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Feds designate critical habitat for Mississippi gopher frog

      The endangered Mississippi gopher frog has just been assured it’ll have some hopping-around room for some time to come. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is designating 6,477 acres in Mississippi and Louisiana as critical habitat for the endangered dusky gopher frog, commonly known as the Mississippi gopher frog, the agency said Monday. The designations are within ...

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Apple integrates Facebook into iPhone software

SAN FRANCISCO — Fresh off a disappointing initial public offering, Facebook is getting a big boost from Apple, which is building the social network deep into its iPhone and iPad software. With the next version of Apple Inc.’s software, users will be able to update their Facebook status by talking to their phones. Users will also be able to “Like” ...

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Hancock Fabrics' sales up, but still records net loss

BALDWYN — Hancock Fabrics Inc., for its first quarter ended April 28, reports an operating loss of $1.2 million, compared to a $1.0 million loss in the first quarter of last year. The net loss was $2.4 million, or $0.12 per basic share, compared to a net loss of $2.2 million, or $0.11 per basic share, in the first quarter ...

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County sees single-family building permits soar in May

DESOTO COUNTY — Single-family building permits surged in May, driving up year-to-date activity and leaving DeSoto officials optimistic for a long-sought housing-industry turn-around. Planning director Ted Garrod tells The Commercial Appeal 85 single-family permits were recorded, with 28 in the unincorporated county. He says the latter is a 68 percent increase over last May’s figure of just 19 in areas ...

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Landowners along river eligible for wetlands-conservation program

WEST MISSISSIPPI — Owners of land along the Mississippi River in Mississippi may be eligible for financial and technical assistance with increasing bottomland forest acreage and enhancing water quality under the Wetlands Reserve Enhancement Program (WREP), part of the Wetlands Reserve Program. Eligible land is between the Mississippi River and the river’s primary levees. These lands are called “batture” lands ...

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Deadline to buy alligator-hunting license approaching

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Friday is the deadline to apply for a permit to hunt alligators on public waterways in Mississippi. Applicants must be Mississippi residents age 16 and above. For 2012, there are six public waterway zones with 810 total available gator permits. Also for 28 open counties, applications will be accepted through July 1 for private lands alligator hunting ...

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FEMA forgives county's Hurricane Katrina loan

JACKSON COUNTY — The government has forgiven $10.5 million that Jackson County borrowed after Hurricane Katrina from FEMA’s Community Disaster Loan program. The Sun Herald reports the announcement came today during the county board of supervisors’ meeting. Over the years, the debt had grown to $12.6 million with interest. In a previous round of consideration, FEMA forgave $2.8 million. Since ...

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State's only abortion clinic scrambling to hit new law's deadline

JACKSON — Mississippi’s only abortion clinic is trying to comply with a new state law by securing hospital admitting privileges for its three doctors. Failure to do so before the law takes effect on July 1 could force the clinic to shut down. The Clarion-Ledger reports lawmakers who supported the measure have said they hoped it would close the Jackson ...

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Ex-attorney faces up to 60 years in prison for embezzlement

RIDGELAND — Sentencing is scheduled for a Ridgeland attorney who has admitted to swindling hundreds of thousands of dollars from his former clients. Attorney Vann Leonard who practiced law out of Ridgeland faces 60 years behind bars and a $750,000 fine. Leonard has pleaded guilty to three counts of embezzlement. He’s admitted to misleading two of his former clients between ...

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Isle of Capri rebranding Rainbow Casino as Lady Luck

VICKSBURG — The Rainbow Casino in Vicksburg will take on the name Lady Luck Casino next year. The Vicksburg Post reports the information was contained in the quarterly financial report by Isles of Capri Casinos Inc. It will be the fifth Lady Luck facility for the St. Louis-based gaming and entertainment company. The change will take effect by the end ...

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