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NWS determines Delta city hit by EF-1 tornado

CLEVELAND — The National Weather Service has determined a tornado caused damage to homes and business in Bolivar County. Between the hours of 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. last Sunday, the weather service had received multiple reports of grounded tornados around the area. These reports came from Benoit, Boyle and the Stanton subdivision within Cleveland. The weather service tells The ...

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Fitch places student loan trusts on 'Rating Watch Negative'

JACKSON — Fitch Ratings has placed 16 U.S. student loan ABS trusts on “Rating Watch Negative.” The action includes the Mississippi Higher Education Assistance Corp.-1999 Trust Indenture and Mississippi Higher Education Assistance Corp.-2004 Indenture of Trust. In taking the actions, Fitch has cast a wide net selecting trusts that contain more than 20 percent tax-exempt auction rate securities (ARS) and ...

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New digital literacy program aimed at increasing broadband adoption

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State University Extension Service and Southern Rural Development Center will partner to begin a digital literacy program to increase broadband adoption across the state. Gov. Haley Barbour says the program will be based on the statewide broadband plan under development by the Mississippi Broadband Connect Coalition and to be released later this year. Barbour says the ...

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DTI introduces new version of computer system

RIDGELAND — Diversified Technology Inc. (DTI) has developed a variation of its portable computer system that is designed to continue full operation even with the case lid closed. The new version of the PCS-101 system is currently on display at Modern Day Marine in Quantico, Va. “The success of our existing PCS-001 Portable Computer led us to developing new ways ...

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Entergy makes economic development ranking again

NEW ORLEANS — For the fourth consecutive year, Entergy Corporation has been recognized as one of the top 10 utilities in North America for its work to support economic development in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The recognition comes in this month’s issue of Site Selection magazine. When choosing winners, the magazine considers economic development project activity; survey input from corporate ...

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'Sheen sightings' reported near BP oil spill site

GULF OF MEXICO — The Coast Guard says a series of “sheen sightings” have been reported in the area where the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last year, but BP’s capped well isn’t the suspected source of the substance. A statement issued yesterday by the Coast Guard says the sheens could have come from the ...

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Five more sentenced for healthcare insurance fraud

BRANDON — Five women have been sentenced from three to eight years in prison for helping bilk the state out of more than $500,000 in a healthcare fraud scheme. The Clarion-Ledger reports the women were sentenced in Rankin County Circuit Court by Judge John Emfinger. So far, 11 people have pleaded guilty and been sentenced. The remaining three are set ...

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State Farm has paid $5B for weather-related catastrophes

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — As a summer of wildfires, tropical storms and hurricanes followed a spring of relentless tornadoes and hail storms, State Farm Insurance paid its customers $5 billion to repair, rebuild and replace cars, homes and other property damaged by weather-related catastrophes so far this year. State Farm is the nation’s largest insurer of homes and autos, and it ...

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Board receives nominees for new president at MUW

COLUMBUS — The state College Board has received recommendations from an advisory committee on applicants for president of Mississippi University for Women. Now the five-member presidential search committee and the College Board to whittle the number down to five candidates. College Board officials have said the first round of interviews will take place in Jackson Oct. 19-21 to coincide with ...

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Senators introduce new disaster recovery bill

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.) and Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) have introduced legislation aimed at improving the nation’s capability to recover from major and catastrophic disasters by reforming the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act. The bill, which is called the Disaster Recovery Act of 2011, builds on recommendations from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the ...

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