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Genesis Energy expanding at Natchez port with oil sands operation

  Genesis Energy says it is expanding the company’s Port of Natchez terminal to handle bitumen, a product mined from Canadian oil sands. The expansion will create 20 new jobs in Adams County, the company said. Steve Nathanson, COO of Genesis Energy, said the expansion will help facilitate the safe and efficient transportation of North American crude oil. Genesis  has ...

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Scruggs asking appeals court to overturn bribery conviction

NEW ORLEANS — Former Mississippi attorney Zach Scruggs is asking the federal appeals court in New Orleans to overturn his 2008 guilty plea in a judicial bribery case that also involved his father. Scruggs’ attorney and prosecutors will each have 30 minutes today before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal. He spent 14 months in prison, lost his law ...

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Foresters warn landowners of spread of Southern pine beetles

SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI — Southern pine beetle populations are on the rise in southwest Mississippi, and foresters are warning of a potential outbreak and urging landowners to be on the lookout for the tree-killing pests. The Mississippi Forestry Commission says populations of the borer beetles that attack and kill live trees are increasing in the area for the first time since ...

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Southern Pine EPA suspends e-payments due to phishing scams

TAYLORSVILLE — A rural electricity cooperative in Mississippi has stopped taking electronic checks because so many of its customers have been scammed by people or websites claiming to represent the utility. The Clarion-Ledger reports that Southern Pine Electric Power Association isn’t the only utility being impersonated by “phishing” scams. Attorney general’s spokeswoman Jan Schaefer says the state has received 1,000 ...

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Supervisors back proposed center focused on history of cotton

CLEVELAND — The Bolivar County Board of Supervisors has endorsed a proposal for a new center dedicated to the history of cotton. The Bolivar Commercial reports officials with the nonprofit Khafre Inc. told supervisors the center would be located on U.S. 61 in Mound Bayou. Plans are to start work sometime within the next year. C. Sade Turnipseed, executive director ...

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As renovations wrap up, officials unsure of use for hatchery facility

TUPELO — Officials say they’re about halfway through $1.2 million in renovations at the Private John Allen National Fish Hatchery in Tupelo, but have not yet decided how to use the Victorian-era house there once the work is done. It might be used to house state or federal workers or for hatchery volunteers, or it might be rented out, project ...

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