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Jackson council likely to grant Occupiers 24/7 Smith Park permission

Occupy Jackson protesters may find the majority of Jackson City Council members receptive to giving them special permission to remain in Smith Park around the clock, thus ending the nightly migrations to the sidewalk on the west side of Congress Street. The Occupy Jackson group, entering its second month in the park, had planned to stay in the park overnight ...

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Decision 2011

MBJ-TV has compiled videos of the hottest Mississippi statewide races that will be decided today. Who wins and who loses is up to you. GOVERNOR Phil Bryant (R) vs. Johnny Dupree (D) ATTORNEY GENERAL Jim Hood (i, D) vs. Steve Simpson (R) TREASURER Lynn Fitch (R) vs. Connie Moran (D)

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West Alabama-East Mississippi Mayors' Regional Summit

Political and business leaders in Mississippi are gearing for Wednesday’s West Alabama-East Mississippi (WAEM) Mayor’s Regional Summit. The event is hosted by the WAEM Mayors Network, a group of mayors from west central Alabama and east central Mississippi who meet quarterly to discuss common issues and opportunities. The event is sponsored by The Montgomery Institute and the Walmart Foundation. The ...

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99 Percenters in Smith Park channel voice of populist Yarbrough

The young folks who have gathered in Jackson’s Smith Park every day since early October likely never heard of Ralph Webster Yarborough. They’re carrying on his work, though. The late “People’s Senator” from Chandler, Texas, left Washington as the last of a breed of public official — one who could get elected by speaking and working of behalf of just ...

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Waste Pro scraps plans to build facility in Meridian

Plans to build a recycling and solid waste transfer facility at Meridian’s South Industrial Park have been scrapped. The Meridian Star reports officials of the Waste Pro company now are looking at the possibility of building the facility at Sonny Montgomery Industrial Park instead. Waste Pro, which performs residential garbage and recycling pick-up for the city of Meridian, first announced ...

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New casino might pay for city's fire protection

Adams County officials looking for a way to pay for fire protection are discussing the possibility that the money could come from a new Natchez casino. The Adams Board of Supervisors voted Monday to enter a $566,000 contract with the City of Natchez for fire protection of residents outside the city limits. However, the city recently asked for an additional ...

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Hurricane researchers to study Katrina's 'ground zero'

WAVELAND — Researchers plan to use the hurricane experiences of residents in two Gulf Coast towns to help other communities prepare for the economic effects of disasters. Matt Fannin, associate professor with the Louisiana State University Center for Rural Studies, says the two-year study will start in early 2012 and focus on Foley, Ala., and Waveland. Researchers tell the Press-Register ...

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Company approved to run pipeline underneath city park

JACKSON — The Jackson City Council has given a Texas-based company permission to run a natural gas pipeline underneath a park. Under the deal approved Monday, Gulf South Pipeline, LP, would pay the city $150,000 for permission to drill under Parham Bridges Park in Northeast Jackson. According to The Clarion-Ledger, A.C. Jimmerson, the city director of Parks and Recreation, said ...

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Cable board members quit over Comcast agreement

HATTIESBURG — Several longtime members of the Hattiesburg Cable Advisory Board have resigned over a new franchise agreement with Comcast Cable that one board member has called a “detriment to citizens.” WDAM TV reports five of the 7 board members announced their resignations. They are chairman Ken Smith, Leon Pringle, Brown Miller, James Duncan and Jack Harris. The board members ...

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Companies want federal findings kept out of oil spill case

NEW ORLEANS — The companies involved in the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history are trying to prevent government investigations blaming them for the disaster from being used against them by the people and businesses who are suing them. Billions of dollars are potentially at stake in a trial scheduled for February to determine whether rig owner Transocean can ...

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