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Noxubee Refugee name change honors late FWS director Hamilton

President Obama signed into law Tuesday legislation to change the name of Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge in Mississippi to the Sam D. Hamilton Noxubee National Wildlife Refuge, in honor of the late director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “It is fitting that Sam’s distinguished career and extraordinary contributions to wildlife conservation – and especially the National Wildlife Refuge ...

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Low tech is still good tech…

I would, somewhat vainly perhaps, consider myself a social media savant. I was blogging on Xanga when WordPress was still in beta testing. I was on Facebook before it was cool. Way before. Twitter has finally grown on me and I’m up to about 200 Tweets since last fall. Skype has been a great way to keep up via video ...

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State looking for disaster declaration for shrimping industry

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The state will ask the U.S. Department of Commerce to issue a fisheries disaster declaration for Mississippi’s shrimp industry. Dale Diaz, director of marine fisheries for the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, tells the Mississippi Press the request would be filed within a week. The declaration is the first step in possibly gaining federal relief funds. ...

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Anheuser-Busch, distributors support change to state beer law

JACKSON — Anheuser-Busch and its independent distributors in Mississippi have joined forces with Raise Your Pints and other members of the Mississippi Malt Beverage Association to support legislation that would raise the alcohol-by-weight (ABW) limit on beer made and sold in the state from 5 to 8 percent. Mississippi currently is the only state in the country that limits ABW ...

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Peanut processor seeking state funds for plant expansion

ABERDEEN — Birdsong Corp. wants another $1 million from Mississippi to expand its peanut processing plant in Aberdeen. “We want a grant and we want the state to participate,” general manager Gerald Garland told a House Appropriations subcommittee yesterday. The Mississippi Development Authority, though, is cool to the idea. Kathy Gelston, MDA’s chief financial officer said that the proposed $2.2 ...

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EastGroup Properties sees increase in quarterly earnings

JACKSON — EastGroup Properties says profits rose in the fourth quarter as occupancy increased and expansion continued. The real estate investment trust says quarterly profit rose to $6.4 million, or 24 cents per share. That’s up 30 percent from $4.9 million, or 18 cents per share, in the same three months of 2010. Analysts polled by FactSet had predicted 23 ...

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Environmentalists question MDA's numbers on offshore drilling

GULF OF MEXICO — The Sierra Club and other members of the 12 Miles South Coalition say Mississippi is rushing toward drilling in state waters without addressing concerns about tourism, the environment or economics. The group tells The Sun Herald the Mississippi Development Authority appears to be using questionable numbers touting the economic benefits from offshore drilling for natural gas, ...

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Fillingame introduces bill similar to defeated personhood initiative

JACKSON — A Mississippi senator is proposing an anti-abortion constitutional amendment similar to one rejected by voters last November. Under the plan by Sen. Joey Fillingane, R-Sumrall, it would be the policy of Mississippi to “protect the life of every unborn child from conception to birth, to the extent permitted by the federal Constitution.” The “personhood” amendment that was rejected ...

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Senators file amicus brief challenging health care reform

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss) are among 43 Senators who have filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a multi-state legal challenge to a federal mandate that individuals must purchase health insurance. The amicus brief was filed with the Supreme Court Monday in support of a suit filed by ...

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Mayor pleads guilty to witness tampering; Pickering issues demand

WALNUT GROVE — A Mississippi mayor who also worked as a jail warden pleaded guilty yesterday to witness tampering and resigned from office after facing charges that he took a female inmate to a hotel to have sex. Grady Sims was mayor of Walnut Grove for 30 years before pleading guilty in U.S. District Court. U.S. Attorney John Dowdy and ...

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