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Ex-road manager, wife accused of Katrina-related fraud

BAY ST. LOUIS — A former Mississippi county road manager and his wife have been indicted on two federal charges of Hurricane Katrina fraud. Roger Ladner was road manager for Hancock County, home to quiet little beach towns like Bay. St. Louis and Waveland, and some of the hardest hit areas from the 2005 storm. Ladner and his wife, Sharon, ...

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Chevron announces spending plan for 2012

PASCAGOULA — Chevron Corporation has unveiled a $32.7-billion capital and exploratory spending program for 2012. Total investments for 2011 are estimated at $33 billion, reflecting approximately $28 billion in capital and exploratory expenditures and $4.5 billion for the acquisition of Atlas Energy Inc., which closed earlier in the year. Capital spending of $3.6 billion in 2012 is budgeted for downstream ...

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HOPE approved as first Community Advantage lender

JACKSON — The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Hope Enterprise Corporation (HOPE) as its first lender in the Community Advantage Loan program in Mississippi. HOPE CEO Bill Bynum said, “For small, rural and minority entrepreneurs, financing can be the most elusive resource. With the Community Advantage program, we can help even more companies stabilize, grow and contribute to ...

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Owners of two historic tourist attractions file bankruptcy

NATCHEZ — An historic mansion and a tavern that has operate for decades in downtown Natchez have filed for bankruptcy protection from foreclosure. The Natchez Democrat reports both Monmouth Plantation and King’s Tavern remain open. Monmouth co-owner Ron Riches says the business filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week to avoid the foreclosure scheduled for this week. The Monmouth Plantation offers ...

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Aldermen rethinking proposed farmers market

OXFORD — The city of Oxford will take a second look at locating at farmers’ market next to the Park Commission’s Community Garden. The Oxford Eagle reports the board of aldermen agreed this week to put the new farmers’ market project on hold until at least next spring. A grant for $61,258 was awarded to Oxford from the U.S. Department ...

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NORTHWAY COLUMN: Things getting frosty in Southaven

Today, there is a warning on the Mississippi Department of Transportation’s website about icy accumulation in North Mississippi. It is for the I-55 bridge over the Coldwater River in DeSoto County. However, it would appear that the really slick ice in DeSoto County is at the Southaven Mayor’s Office. >> SEE RELATED STORY FROM THE MBJ The Associated Press is ...

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Burnham to propose new law for failing school districts

JACKSON — Mississippi State Superintendent Tom Burnham said yesterday he would propose a law to allow the state to either forcibly merge or require new elections in failing school districts, because the current reform system does not work. “We will bring forward legislation this year to end conservatorship,” Burnham said at an orientation for newly elected state lawmakers. In conservatorship, ...

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Will UAW target Nissan?

CANTON — Top officials of the United Auto Workers have decided for now against targeting a single company in its effort to sign up workers at U.S. factories owned by foreign automakers. UAW president Bob King told The Associated Press in an interview yesterday that the union’s executive board won’t make any decision until it sees how the automakers react ...

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Hospital trims staff's hours in budget-cutting move

MERIDIAN — A Meridian hospital has reduced hours for its staff in what is described as a budgetary move. Anderson Hospital CEO Ray Humphreys tells WTOK-TV hours have been trimmed from 40 per week to 36. He says it covers everyone except those in jobs considered critical. Humphreys says the hospital has experienced a $1.4 million reduction in Medicaid reimbursement ...

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Officials want better price for 'windfall' silver

OXFORD — The city of Oxford and Lafayette County will look for better prices on 42 bars of silver that were discovered this past summer in a safety deposit box. Officials told the Oxford Eagle this week’s bids were too low. The 42 bars of 100 ounces each and a couple of smaller pieces were found in a safety deposit ...

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