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Justice Department wants more information on proposed redistricting

NATCHEZ — The U.S. Department of Justice has requested additional information from the city of Natchez about its redistricting plan. The request that could delay the upcoming Natchez Board of Aldermen elections, according to The Natchez Democrat. Natchez City Attorney Everett Sanders said the department requested the information last Tuesday, which was the last of the 60 days the department ...

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Coast tourism groups working on agreement for regional organization

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Leaders of various tourism-related interests on the Mississippi Gulf Coast say they are making progress toward an agreement on a single regional tourism marketing organization. No formal agreement was reached during a meeting last Friday in Biloxi as tourism leaders considered various proposals to create a regional “Destination Marketing Organization” for three Gulf counties. But the ...

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New prison is expected to provide economic boost for region

YAZOO CITY — Federal officials have proposed spending $28.4 million next year to run a high-security federal prison in Yazoo City. Local and congressional officials hope the prison will boost the region’s economy. Federal justice officials tell The Clarion-Ledger construction of the 1,216-bed facility is nearly complete. They say it should be ready to open early next year. Low- and ...

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Deer disease in Missouri gives Legislature more to consider

JACKSON — Missouri is the 15th state with confirmed cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in wild cervid populations. Wildlife officials there say tests found two white-tailed bucks killed by deer hunters in Macon County, Mo., in November tested positive for the deadly disease. They were discovered by Missouri’s Department of Conservation after it began testing tissue samples collected from ...

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Settlement talks delay BP oil spill trial

NEW ORLEANS — A judge has delayed the federal trial over the nation’s worst offshore oil disaster by a week, saying yesterday BP PLC was making some progress in settlement talks with a committee overseeing scores of lawsuits, according to people close to the case. Two people close to the case told The Associated Press that the decision was made ...

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Trial set for Canton's lawsuit against Nissan plant

CANTON — The city of Canton’s lawsuit against Nissan North American for the right to annex the nearby vehicle production plant is scheduled for trial in August. Canton officials say legislation approved in 2000 that prohibits the city from annexing the plant for 30 years without the automaker’s written consent violates the equal protection clauses of the U.S. and state ...

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After more than a decade, federal judge schedules Frankel trial

JACKSON — More than a decade after it was filed, a federal judge in Mississippi has set a tentative trial date in a lawsuit stemming from scams run by a notorious financier who looted $200 million from insurance companies and created a charity that claimed to have Vatican connections to further his scheme and cover his tracks. Former Mississippi Insurance ...

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Ingalls could lose two cutters to federal budget cuts

PASCAGOULA — The U.S. Coast Guard will not get the last two of eight planned national security cutters, under President Barack Obama’s 2013 budget request. The two cutters were not included in the Coast Guard’s five-year capital investment plan, The Mississippi Press reported. The capital investment plan outlines acquisition priorities under the limits set by the Budget Control Act of ...

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Delta city still hoping for peanut-shelling plant

GREENWOOD — Although an Oklahoma peanut processor says it has no solid plans for a shelling plant outside its home state, Greenwood’s economic development leaders believe one eventually will come to their city. “We are confident that when the details are worked out for the peanut shelling plant and the additional jobs that will come, Greenwood-Leflore County will be the ...

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Developer pays state $3.3M for former School for the Blind

JACKSON — A private developer is paying Mississippi $3.3 million to buy state land that used to be home to the School for the Blind. The 21-acre site faces an Interstate 55 frontage road in northeast Jackson, next to the current schools for the blind and deaf. Gov. Phil Bryant’s office says the land was purchased by District Land Development ...

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