WNV) death for 2011. The death was a Jones County resident. Three additional cases are reported in Hinds, Pearl River and Wayne counties. This brings the state human case total for this year to 13. So far this year, cases have been reported in ...

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Commission forms to study structure of retirement system

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour has created the Public Employees’ Retirement System Study Commission to analyze the program’s structure and recommend improvements to keep PERS solvent and to protect the interests of taxpayers and current and retired state employees. The 12-member commission will provide a comprehensive report to Gov. Barbour and the Legislature by Nov. 15. “The current funding path ...

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USDA assistance available to flood victims

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Several Mississippi counties that reported agricultural losses will be eligible for federal assistance in the aftermath of the Mississippi River flood. “I appreciate the work by USDA to provide assistance to our farmers, who were impacted by the Mississippi River flood,” Gov. Haley Barbour said. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reviewed damage assessments from counties in the ...

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