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UM launches fundraiser for athletic programs

OXFORD — Ole Miss officials have announced a $150-million fund raising campaign, along with plans to replace the university’s basketball facility and improve Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Ole Miss athletic director Pete Boone announced the “Forward Together” program Tuesday. The university said $100 million come form premium seating charges in both venues and $50 million from philanthropic donations. In addition to the ...

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Much-anticipated multi-modal facility set for opening

BROOKHAVEN — More than 10 years after the planning for the project began, a multi-modal transportation facility on Brookhaven’s North Railroad Avenue will officially open with a ceremony next Wednesday. Brookhaven Mayor Less Bumgarner says the 11:30 a.m. ceremony is being timed so that a train will arrive just as the festivities end. “If the train is on time then ...

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After three-year absence, American Queen returning

VICKSBURG — After more than three years, the American Queen riverboat again will dock at Vicksburg’s City Front. The Vicksburg Post reports that the American Queen will return to the city when its new owner, the Great American Steamboat Company, resumes Mississippi River cruises in April. Bill Seratt, executive director of the Vicksburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, said tourism officials ...

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With cotton acreage up, mill could add workers

GREENWOOD — It has been almost 2½ years since cottonseed was last milled at Greenwood’s Delta Oil Mill. If the cotton crop produces as projected, however, the mill could get back to its origins and extract vegetable oil from cottonseed again this fall, says John Stewart, the mill’s manager. That could add 40 to 50 jobs at the plant for ...

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Supervisors vote down Coast marina project

ST. MARTIN — The Jackson County Board of Supervisors has rejected plans for a new marina in St. Martin. Board president Melton Harris said the developer wanted to build a 21-slip marina and a restaurant on St. Martin Bayou. A supporter of the plan estimated that it would have been a $12-million investment. Harris said the board rejected the proposal ...

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Housing director's trial to get underway next month

GREENVILLE — A Sept. 26 trial date has been set for the director of the South Delta Regional Housing Authority and a contractor in a federal criminal case, according to The Delta Democrat-Times. ••• SEE ANALYSIS AT EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK ••• SEE MORE COVERAGE Ann Jefferson, who is on administrative leave as the authority’s executive director, and Jimmy Johnson, a contractor ...

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Solar panel plant to hold grand opening in September

HATTIESBURG — Stion, a manufacturer of high-efficiency thin-film solar panels, is gearing up for the official opening of its manufacturing facility in Hattiesburg. The grand opening is slated for Sept. 16. Featured speakers will be Chet Ferris, CEO of Stion, Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny L. Dupree, Ph.D., Dr. Martha D. Saunders, president of the University of Southern Mississippi. The new plant ...

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State's foreclosure actions up and down

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Home foreclosure actions in Mississippi rose in July from the previous month, but were down from a year ago, according to a national foreclosure tracking firm. Irvine, Calif.-based RealtyTrac said 359 housing unit were targeted for some sort of foreclosure action last month — and all of those homeowners were at the end of the line. Lenders ...

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'Amazing' therapy wipes out leukemia in study

‘Amazing’ therapy wipes out leukemia in study NEW YORK — Scientists are reporting the first clear success with a new approach for treating leukemia — turning the patients’ own blood cells into assassins that hunt and destroy their cancer cells. They’ve only done it in three patients so far, but the results were striking: Two appear cancer-free up to a ...

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