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Study: Oil spill's impact could take years to become apparent

GULF OF MEXICO — New research by an Auburn University professor and other scientists suggests that the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill could have significant impacts on microscopic life that might not become apparent for years. Auburn professor Ken Halanych and scientists from the University of New Hampshire, the University of California Davis Genome Center, and the University of ...

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Another electricity cooperative suspends e-checks due to scams

HATTIESBURG — The Dixie Electric Power Association is not accepting e-check payments due to a recent scam, claiming that the federal government is paying utility bills. The Hattiesburg American reports the scam included an invalid routing number, prompting the association’s management to shut down the e-check payment option until further notice. Aaron Zumwalt, administration and finance manager, says customers can ...

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Officials celebrate opening of new Highland facility

PICAYUNE — After years of planning and construction, the new Highland Community Hospital is complete. The new three-story facility holds 60 inpatient beds and an expanded Emergency Room that is nearly double the size of the original Highland facility’s ER. The new emergency care department’s layout is designed to minimize the patient’s time from door to doctor, including three minor ...

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Pentagon awards Camp Shelby project to DCD, Yates

FORREST COUNTY — The Pentagon says a joint venture between two Mississippi construction companies has won a $41.4 million contract to build an operational readiness training complex at Camp Shelby. The companies are DCD Construction Inc. of Ocean Springs and W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Inc. of Philadelphia. Glen Higgs of DCD says the contract calls for four four-story barracks ...

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Supervisors soliciting bids for long-term hospital lease

GRENADA — Grenada County supervisors are soliciting proposals for a long-term lease of the publicly owned Grenada Lake Memorial Hospital. The board of supervisors made the decision this past week. Board president Chad Bridges says officials decided leasing the hospital was the best option for the county. Discussions about whether to sell or lease the county-owned facility began in March. ...

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Jackson airport adds non-stop flight to Chicago's O'Hare

JACKSON — The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (“JMAA”) and United Airlines announce new daily, nonstop service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport (“ORD”) beginning November 4, 2012. United offers the United Express service using 50-seat Embraer ERJ-145 aircraft. “JMAA and United Airlines have been working together to link Jackson to the nation and the world,” said Dirk B. Vanderleest, JMAA’s chief ...

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Health Department reports third human case of West Nile

LINCOLN COUNTY — The Mississippi State Health Department is reporting a third human case of West Nile virus in the state. The new case is in Lincoln County. Other cases are in Lauderdale and Hancock counties. Mississippi had 52 cases and five deaths from West Nile virus last year. MSDH has identified WNV positive mosquitoes in Forrest, Pike, Lincoln and ...

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Genesis Energy to create new jobs for handling of dilbit

NATCHEZ — Genesis Energy L.P. says it plans to create 20 jobs in Adams County to handle the transportation of a product made from bitumen. The Natchez Democrat reports the Houston, Texas-based company is partnering with Southern Pacific Resource Corp. to transport dilbit, a combination of diluent and bitumen, to Gulf Coast refineries. The newspaper reports that Southern Pacific mines ...

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Ladners' trial for Katrina kickbacks rescheduled for September

BAY ST. LOUIS — The trial for former Hancock County Road Manager Roger Ladner and his relatives in an alleged kickback scheme related to Hurricane Katrina cleanup contracts has been rescheduled. Roger Ladner, his wife Sharon Ladner, and his two brothers Billy Wayne Ladner and Donald Ray Ladner, all pleaded not guilty last month. Prosecutors said the scheme involved cleanup ...

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Levee Board proposes tax hike to cover expenses from 2011 flood

GREENVILLE — The board of the Mississippi Levee Commissioners has proposed a property tax increase to cover expenses from last spring’s flood. Peter Nimrod, chief engineer for the levee board, tells the Delta Democrat Timesthe increase is small. He says the tax on a $50,000 home would increase from $13.20 a year to $14.50 annually. “It’s not a whole lot, ...

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