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Barbour defends proposed offshore drilling regs

JACKSON — Allowing oil and gas drilling 10 to 12 miles south of Mississippi’s coastline in the Gulf of Mexico is a good idea because it could generate state revenue, Gov. Haley Barbour said Tuesday. The Mississippi Development Authority on Monday published proposed regulations to lease state waters in the Gulf for the drilling. The regulations are open for public ...

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Barbour budget proposes education consolidation

Republican Gov. Haley Barbour calls for reducing the number of school districts and merging some universities, reviving many of his past recommendations in his final Mississippi budget proposal. He also suggests spending the $97.4 million remaining in a health care trust fund that was created before he took office. Barbour released his nearly $5.5 billion budget Tuesday. His second term ...

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City identifies more than 50 blighted properties

BILOXI — A landmark hotel and a former high-rise senior apartment complex are among more than 50 structures the city of Biloxi is ordering to be either repaired or knocked down. All are still damaged and vacant more than six years after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in August 2005. A new state law gave allows Biloxi’s City Council ...

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Coalition makes recommendations for promoting broadband usage

JACKSON — The Mississippi Broadband Connect Coalition has issued recommendations for improving access to high-speed Internet and encouraging digital literacy. These recommendations are the culmination of almost a year of study and meetings by stakeholders from the public and private sectors. The Coalition also is partnering with the newly created Connect to Compete, a national private-nonprofit partnership led by One ...

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Sanderson Farms records loss despite increased sales

LAUREL — Sanderson Farms Inc. reported net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 were $559.8 million, compared with $529.1 million for the same period a year ago. For the quarter, the poultry company reported a net loss of $21.6 million, or $0.97 per share, compared with net income of $47.8 million, or $2.08 per share, for the fourth quarter ...

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Magazine ranks USM first in chemical R&D, expenditures

HATTIESBURG — No other Mississippi university receives more federal funding for chemical research and development or spends more on those initiatives than the University of Southern Mississippi, according to a report published by Chemical & Engineering News. The study included data provided by the National Science Foundation, comparing figures between 1999 and 2009. The latest figures show that Southern Miss ...

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Study participants alerted to stolen UMMC laptop

JACKSON — Officials are warning about 1,500 participants in health studies that a laptop containing some personal information was stolen. The computer, assigned to a University of Mississippi Medical Center faculty member, was stolen Oct. 31 from a Jackson clinic after it was left unsecured. Records of one study, with 1,400 patients, include age, sex, race, ZIP code and lab ...

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Judges' redistricting plan reduces number of split counties

JACKSON — Federal judges yesterday released a plan to update Mississippi’s four congressional districts, which decreases the number of split counties from eight to four, the secretary of state said. The judges say their plan preserves to core constituencies of each district. “Notwithstanding the movement or potential movement of 146,000 persons, we made as few changes to the current districts ...

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Barbour to release state budget proposal today

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour today is releasing his state spending plan for the coming budget year. The Republican leaves office when his second term ends Jan. 10, nearly six months before fiscal 2013 begins on July 1. He will make recommendations that new lawmakers and incoming Republican Gov. Phil Bryant can use as they decide how to spend ...

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Mystery calls could mean Palazzo will face challenger

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Phone calls relaying negative information about Republican Steven Palazzo could indicate a challenger is gearing up to run against the freshman congressman from south Mississippi. No one has announced a run against Palazzo. Congressional candidates qualify Jan. 2 to Jan. 13. The Mississippi Press reports Palazzo was recently the subject of a push poll, with leading ...

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