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AP: Property taken, Katrina recovery money used for unneeded sewage plants

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — An Associated Press investigation shows officials in Mississippi took private property and spent millions of dollars in Hurricane Katrina recovery money on sewage plants that may not be needed for decades. In one case, a legal battle over a small strip of land between an 86-year-old woman, her family and a county utility board has prevented a ...

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Rolls-Royce breaks ground on new test stand at Stennis

HANCOCK COUNTY — Rolls-Royce North America has broken ground on $50 million second jet engine test stand at the John C. Stennis Space Center. The ceremony was today at the Stennis Center. Rolls-Royce officials say the project will create 35 new jobs. Currently, Rolls-Royce employs 45 workers at the Stennis Space Center. Rolls-Royce’s first jet engine testing facility at Stennis ...

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Cochran cosponsors amendment postponing changes to visa program

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is co-sponsoring an amendment to again stop the U.S. Department of Labor from implementing new regulations for a temporary foreign worker visa program that, according to Cochran, would make it harder for seasonal industries, like shrimping, to survive. Cochran is vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee that approved an amendment by Sen. Richard ...

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City pays former city clerk more than $1.3M

VICKSBURG — Since City Clerk Paul Rogers retired in June 1999, he has kept working for the city — two years as a consultant, eight as the city’s strategic planner, and from 2009 until March, working part-time on the city’s 2008 audit. Records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show the city paid Rogers $1.36 million over that 12 ...

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City administrator resigns after 'heated discussion' with councilman

LAUREL — Laurel administrator Dennis Keveryn has resigned in aftermath of a verbal altercation with Ward 7 Councilman Trey Chinn during a council work session. Keveryn’s resignation was effective Friday. Keveryn told the Hattiesburg American that the “heated discussion” led to a week’s suspension without pay from Mayor Melvin Mack. Keveryn, who had spent the past 3 1/2 years as ...

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Rolls-Royce begins work on new jet engine test center at Stennis

Rolls-Royce broke ground Monday on a new $50 million jet engine test facility at the company’s outdoor testing site on the grounds of NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center. When fully operational, the coastal Mississippi facility is expected to create 35 skilled jobs. James M. Guyette, chairman, president & CEO of Rolls-Royce North America, said the state-of-the-art test facility will ...

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Activist: Coast city's water, air, soil polluted by industrial plants

MOSS POINT — Past and present industrial plants have contaminated the Moss Point area’s water, soil and air with toxic chemicals, damaging people’s health, says chemist and environmental activist Wilma Subra. Three plants spewed more than 200 tons of chemicals into the air before they closed, including 193 tons from the International Paper-Moss Point Mill that closed in 2001, she ...

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Used car dealer asks judge to toss marijuana charge

JACKSON — A man convicted of a marijuana charge related to a raid on a Jackson car lot is asking for a judge to throw out his conviction and order a new trial. Jeremy Lee Stambaugh, owner of Paradise Auto Sales in south Jackson, was arrested at the car lot in February along with Johnny Earl Course and David E. ...

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Scientists warn of unusual jellyfish swarm near barrier islands

GULF OF MEXICO — Pelagia noctiluca, a relative of the common sea nettle, has been found in large numbers near the barrier islands in recent days. Commonly called the purple-striped jellyfish, the species is found in all warm and temperate oceans. While more common offshore, winds and circulation patterns may periodically move swarms of these sea jellies into nearshore waters. ...

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Dredging for beach restoration forces another beach closure

BAY ST. LOUIS — Dredging for beach restoration has closed a second section of beach at Bay St. Louis. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says dredging can release large numbers of bacteria trapped in the floor of Mississippi Sound. They say it also can cause dangerous physical conditions including unpredictable terrain, surf, and quicksand. And it brings heavy equipment ...

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