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Dry spring puts Mississippi rice producers ahead of schedule

Dry conditions have allowed Mississippi rice producers to plant earlier this year than in previous years. Nathan Buehring, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said an absence of heavy spring rains put the state’s producers well ahead of schedule. About 80 to 85 percent of the state’s rice was planted by mid-April. Planting dates for the lower ...

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Alabama regaining jobs more quickly than Georgia or Mississippi

Alabama still has some worrisome jobless numbers in many of its counties but its overall unemployment of 7.3 percent for March should make it the envy of the two states that it is sandwiched between — Georgia (9 percent unemployment for March) and Mississippi (9.5 percent unemployment for February). Though Georgia and Mississippi both have some distance to go to ...

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Frallic retiring as Gulfport-Biloxi airport head

GULFPORT — Bruce Frallic, who has served as executive director of Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport for the last 26 years, will retire in August Travis Lott, chairman of the Airport Authority made the announcement Wednesday. Frallic guided the airport through the advent of the casino industry in South Mississippi, the downturn in travel after 9/11, the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and ...

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Entergy expecting 1Q loss

NEW ORLEANS — Utility holding company Entergy Corp. said Thursday that it expects to post a first-quarter loss because of a financial impairment one of its nuclear plants and expenses from its proposed spinoff of its electric transmission business. The company also lowered its profit guidance for 2012 because of the non-cash write-off and warm winter weather. Entergy said Thursday ...

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Stodder — U.S. Export-Import Bank walks the plank

The Export-Import Bank, a legacy of the New Deal that helps thousands of small businesses and some very large ones compete in foreign markets, teeters on the brink of extinction because it has become a symbol of big government largesse and corporate cronyism. For the bank’s allies, it is a distressing sign of the extreme partisanship of 2012 that the ...

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EastGroup Properties' profit rises in first quarter of 2012

JACKSON — EastGroup Properties’ profit rose in the first quarter, but not as much as analysts expected. The real estate investment trust said Thursday that quarterly profit rose to $5.4 million, or 20 cents per share. That’s up 13 percent from $4.8 million, or 18 cents per share, in year-ago quarter. Analysts polled by FactSet had predicted 23 cents per ...

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Casino regulators want to see more from developers

JACKSON — The Mississippi Gaming Commission on Thursday delayed approval of plans for Rotate Black’s Harbor Town Casino in Gulfport. WLOX-TV reports that commission members want Rotate Black to step back and look at what more could be added to the project. Commissioner Jerry St. Pe said the size and scope of the Gulfport project needs more work. “All new ...

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Bryant signs bill forcing Sunflower school merger

JACKSON — Sunflower County will have only one school district starting in July 2014, under a law signed by Gov. Phil Bryant Thursday. Senate Bill 2330 requires merging the Indianola, Drew and Sunflower County districts, all currently under state control. The bill does not require closing any current schools, although residents have said they fear that result. The districts have ...

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Waveland seeks dismissal of lawsuit

WAVELAND — The city of Waveland has asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges police officers used a stun gun on a pregnant woman. Dawn Melissa Daigre sued Waveland for damages incurred during her February 2010 arrest. The city argues Daigre’s allegations are “uniformly meritless.” The city also contends that, since Daigre pleaded guilty to resisting arrest, ...

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AP photographer describes Gulf oil spill then, now

ON THE BARATARIA BAY, La. — I had been taking pictures of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico for about a month before I made my first visit to Cat Island on May 22, 2010. I will never forget what I saw there. Noisy brown pelicans were flying around and swimming in the water, which was carrying ...

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