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Fast growth of wheat brings farmers new challenge as yields dip

A rapidly maturing 2012 wheat crop proved to be a timing challenge for Mississippi growers as they planted more acreage without an accompanying increase in yields. The state’s growers planted 480,000 acres, up from 360,000 acres the previous season. They were inspired to increase crop sizes by strong market prices and the record-average yields of 64 bushels per acre grown ...

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Ag Extension Service names interim chief of North Ms. experiment center

A veteran administrator has been selected to temporarily head the operations of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the Mississippi State University Extension Service in North Mississippi. Dr. Joe Street will serve as the interim head of the North Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Verona beginning June 1,” said Gary Jackson, director of MSU’s Extension Service. “This ...

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Nation’s banks gain on income in 1Q but loan levels drop

Commercial banks and savings institutions in the United States are on track to complete three years consecutive quarterly earnings increases, but their lending has dipped for the time in nearly a year. The financial institutions made a total profit of $35.3 billion in the first quarter, a $6.6 billion improvement from the $28.8 billion in net income the industry reported ...

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Wilkerson resigns as MDA tourism director, accepts same job for city of Ridgeland

The state’s tourism director informed the Mississippi Development Authority’s Interim Executive Director Jim Barksdale, tourism staff and industry partners on Wednesday that she is resigning her post to take a position with the Ridgeland Tourism Commission. MDA Tourism Director Mary Beth Wilkerson is leaving her position effective June 15, 2012. Wilkerson, who has been with the state tourism office for ...

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Attorney General warns of e-mail scam involving U.S. Postal Service

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is warning Mississippians of a bogus email scam targeting postal customers. The emails claim to be from the U.S. Postal Service and falsely tell the receiver about an attempted or intercepted package delivery. Some mention unpaid delivery fees. The scam email encourages you to click on a link or open an attachment, but Postal ...

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Illinois plant shifts some operations to Blue Mountain

MOUNDS, Ill.  — A maker of industrial floor absorbent and cat litter products is moving that production from southern Illinois’ Pulaski County to Mississippi. WSIL-TV reports that Oil-Dri Corp. of America announced the move involving its plant in Mounds this week. Oil-Dri says as many as 40 workers in Mounds will be affected, although some employees might be considered for ...

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Explosion at Pascagoula plant; 1 dead, 2 injured

PASCAGOULA — One person is dead and two injured in an explosion at the Mississippi Phosphates plant in Pascagoula. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd tells the Associated Press that the explosion occurred about 7:15 a.m. Friday and was a steam explosion. >> RELATED STORY: Phosphates Corp. loses $1.1 million in first quarter of 2012 The identities of the dead and ...

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Huntington Ingalls gets $2.38 billion Navy contract

JACKSON — The U.S. Navy has awarded a $2.38 billion contract to Huntington Ingalls Industries to build an amphibious assault ship. The future USS Tripoli will be built at the company’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division in Pascagoula. The Defense Department announced the contract Thursday. The shipyard earlier won a contract to order advance materials. The Tripoli’s sister ship, the future USS ...

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano urges plan for hurricane season

MIAMI — U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wants to make sure Americans are prepared for the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. The season begins today and Napolitano will join Federal Emergency Management Agency head Craig Fugate, as well as Florida Gov. Rick Scott to urge those likely to be affected by storms to prepare beforehand. Officials ...

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Colom appointed judge for city of Aberdeen

ABERDEEN — Columbus native Scott Colom has been appointed municipal judge by the Aberdeen Board of Aldermen. Colom replaces Adrian Haynes. Haynes, who also serves as an elected justice court judge for Monroe County, was arrested for simple assault in 2010 after engaging in an altercation with a deputy clerk at Aberdeen City Hall. Aberdeen City Clerk Jackie Benson said ...

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