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Legal assistance to needy threatened by budget cuts

TUPELO — A legal aid office for poor people in North Mississippi faces closing down because of the budget cuts Congress is imposing. Ben Cole, the executive director of the North Mississippi Rural Legal Services, said the Tupelo office or another one in North Mississippi may have to close. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports NMRLS provides legal assistance for ...

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Major U.S. 61 improvement project underway

BOLIVAR COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) reports that reconstruction of the five-laning/median removal project on U.S. 61 in Bolivar County is underway. The project just north of the U.S. 61/Highway 446 intersection to Davis Street began today. This $5.4-million project is being performed by APAC, and is approximately 2.3 miles in length with a completion date of ...

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Officials debate economic impact of 'The Help'

GREENWOOD — The Greenwood-Leflore-Carroll Industrial Foundation estimates that the filming of the hit movie “The Help” was a big help to the Greenwood area economy. Bill Crump, the foundation’s chairman, said the film’s production in Greenwood last summer brought $13 million into the community. Crump told The Greenwood Commonwealth that evidence of the economic effect was in banks and businesses ...

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Spokesperson: Grand Gulf upgrade will give boost

CLAIBORNE COUNTY — A spokesman for Entergy Nuclear says a pending upgrade for the Grand Gulf Nuclear station will be an economic boost for Claiborne County. Dillon Allen told a Vicksburg civic club that the station normally employs about 350 people. But at its height, the upgrade will see 2,200 or more total workers there. The work is set for ...

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Miss. Building Blocks shows results

Improving kids’ socio-emotional development Mississippi Building Blocks, a private business-funded early childhood education initiative, is in its second year and showing positive results, particularly in the area of socio-emotional development. MBB randomly selected 100 licensed child care centers from 15 counties across Mississippi to participate in the program that includes teacher mentoring and scholarships, classroom materials, parent education and business ...

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MDEQ issues warning following mysterious fish kill

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is working with Pearl River County to advise residents that a precautionary water contact closure has been issued for a section of the Pearl River in Pearl River County. The section extends from Highway 26 near Poplarville south to I-59 near Nicholson. MDEQ, along with other state and federal agencies, are investigating an ...

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Stores yank beef due to possible E. coli contamination

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — At least three major grocery store chains have recalled some of their ground beef packages because they could be contaminated with E. coli bacteria. Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., Publix Super Markets Inc. and Kroger Co. announced the recalls mainly in the southeastern U.S. and said they stem from problems at the National Beef Packaging Co. of Dodge City, ...

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SBA assistance available to flood victims

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration’s federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Mississippi as a result of flooding that occurred from April 15-July 1, 2011. “When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster declaration to help ...

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Choctaws' outside auditor quits, won't say why

CHOCTAW — Price Waterhouse Coopers has quit as outside auditor for the casinos run by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The Clarion Ledger reported that the firm would not say why, citing policy on client matters. The firm’s decision came at the same time FBI agents subpoenaed records from Beasley Denson, the tribe’s chief, who has been kicking off ...

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