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Experts remain optimistic, but hot, dry weather impacting crops

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — An ideal growing season through mid-June turned into a hot and dry situation that stressed the state’s crops until widespread rains came after the Fourth of July. The state has experienced very hot and dry weather in the last several weeks, but Mississippi State University experts remain optimistic about the overall potential. Trent Irby, soybean specialist with ...

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Cochran supporting NASA decision on Stennis' B-2 test stand

HANCOCK COUNTY — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss) is supporting a NASA recommendation to rehabilitate and reuse the B-2 test stand at Stennis Space Center to meet rocket test infrastructure needs of the agency. Cochran said he was informed recently that NASA has allocated $12 million in funding to initiate the rehabilitation and reuse of the B-2 test stand as part ...

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County's beach replenishment program stopped due to grass

HANCOCK COUNTY — Hancock County officials say the state and federal governments don’t want to replenish a stretch of beach in area of Clermont Harbor. The Sea Coast Echo reports the beach stretches roughly from Buccaneer State Park to just past Bordages Street in Bay St. Louis. Officials want to pump in sand to create a 250-foot deep beach on ...

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City officials crafting booklet on proposed property tax

CORINTH — The city of Corinth is working on a booklet to show how a proposed property tax increase would affect the tax bill for homes, businesses and motor vehicles. The Daily Corinthian reports the booklet will be distributed at the July 31 public presentation on special tax levy, dubbed Future Fare, at Corinth High School. Mayor Tommy Irwin has ...

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USM polymer scientist's invention garnering attention

HATTIESBURG — A University of Southern Mississippi professor’s invention is garnering attention. Inspired by his own dream of a technology now considered revolutionary in the world of plastics research, polymer science professor Marek Urban developed a unique type of plastic material that turns red or “bleeds” when damaged. When the damage occurs, or when stressors mount that portend damage to ...

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Attorney general creates foreclosure prevention group

Attorney General Jim Hood has announced the creation of the  “Mississippi Foreclosure Prevention Consortium” to assist homeowners who are struggling as a result of the foreclosure crisis. “The consortium was created through funding from the National Mortgage Settlement that was entered into earlier this year with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers,” the General Hood’s office. Partners include Money Management International, ...

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Alliance hoping to start sand-drying plant operations next month

PICAYUNE — A company building a sand-drying plant to service the oil industry is eying an August start-up. Jacque Ballay, vice president in charge of marketing and sales for Alliance Consulting Group, LLC, tells the Picayune Item when the plant cranks up, it will be able to handle a maximum of 200 truckloads of sand per day, based on demand ...

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New law has marriage business booming on Coast

MISSISSIPPI  GULF COAST — The marriage business is booming on Mississippi’s Gulf Coast since a state law took effect July 1, eliminating a three-day waiting period and a required blood test for syphilis. Although Adams County lawmaker Melanie Sojourner sponsored the bill in part to boost Natchez’ antebellum attractions as destination wedding venues, two of the three coastal counties report ...

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State's farmers triple the peanuts planted last year

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi farmers moved from ninth to seventh this year among peanut-growing states, more than tripling the number of acres planted in peanuts. Fresh figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show Mississippi farmers put 50,000 acres into peanuts this year, up sharply from the estimated 15,000 acres planted in 2011. The increase leap-frogged the Magnolia State over ...

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Former RR depot gets new life as transportation museum

VICKSBURG — The city of Vicksburg is celebrating the opening of the Old Depot Museum. It’s housed in the former Yazoo and Mississippi River Valley Railroad Depot. The grand opening was held yesterday. The museum in downtown Vicksburg features a huge collection of ship models and riverboat models. “We have an exhibit of tow boats and river boat models. We ...

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