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Scientists concerned over post-Lee flooding

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The National Weather Service has warned Central and South Mississippi residents to keep a close eye on river flooding, especially along the Pearl River Basin, in the wake of Tropical Storm Lee. Forecasters issued a series of flood warnings covering areas running from north of Jackson to the Gulf Coast and into next week. Marty Pope, senior ...

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LeTourneau assets sold for second time this year

VICKSBURG — Joy Global Inc. has agreed to sell the drilling products business of LeTourneau to Cameron International Corp. for $375 million in cash. The deal includes the operation in Vicksburg. LeTourneau’s drilling products business makes oil rig components and equipment. The Vicksburg Post reports Joy Global, a mining services company, will retain a LeTourneau facility in Longview, Texas. In ...

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Delta bringing new fleet of jets to airport

TUPELO — Delta Airlines has brought a new fleet of planes to provide service from Tupelo to Memphis. The 50-seat regional jets are replacing the Saab twin turbo prop that seated only 35 people. Delta expects the jet to save more money with regional flights like those from Tupelo along with maintenance costs. Delta provides 15 flights per week from ...

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Ole Miss renovating former Walmart building

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi will spend $3.2 million to renovate space in the old Walmart building in Oxford. The Oxford Eagle reports the makeover to the space that used to house Walmart in the Oxford Mall will begin in October. Ole Miss officials say the public bid process will begin Sept. 9 and construction is scheduled to start ...

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Lee leaves path of destruction, one dead

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has received a report of one death related to Tropical Depression Lee as well as numerous reports of damages and flooding across the state. Officials in Tishomingo County say one person drowned after the vehicle they were traveling in was swept away while attempting to cross a flooded road. Two other people ...

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Choctaws anticipate increased profits from Pearl River Resort

CHOCTAW — Pending final approval by the Choctaw Tribal Council, Pearl River Resort and Casino’s new budget anticipates net profits will increase from a projected $83.3 million to $100.4 million next fiscal year. 
The FY 2012 budget, which was just recently approved by the Pearl River Resort Board, will be presented to the full Tribal Council for adoption this week. ...

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All universities, except Valley, show enrollment increase

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Preliminary fall 2011 enrollment figures at Mississippi’s eight public universities show an increase of almost 4,000 students, or 5.2 percent, from fall 2010 numbers. System-wide enrollment has increased annually since 1994. This year’s increase is the largest single-year increase in enrollment. Alcorn State University, Mississippi State University, University of Southern Mississippi, University of Mississippi and Jackson State ...

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Rogers resigns after 18 years as Parkway president

JACKSON — Steven G. Rogers has resigned as president, CEO and director of Parkway Properties Inc. effective Dec. 31, 2011. Rogers will continue in his current roles until year’s end, and during this period will transition his leadership responsibilities to James R. Heistand, current executive chairman. Heistand will become acting CEO effective January 1, 2012. Rogers said, “It was with ...

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Mega-merger: Watkins Ludlum combining with New Orleans firm

In one the biggest merger and acquisition announcements in the state’s legal community in recent years, Jackson-based Watkins Ludlam Winter & Stennis, P.A., one of Mississippi’s largest law firms, is combining with Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre, LLP, of New Orleans. The two firms, which announced the merger last week, expect the transaction to be finalized on or ...

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