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Senate passes farm bill with $23 billion in cuts; House action next

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday completed a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that cuts farm subsidies and land conservation spending by about $2 billion a year but largely protects sugar growers and some 46 million food stamp beneficiaries. The 64-35 vote for passage defied political odds. Many inside and outside of Congress had predicted that legislation so expensive and ...

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FDA warns Vietnam about banned substances in fish imports

JACKSON — The Food and Drug Administration recently warned Vietnam about a rise in banned substances found in seafood imported into the U.S., according to The Catfish Institute. The Institute reports the warning comes on the heels of significant increases in FDA import refusals of Vietnamese seafood shipments, which jumped from 12 refusals in March to 20 refusals in April. ...

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Commission gives nod to site for proposed Boardwalk Casino

BILOXI — The Mississippi Gaming Commission has given site approval to the proposed Biloxi Boardwalk Casino & Resort. It’s the first in a series of approvals required for the casino proposed by Louisiana businessman Chris Ferrara. Ferrara also owns a fire truck manufacturer in Holden, La. He bought the site after a former Heinz pet food factory closed. He wants ...

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City sets public hearings to discuss ward redistricting

GAUTIER — Two public hearings have been set on the redistricting of wards in the city of Gautier. The Mississippi Press reports the city council scheduled the hearings for July 2 and July 16. The city’s population soared from 11,681 in the 2000 census to 18,572 in the 2010 count, a 59 percent increase. City officials have pointed to the ...

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Elvis museum targets August for completion of expansion

TUPELO — The Elvis Presley Birthplace and Museum in Tupelo is planning for an August completion of a $4.3 million expansion. The expansion includes a 120-seat theater where fans can watch films and live performances in a 120-seat theater and an outdoor amphitheater with seating for 75. Rock seats have been installed and will be planted with sod to accommodate ...

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Senators hope levee agreement will lead to reauthorizing flood program

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) say they hope an agreement on the treatment of levees under the National Flood Insurance Program will allow the Senate to move closer to passage of long-term legislation to reauthorize the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The lawmakers worked with ...

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Home builder confidence highest since 2007, survey finds

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes is at its highest level since the housing market collapse, the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) shows. The survey released Tuesday by the home builders and national banking giant measures “sentiment” and reports that the confidence level nudged up one point from the previous month ...

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First post-spill offshore oil and gas lease auction brings $1.7B

GULF OF MEXICO — The federal government’s first auction of offshore petroleum leases in the same area where the Deepwater Horizon exploded in 2010 brought in $1.7 billion in winning bids yesterday, prompting Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar to declare great strides are being made to get drilling back on track in the Gulf of Mexico. Salazar called the sale ...

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State's casinos record drop in revenue in May

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Revenue for Mississippi casinos dropped about $2 million in May from April. The Mississippi Department of Revenue released figures that show casinos took in $185.3 million may compared to $187 million in April. And the figures showed casino revenue was 26 percent higher in May than a year ago, when river casinos were forced to close by ...

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Court upholds firing of forester who opposed state logging plan

FRANKLIN COUNTY — The Mississippi Court of Appeals has upheld the firing of a Franklin County forester who opposed a logging plan pushed by the state. The decision overturned a 2010 order by Franklin County judge who found the Mississippi Forestry Commission’s firing of Stephen Oglesby was wrong. According to court records, Oglesby was at odds with the commission over ...

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