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Georgia recruiting ag states to help improve guest worker program

Georgia wants agricultural states such as Mississippi to join in pushing Congress to enact a modern guest-worker program that works for all farmers, not just some. “We need to work with other states to get the word out,” said Georgia Agricultural Commissioner Gary Black during a stop in Macon last week on the annual Georgia Ag Forecast road show. But ...

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Toyota starts second shift making the Corolla in Blue Springs

BLUE SPRINGS — Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi Inc. has started a second shift at the plant in Blue Springs. The second shift began Monday as Toyota ramps up production at the plant that opened last fall. The plant is manufacturing the Corolla and has a maximum production capacity of 150,000 cars each year. It has about 2,000 employees. David Copenhaver, ...

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Rep. Kevin McGee fined $50K, ordered to repay state $346,554

JACKSON — A Rankin County lawmaker has been ordered by the state Ethics Commission to repay the state $346,554 from public printing contracts that went to his family business. State Rep. Kevin McGee was also fined $50,000 for the dealings. McGee, a Republican from Brandon, owns — along with family members — Service Printers of Flowood. State law prohibits legislators ...

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Clay County buys port property

WEST POINT — Clay County has taken ownership of much of the Port of Clay on the Tombigbee River. Former Clay County Chancery Clerk Robbie Robinson says that since 1984 the county has been leasing the land in five year increments. The final lease installment will end in October of 2015. As the final lease date approached, the board of ...

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Sampling to begin at wells near old Hercules plant

HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says it expects the owners of the old Hercules plant to begin checking water this month at eight private wells near the plant. Officials say that Ashland Inc., which now owns the site, will need permission from property owners to sample the wells. Tests found contamination after the plant shut down in ...

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Hurricane Bowl: Long Beach team tops in 5 states

OCEAN SPRINGS — Long Beach High School students will compete for a national title in ocean science knowledge after beating 21 other teams from five states. Mississippi teams took four of the top five places out of 22 teams from Alabama, the Florida Panhandle, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Officials said it was the biggest group of Hurricane Bowl contestants since ...

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Hinds Community College appeals ex-prof suit

JACKSON — A federal appeals court has scheduled arguments on Hinds Community College’s appeal of a workplace retaliation case. In 2010, the school was ordered to pay a former professor $345,020 after a federal jury found she had been the victim of workplace retaliation. The 5th U.S. Circuit of Appeals has scheduled arguments in the case for March 6 at ...

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Mississippi science standards get C

HATTIESBURG — An educational research institute gives Mississippi a grade of C for what it describes as mediocre standards for teaching science in public schools. But state associate superintendent Trecina Green tells The Hattiesburg American it’s a tremendous improvement from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s last report. In 2005, Mississippi got an F from the Washington-based group. Green says only ...

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Diamondhead becomes a city

DIAMONDHEAD — Diamondhead officially becomes a city today when state officials present a charter to the prospective government. The Sun Herald reports the move comes after five years of legal wrangling over incorporation — a hotly contested case that opponents took all the way to the Mississippi Supreme Court, which upheld the incorporation in a decision last month. The mayor ...

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Clinic chooses Epic's EMR/practice management system

HATTIESBURG — Epic, an integrated electronic medical record (EMR) and practice management system, has gone live across Hattiesburg Clinic’s network of locations and providers, changing the technology of the practice. Since then, patients who have visited Hattiesburg Clinic have experienced a different kind of appointment where they have left the office more informed and with increased access to their health ...

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