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DuPree makes history, wins Democratic nomination for Mississippi governor

He is the first black candidate to win a major-party nod for the state’s top job JACKSON — Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree has won the Democratic nomination for Mississippi governor, becoming the first black candidate to win major-party nod for the state’s top job. DuPree defeated Clarksdale attorney and developer Bill Luckett in Tuesday’s Democratic primary runoff. He advances to ...

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Tupelo’s Renasant adds Tuscaloosa to bank expansion roster

Alabama has growing appeal for Renasant Bank, as the Tupelo-based regional bank followed last year’s expansion into Birmingham with entry into the Tuscaloosa market this week. Renasant’s temporary location will be in the “Fitts” building at 1806 6th St. in downtown Tuscaloosa. Tuscaloosa marks Renasant’s ninth expansion over the past 12 months. Tuscaloosa adds to Renasant’s current Alabama footprint of ...

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Casket company opens another fitness center

BATESVILLE — Batesville Casket Company has opened a health and wellness center that will offer free medical care to employees and their families who participate in the company’s health plan. Company president Kim Dennis tells The Panolian that the Hillenbrand Health and Wellness Center is the second to be opened by the company. One was built earlier for employees at ...

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Authorities investigating dozens of wildfires

MERIDIAN — Authorities are trying to determine what caused dozens of grass and brush fires this week in and around Meridian. Firefighters fought the fires yesterday afternoon. Smoke was heavy at times and a Meridian Police Department unit and a Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department deputy were called to the areas for traffic control. The Meridian Star reported that authorities did ...

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Supervisors approve major harbor improvements

OCEAN SPRINGS — The county-owned Ocean Springs Harbor is about to get a $3.5-million structural makeover that also will include quaint street lights, landscaping, a wide sidewalk and aesthetics that city leaders requested. The Sun Herald reports funding for the project will come to Jackson County from FEMA for repairing Katrina damage at the harbor and from leftover repair money ...

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BP fund pays $5B-plus, but only $387M to Mississippi

GULF COAST — The administrator of the fund BP set up to compensate victims of last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico says the fund has paid more than $5 billion in claims. Kenneth Feinberg made the announcement today in a summary of payouts from the $20-billion fund. Feinberg said in a news release that the Gulf Coast ...

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Hollywood Gets Help From Jackson

Brent’s Drugs, a Fondren diner that started out as a pharmacy and soda fountain in 1946, is causing quite the local buzz with its several appearances in the box office hit movie “The Help” from Dreamsworks Entertainment. The movie, based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Jackson native Kathryn Stockett, tells the story of hate and forgiveness from ...

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Grand Casino founder to lead Margaritaville

BILOXI — Gaming veteran Thomas Brosig has been named president and CEO of Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Casino. Karen Sock was announced as general manager and chief operating officer. The announcements were made yesterday. The Margaritaville casino resort is under construction in East Biloxi and is scheduled to open next summer. Brosig was co-founder of Grand Casinos Inc. with Lyle Berman. ...

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Supervisors to apply for loan for new hospital

PHILADELPHIA — Neshoba County supervisors have agreed to apply for a $4-million loan to help finance the construction of a new hospital. Officials tell The Neshoba Democrat that the hospital will pledge revenue and assets to ensure the repayment of the loan. Construction is expected to begin by Thanksgiving on the $19-million hospital project, which will be completed in two ...

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Health Department reports another West Nile virus case

HINDS COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports one new human case of West Nile virus in Hinds County, bringing the state’s total to 15 for 2011. So far this year, cases have been reported in Coahoma, Forrest (two), Hinds (three), Jones (three), Pearl River (four), Tallahatchie, and Wayne counties. A previously reported Marion County case was ...

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