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BP denies city's oil spill damages claim, officials promise fight

GULFPORT — BP has told the city of Gulfport it has no documents to support a claim for $11.8 million in compensation for community damages from the Deepwater Horizon oil-rig explosion and spill. Specifically, the Sun Herald reports BP says the city failed to document any sales or property tax losses from the oil spill through the height of the ...

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Casinos won more money from gamblers in December

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi casinos won more money from gamblers in December, the only month in 2011 that gaming revenues were higher than in 2010. For the year, gamblers lost $2.24 billion in the state’s casinos, down 6.3 percent from 2010 and the lowest amount since 1998. The take at Gulf Coast casinos dropped only marginally, but winnings at river ...

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Nearly 100 water associations miss PSC's reporting deadline

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley says 92 water associations in North Mississippi have failed to meet a Jan. 18 deadline for submitting a copy of their corporate by-laws to the PSC. Presley gave the 92 associations until Jan. 27 at 5 p.m. to submit by-laws or face subpoenas for records. Presley’s office has been collecting ...

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Home sales, prices up on Coast compared to 2010

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Mississippi Gulf Coast home sales finished 2011 on an upswing, with average sales prices up $8,000 in December and more homes sold than at the end of 2010. The Mississippi Gulf Multiple Listing Service report showed the average sales price of a home in South Mississippi was $124,694 in December. That was $2,000 below the average ...

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Construction mistakes halt TVA's nuclear reactor project

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Mistakes by construction workers at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar reactor project have idled about 1,000 workers temporarily for a safety talk. TVA ordered the unpaid safety work stoppage at the reactor project between Chattanooga and Knoxville in response to finding cables being erroneously removed from the plant’s operating Unit 1 reactor in December and discovering ...

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Startup Weekend for entrepreneurs coming to Jackson

Startup Weekend Jackson to be held Feb. 10-12 at Millsaps College Startup Weekend is an intense 54-hour, high-energy event powered by the Kauffman Foundation that operates worldwide and brings together like-minded entrepreneurs for a weekend of company creation. As a nonprofit program, it is designed to build entrepreneurial communities and promote collaboration among entrepreneurs, programmers, developers, graphic artists and business-minded ...

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"The Help" Earns Oscar Nod

The 84th Academy Awards on ABC can count on a likely higher viewing audience from the Magnolia State this year. Oscar’s 2012 picks for Best Picture include  “The Help”, a film based on the New York Times bestseller by Jackson native Kathryn Stockett. The story of black and white women growing up in 1960’s Mississippi was adapted for the big ...

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Smith named president of Daniel Coker

Roy A. Smith Jr. still remembers vividly when he first walked into the law firm of Daniel Coker Horton & Bell, P.A. as a prospective new-hire in 1982. He was fresh out of law school, where he served as student body president. With that on his résumé, it should come as little surprise that other firms were interested in his ...

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USM polymer department luring more businesses to Hattiesburg area

Some new products developed in Hattiesburg sound like science fiction: Plastic composite materials that are lighter and tougher that steel, a lotion that neutralizes chemical warfare agents, a rehydration solution that helps identify finger prints from the deceased, and a makeup that can protect soldier from burns from road side bombs. But they’re all real. The technology industry in and ...

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Green delays decision on invalidating Barbour's pardons

JACKSON — A Mississippi judge yesterday delayed a decision on whether to invalidate some pardons, including those of convicted killers, issued by Haley Barbour in his final days as governor. The office of Attorney General Jim Hood said it had been deluged with motions and documents from lawyers representing current and former inmates and that it needed more time to ...

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