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Coast Guard investigating oil sheen on river; says El Toro plant the source

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Coast Guard says workers are using boom to contain a 17-mile-long sheen on the Mississippi River near Fort Adams in Wilkinson County. No environmental damage has been reported and the river remained open to shipping. The Coast Guard says the substance — spotted by a Coast Guard patrol yesterday — is believed to be a petroleum-based ...

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Ex-road manager's brothers charged with Katrina-related kickbacks

HANCOCK COUNTY — A federal grand jury has indicted two brothers of the former Hancock County road manager who was charged in a kickback scheme related to Hurricane Katrina cleanup contracts. Roger Ladner and his wife, Sharon, were charged with money laundering and conspiracy in December 2011. The indictment says Roger Ladner awarded ditch cleaning contracts to relatives and a ...

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New fire department rating could mean lower insurance costs

COLUMBUS — A new ranking for the Columbus Fire Department could mean reduced insurance rates for home and business owners in the city. The Mississippi Rating Bureau has rated Columbus a four, which is up from its rating a five where it has remained for the past 30 years. Mayor Robert Smith tells The Commercial Dispatch Columbus joins other cities ...

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Agencies re-stock river as part of post-spill recovery efforts

PEARL RIVER COUNTY — Approximately 14,000 pounds of harvestable-sized blue catfish will be released into the Pearl River near Picayune (Walkiah Bluff) as part of a continued recovery effort by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP) and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The catfish, donated by a Mississippi catfish producer, range in weight from five ...

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County's dams 'maintained only slightly;' many deemed high hazard

CARROLL COUNTY — Carroll County has more flood-retarding dams than any county in Mississippi — about 120. The lakes that were created are used for recreation and are places of scenic beauty. They were also built in a flood control plan that helps not just the Carroll County area but also the Mississippi Delta. Some of them were built 50 ...

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U.S. distressed housing falls to October ’08 levels, CoreLogic reports

n a sign the nation’s housing foreclosure crisis could be easing, the number of distressed dwellings that make up a “shadow inventory” has decreased across the country to fall 2008 levels, reports CoreLogic, a California-based real estate research firm. Short sales and sales of bank-owned houses are driving down the inventory, CoreLogic says, and notes the reduction of the shadow ...

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Stanford faces sentencing for $7B-plus ponzi scheme

HOUSTON, Texas — If federal prosecutors have their way, former jet-setting Texas tycoon R. Allen Stanford could receive a prison sentence that spans two centuries for bilking investors out of more than $7 billion over two decades in one of the largest ponzi schemes in U.S. history. Calling Stanford a “ruthless predator” who stole from investors “simply to satisfy his ...

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Valley State laying off staff due to state budget cuts

ITTA BENA — Mississippi Valley State University is laying off about 4 percent of its staff as a response to continued state budget cuts. Spokeswoman TaRessa Stoval tells The Greenwood Commonwealth the 21 employees being laid off include clerical personnel, service personnel and mid-level managers. The cuts take effect June 30. She says the affected employees were not offered severance ...

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Roxul to build first-ever U.S. plant in Marshall County

BYHALIA — An international company that makes insulation said yesterday it would build its first U.S. manufacturing facility in north Mississippi’s Marshall County. Roxul Inc. makes stone wool insulation from natural stone and recycled content. The company said it will invest about $130 million and will start later this year on construction of a 600,000-square-foot facility in the Chickasaw Trail ...

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