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Hood wants documents on failed beef plant

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has asked a federal court to turn over grand jury records from the U.S. government’s investigation into the now-defunct beef plant as he prepares for a civil lawsuit. The beef plant opened in Oakland in August 2004 but lasted less than three months. In January 2005, the operator defaulted on a $21-million loan ...

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Local workers suing Howard Industries for hiring illegals

LAUREL — A Mississippi company that pleaded guilty to conspiracy related to the nation’s largest workplace raid on illegal immigrants is now facing a second lawsuit accusing it of discriminating against non-immigrants who applied for jobs. In February, a discrimination lawsuit was filed in federal court against Howard Industries on behalf of four black women claims the company gave preferential ...

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Scrap metal thieves stealing bridge supports

CHICKASAW COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is seeking assistance from the public with any information concerning the removal of steel support “H” pilings from state and local bridges in Chickasaw County. The pilings provide support for the bridges.  The removal of any piling puts the motoring public at risk. It is vital that all piling remain in ...

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Seasonal flu shots available statewide at county clinics

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Seasonal flu shots are now available at all Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) county clinics. The seasonal flu vaccine is recommended for anyone age six months and older. “The flu shot is your best protection against the flu,” said MSDH acting state epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers. “Seasonal flu usually peaks in January through March in Mississippi, ...

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Lawmaker considering subpoena of Schloegel

JACKSON — A top Mississippi lawmaker says budget writers deserve to hear directly from the leader of a governor’s commission that’s studying the Public Employees Retirement System. House Banking Committee Chairman George Flaggs, D-Vicksburg, says he’s considering issuing a subpoena for Gulfport Mayor George Schloegel, the man appointed by Republican Gov. Haley Barbour to study PERS. Flaggs said he wants ...

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Posey: EPA's revisions don't go far enough

JACKSON — A Mississippi utility regulator has asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider and put on hold air pollution restrictions that were recently revised. Lynn Posey, chairman of the Public Service Commission, said in a letter to the EPA that while its decision this week to ease the restrictions was welcome, the revisions don’t go far enough. Posey ...

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City to recoup abandoned Georgia-Pacific plant

GLOSTER — Gloster Mayor Billy Johnson says his city will take back the old Georgia-Pacific plywood plant once workers finish cutting up and removing scrap metal. The mill closed in 2002, leaving 300 people without jobs. It reopened in 2005 and closed again in 2009, this time for good. Johnson tells the Enterprise-Journal the town owns the 279,000-square foot building ...

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Jurors will not hear ex-Virginia College students' case

JACKSON — A judge has ruled that 14 former nursing students at for-profit Virginia College in Jackson will not get their lawsuit against the school heard by a jury. Hinds County Circuit Judge Jeff Weill ruled that the grievance falls under an enrollment agreement and must be settled by a third party. Attorneys for the students have said the agreement ...

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