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Ex-Connecticut inn owner accused of bilking investors for resort project

LAKESHORE — A former owner of New London, Conn.’s, historic Lighthouse Inn is facing a trial in federal court on charges she helped defraud $1.7 million from investors in a resort project in Mississippi. Maureen Clark of Stonington and her former business partner, Cristopher Plummer of Lyme, were accused of using much of that money to pay expenses for the ...

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Dairy farmers rocked by weak prices, escalating input costs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A mild winter and unusually productive spring means Mississippi dairy farmers are enjoying good milk yield from their cows, but low prices and high input costs are making profits scarce. Lamar Adams, dairy cattle specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said production costs are at or near record highs and milk prices are down about ...

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Warren Paving seeks permit for work on Industrial Seaway

GULFPORT — Warren Paving Inc. has filed an application with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) requesting permission to conduct regulated activities under the provision of the Coastal Wetlands Protection Law Act, Title 49, Chapter 27, Mississippi Code of 1972. Warren is proposing to carry out construction activities to support barge loading/unloading and shoreline stabilization on the Industrial Seaway ...

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County taking out loan to pay for road projects, equipment

WASHINGTON COUNTY — Washington County will borrow $1.5 million to repair local roads and buy road-working equipment, The Delta Democrat Times reports. Supervisor Troy Wesley Sr. says board members did a tour of the county roads about three or four months ago and assessed what roads were in bad shape. Wesley says the county expects to buy six dump trucks ...

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Alcorn scientists' study of yams makes research publication

LORMAN — A study by Alcorn State University researchers, which examines what happens to the sweet potato plant when it is sprayed with a chemical that reduces the amount of vegetative growth, was recently published in the African Journal of Agricultural Research, Vol. 7(15), pp. 2372-2379. This study was conducted by Drs. Victor N. Njiti, Qun Xia and Ming Gao. ...

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MDA wins national recognition for jobs creation

Job-creation tallies from such projects as Stion’s solar panel plant in Hattiesburg, Chevron’s new premium base oil refinery facility in Pascagoula and Lockheed Martin’s support center in Clinton have helped the Mississippi Development Authority gain national recognition for the second consecutive year from Area Development magazine. The magazine, an economic development publication covering site selection and facility planning, has awarded ...

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Rep. Thompson wants probe of Jackson’s VA medical center, claims patients at risk

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson called Tuesday for federal authorities to investigate the G.V. Sonny Montgomery Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Jackson, charging that management of the hospital is in “disarray” and patients are endangered. There are serious problems with the quality of health care provided, the longtime Democratic congressman said. Thompson says he has sent a letter to the U.S. ...

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OSHA seeks $104,000 in fines against GEO’s Meridian prison

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited private prison operator The GEO Group Inc. with six safety and health violations, including one willful, for exposing employees to workplace violence and failing to take adequate measures to reduce the risk of violence following a December 2011 inspection stemming from a complaint about its Meridian correctional facility. ...

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Mississippi OKs coal mine to feed Kemper power plant

JACKSON — A Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality permit board gave final approval Tuesday to a plan by Liberty Fuels to mine lignite, a soft form of coal, from about 1,000 acres in Kemper County over the next five years. The mine would feed the coal-fired power plant that Mississippi Power Co. is building nearby. Environmentalists have fought mine permits ...

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One death reported from last night's severe storms; damage widespread

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Severe storms that moved through Mississippi left one person dead in Vicksburg, downed trees and power outages. The National Weather Service says winds were reported up to 70 miles per hour in some areas last night. The storm system continued to dump heavy rain on portions of central and south Mississippi today. In Vicksburg, widespread power outages ...

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