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Mississippi State Ag. Division draws from ranks to fill key post

Cary W. “Bill” Herndon, a long-time leader in Mississippi State University’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine, has been named the new associate vice president in the division. His selection followed a national search. “Dr. Herndon’s experience made him the perfect choice to help advance our efforts to serve the university, the state and beyond,” said Greg Bohach, DAFVM ...

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PSC gives new approval to controversial Kemper power plant

KEMPER COUNTY — The Mississippi Public Service Commission has given new approval for Mississippi Power Co.’s coal-fired power plant in Kemper County, pushing aside opponents call for a fresh look at the plant’s finances. The commission voted 2-1 to approve the $2.4 billion plant today. Southern District Commissioner Leonard Bentz and Central District Commissioner Lynn Posey, both Republicans, voted for ...

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State judge declares tort cap unconstitutional; criticizes Legislature

CLARKSDALE — A state judge in Coahoma County has declared a legislatively imposed cap on non-economic damages unconstitutional. Circuit Judge Charles Webster issued the ruling April 20 in a 14-page opinion. He criticized the Legislature for intruding into judicial authority. Webster’s ruling came in a motion filed by Cleveland attorney Ralph E. Chapman in lawsuit seeking damages stemming from the ...

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Fisher: Two post-oil spill restoration projects moving forward

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Two Mississippi projects aimed at restoring marine resources damaged in 2010 by the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Oil Spill are moving forward as part of Phase I of the DWH Early Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment (Phase I plan), according to Mississippi trustee Trudy D. Fisher, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The projects include ...

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PSC, FTC put robocaller out of telemarketing business

JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) along with the Federal Trade Commission have exchanged information and put a robocaller out of the telemarketing business, according to Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley. The telemarketers were allegedly responsible for billions of calls and will give up assets totaling roughly $3 million under an FTC order. The telemarketers made more than ...

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Cochran: Committee-approved funding should advance NASA's missions

WASHINGTON — Funding outlined for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) by the Senate Appropriations Committee for the upcoming fiscal year should enable the space agency to advance its post-Space Shuttle missions, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says. Cochran is vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee that has approved the FY2013 Commerce, Justice and Science (CJS) Appropriations Bill, ...

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Former Tchula Mayor Brown has died

JACKSON — Former Tchula Mayor Yvonne R. Brown, the first black Republican female mayor in Mississippi, has died. Officials at Century Funeral Home in Yazoo City confirmed Brown died Monday but had no other details. A funeral service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at New Jerusalem Church in Jackson. Brown served as Tchula’s mayor from 2001 to 2009. She ...

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Former Leake County Chamber chief headed to prison

Renodda Dorman, former Leake County Chamber of Commerce executive director, received a 10-year prison sentence Tuesday after pleading guilty to embezzling more than $60,000. The sentence specifies Dorman must serve five years behind bars and five years of probation. The court also ordered Dorman to make $60,916.11 in restitution to Leake County. The joint investigation by District Attorney Mark Duncan, ...

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Mississippi House asks charter-school talks with Senate

JACKSON — Mississippi House leaders are seeking changes in a proposed charter school bill, but Senate leaders appear unlikely to agree to measures that might win over House opponents. House Bill 1152, which was amended by the Senate to create an alternative system of public schools in Mississippi, had been stalled by opposition in the House. On Monday, House Education ...

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BancorpSouth profit jumps, loan set-aside shrinks

TUPELO — BancorpSouth is set aside less for future loan losses and made more in fees from mortgage borrowers, increasing profit in the first quarter. The Tupelo firm said Monday that profit rose to $22.9 million, or 25 cents per share, in the quarter that ended March 31. The bank said that’s the most it has earned in more than ...

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