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RETIREMENT VERDICT — Study panel says report is prescription for sustaining state public workers’ retirement

The strategy is to structure benefits consistent with a  policy that encourages workers to stay on the job until age 62 “All the cards are on the table face up.” So went the pronouncement of Gov. Haley Barbour last week in detailing a 40-page report that calls for saving over $100 million annually in taxpayer contributions to the Public Employees ...

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Man pleads guilty to role in contraband tobacco scam

TUPELO — A South Carolina man is the latest person to plead guilty to federal charges related to a scheme to avoid paying taxes on thousands of packs of cigarettes. Fred Brackett of Lancaster pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court. The indictment in the case says Bracket bought more than 188,000 cartons of cigarettes and dodged taxes in a ...

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Bomgar Corporation earns certification, accreditation

JACKSON — Bomgar Corporation has been awarded a Level 2 Federal Information Processing Standards Publications (FIPS) 140-2 Validation: Security Requirements for Cryptographic Modules for its B200, B300 and B400 appliances and version 10.6.2 software. FIPS 140-2 validation is a requirement for any cryptographic product, which will be used in a U.S. government agency network. According to Bomgar, it is the ...

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Forecaster delays release of hurricane prediction

GULF OF MEXICO — Hurricane forecaster William Gray will wait until spring to predict how many storms will form in the Atlantic. Gray and his research partner at Colorado State University, Philip Klotzbach, usually start making predictions in December but this month, for the first time in 20 years, they’re holding off on forecasting the number of named storms, including ...

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MDOT cuts ribbon on two major road projects

SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) District Six marked the completion of two major projects spanning Wayne, George and Greene counties in a ribbon-cutting held today. The four-lane construction of 25 miles of roadway on Highway 63 and Highway 57 in George and Greene counties is now completed. This provides a north-south four-lane corridor through Mississippi from ...

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Ex-justice court clerk arraigned on extortion charge

WILKINSON COUNTY — A former justice court clerk in Wilkinson County is facing extortion charges related to her official duties, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. Wanda Fountain, 54, of Woodville was arraigned before Judge Lilly Blackmon Sanders on one count of extortion. Fountain is accused of taking a payoff from an undercover MBI agent to fix tickets. “This case is ...

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Justices: Kemper County coal plant case is not about coal

>> KEMPER COUNTY CLEAN COAL PLANT HEARD BEFORE STATE SUPREME COURT JACKSON — Three Mississippi Supreme Court justices say that so far, they can’t find the evidence that state regulators used to justify their decision to allow Mississippi Power Company to build a $2.4 billion clean coal plant under construction in Kemper County. If the high court rules that the ...

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PEER conducts review of Medicaid cost-control

JACKSON — During its 2009 Second Extraordinary Session, the Mississippi Legislature passed House Bill 71 (now codified as MISS. CODE ANN. Section 43-13-117 [1972]), which contained several provisions designed to control Medicaid costs, including a provision authorizing the Division of Medicaid (DOM) to implement a managed care program on or after January 1, 2010. The bill included a mandate for ...

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OMNOVA to end manufacturing operations in Columbus

COLUMBUS — OMNOVA Solutions of Fairlawn, Ohio, has sold certain assets of its North American commercial wallcovering business to J. Josephson Inc., a private commercial wallcovering producer based in New Jersey. The sale includes printing cylinders, certain equipment, trademarks, contracts and other assets associated with OMNOVA’s domestically-produced commercial wallcovering brands. The sale excludes OMNOVA’s Columbus manufacturing facility.  OMNOVA’s Under the ...

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