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Senate committee approves BP oil spill bill

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — A U.S. Senate committee has approved legislation that would provide Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states with a significant share of federal fines paid by BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act of 2011 (S.1400) was today approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on a voice vote. ...

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State's casinos see 9 percent drop in winnings

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s state-licensed casinos recorded a 9 percent drop in August gambling winnings from a year ago. The 19 casinos along the Mississippi River took in $94 million from players last month, down $6.5 million from August 2010. The 11 casinos along the Gulf Coast won $90.9 million, down from $101 million a year ago. Overall, casino winnings ...

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Officials: Hospital rebounding from bankruptcy

NATCHEZ — Natchez Regional Medical Center officials say the hospital’s financial problems should be cleared up by the next fiscal year. According to the Natchez Democrat, CFO Charles Mock says the hospital will pay off its debts in compliance with bankruptcy orders. Mock talked Monday with members of the Adams County Board of Supervisors. Mock says the hospital will have ...

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Poultry workers win lawsuit against Tyson

More than 17,000 Tyson poultry workers in 41 plants in 12 states have settled a $32-million lawsuit in a 12-year struggle to get paid for work already performed, according to the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW). The UFCW initiated the suit against Tyson. Last Thursday, the United States District Court in Georgia approved the settlement. The lawsuit ...

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Oil from spill not degrading as quickly as expected

GULF OF MEXICO — Tar balls washed onto Gulf of Mexico beaches by Tropical Storm Lee earlier this month show that oil left over from last year’s BP spill is not breaking down as quickly as some scientists thought it would, university researchers said yesterday. Auburn University experts who studied tar samples at the request of coastal leaders said the ...

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Expert: Economic growth to be 'incredibly slow'

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi will have anemic economic growth this year and next, an expert told lawmakers yesterday. State economist Darrin Webb said economic conditions in the state and nation have deteriorated the past six months. The earthquake in Japan and an increase in oil prices during the spring sparked the uncertainty, and that was made worse by congressional squabbling ...

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Cancer doctor to plead not guilty to fraud

SUMMIT — A Mississippi cancer doctor is expected to plead not guilty today to charges of diluting chemotherapy drugs and using old needles on patients. Dr. Meera Sachdeva is the 50-year-old founder of Rose Cancer Clinic in Summit. She’s scheduled for arraignment today in U.S. District Court in Jackson. Sachdeva’s attorney, Robert McDuff, says she would plead not guilty. Prosecutors ...

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City wants MDOT to act on proposed road upgrades

OXFORD — City of Oxford officials want a meeting with state transportation officials to continue talks on local transit projects that appear to be in limbo. City officials contend the Mississippi Department of Transportation is delaying again the West Jackson Avenue and Mississippi 6 interchange upgrades as well as the Old Taylor Road roundabouts and new major thoroughfare on the ...

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