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Oystermen await scientists' post-oil spill findings

GULF OF MEXICO — Louisiana may delay the start of the oyster season on most public seed grounds while scientists collect oysters and sediment to check for any damage from last year’s BP PLC oil spill. National Resource Damage Assessment teams will begin next week to look for information including how big, fat and thick on the waterbottoms the oysters ...

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Hancock Bank buys anti-money laundering solution

GULFPORT — Hancock Bank is implementing NICE Actimize’s anti-money laundering, fraud prevention and enterprise risk case management solutions. The bank decided upon a single-vendor selection to “future proof” its technology roadmap during a period of rapid growth for the bank. Hancock Bank’s deployment of NICE Actimize’s solutions will address online ACH (Automated Clearing House) and wire fraud issues, working to stop ...

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City leaders approve funding for Ohr-O'Keefe museum

BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council has voted 6-1 to support the Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art. Mayor A.J. Holloway said after yesterday’s vote he would not veto the Ohr funding. The Sun Herald reports the council approved paying the minimum insurance on the city-owned buildings, covering half of the monthly utility bill up to $4,500 and providing maintenance at the ...

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Inc. magazine features Peavey in 'How I Did It'

MERIDIAN — Inc. magazine has profile the global success story of music and audio innovator Hartley Peavey in its latest installment of “How I Did It,” a feature series told by the people who live the real stories of America’s biggest successes. Peavey is the founder, CEO and sole owner of Peavey Electronics Corporation, one of the world’s largest manufacturers ...

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SBA assistance offered to drought-ravaged counties

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — U.S. Small Business Administration 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 George, Greene and Jackson counties in Mississippi as a result of the drought that began April 1. Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan ...

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Polymer Institute-MEP.ms partnership touts results

HATTIESBURG and JACKSON — According to the Mississippi Polymer Institute and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Mississippi (MEP.ms), their new partnership is already paying dividends for manufacturing companies in this state. MEP.ms announced recently that during the fourth quarter of 2010 and the first quarter of 2011, the Mississippi Polymer Institute provided technical assistance to five Mississippi-based manufacturing companies yielding ...

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Mabus: Biofuel research crucial to U.S. Navy

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University biofuel research can help the Navy achieve national security goals by providing domestic energy from non-fossil fuels, according to Secretary of the Navy and former Mississippi governor Ray Mabus. Mabus addressed the university’s annual biofuels conference to discuss his vision for biofuels assisting with strengthening national security. “We simply buy too many fossil fuels from ...

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Ex-NFL player pleads guilty to business scam

JACKSON — A former National Football League player and Mississippi businessman has admitted to using investors’ money for a planned resort area in China and to buy himself a luxury van, a boat and other items. The Clarion-Ledger reports 48-year-old Jeffrey L. Walker, formerly of Madison, pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court to wire fraud and tax evasion. Last ...

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Sod farmers shaken by economy, weather

For the state’s sod growers, 2010 was a year to forget. Rocked by low demand due to the lack of new construction as well as adverse weather patterns, the industry saw many producers forced out of business, and those that survived struggled to remain a going concern. Unfortunately, producers will hold no fond memories of 2011, either, and for the ...

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Hay fever

The drought in Texas has left pastures brown and cattlemen and horse owners in a hay-buying frenzy to feed their hungry animals. Now, local horse owners are worried that there will not be enough hay to get through the upcoming winter. Stephanie Billingsley of Mississippihorses.org said, “We are afraid that by mid-winter our regular hay suppliers will be out of ...

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