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Shell says oil slick is not coming from its Gulf operations

GULF OF MEXICO — Royal Dutch Shell says it is confident a 10-mile oil sheen spotted in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast did not originate from its operations in the area. In a statement today, the company says it found no sign of leaks and ruled out any well-control issues associated with its operations. The sheen was ...

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MDAC: Businesses 'overwhelmingly support' online pesticide registration

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce (MDAC) introduced the Pesticide Products Registration Online System in 2011 to overwhelming support from businesses nationwide, according to MDAC. In its first year of operation as a pilot system, over 80 percent of businesses took advantage of the online application as a way to register pesticides for sale or distribution in ...

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Main Street to unveil new look, plan for Coast business district

LONG BEACH — Members of the Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) Economic Development Resource Team will reveal a new look and plans for the central business district of Long Beach April 16. The public presentation will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park Campus in the Fleming Education Center, Room 201. “Mississippi Main Street ...

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Another university chooses Bomgar's remote IT support solution

JACKSON — Gonzaga University has selected Bomgar’s remote support solution to support students and faculty worldwide. Gonzaga boasts more than 105 buildings on a 131-acre campus in Spokane, Wash. More than 7,800 students are enrolled at the private liberal arts university, with 40 percent studying abroad at some point during their educational career. “We have a campus in Florence, Italy, ...

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Nineteen nursing homes make publication's 'best' list

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Many nursing homes in Mississippi have been recognized as the “Best Nursing Homes in 2012” by U.S. News & World Report magazine, according to the Mississippi Health Care Association (MHCA). In the magazine’s “Best Nursing Homes in 2012” report, the following MHCA member facilities in Mississippi were recognized as having the highest five-star rating from the federal ...

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Late alumna Sciacca endows scholarship at UM School of Pharmacy

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy is offering a new scholarship thanks to the generosity of the late Madeline O. Sciacca of Slidell, La., who remembered her alma mater in her will. Sciacca, who obtained her pharmacy degree from UM in 1953, left $400,000 to the Ole Miss School of Pharmacy to create the Madeline Occhipinti Sciacca ...

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Song by Legendary Mavis Staples takes shots at Tea Party, 'birthers' at MEC annual meeting

Mississippi blues singer Mavis Staples mixed her music and strong political opinions into a song that directed her disappointment at people “who disrespect our president” by saying he’s not from here. Then she talked about people who are mixing up the Kool Aid but it’s coming out tea. Whatever party they’re having, she has not been invited to, the singer ...

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Innovative business ideas to take stage at Tech Alliance’s Venture Challenge

The Mississippi Technology Alliance (MTA) will present the Fifth Annual Mississippi New Venture Challenge May 22 at the Jackson Convention Complex. The New Venture Challenge is a business plan competition that provides an opportunity for aspiring innovators and technology entrepreneurs to pitch their business plan in a rapid-fire format to a panel of angel investors and also be paired with ...

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Senate revives charter school bill; sets up showdown in House

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate revived charter school legislation yesterday, giving new life to a cornerstone of Republican leaders’ agenda. The move sets up a showdown in the House, which has been closely divided on broadening Mississippi’s provisions allowing alternative public schools. An earlier bill was voted down in a House committee. Senators amended House Bill 1152 yesterday, voting 31-19 ...

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