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Gas leak stopped; residents back home after nearly week-long evacuation

WAYNE COUNTY — The Wayne County Emergency Management Agency and Escambia Operating Company, LLC report a gas well leaking hydrogen sulfide has been stopped and the well is secure. In the 36 hours since the free flow of gas from the well was stopped air quality monitoring indicates the area is safe, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). ...

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Lawmakers back bill aimed at blocking removal of non-producing oil rigs

GULF OF MEXICO — Under legislation cosponsored by Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), coral reef growth and other marine habitats surrounding offshore energy rigs are among the details that must be assessed before the Interior Department forces removal of non-producing platforms from the Gulf of Mexico. The Rigs to Reefs Habitat Protection Act (S.1555) would allow ...

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Funding awarded to make public universities more energy efficient

JACKSON — Mississippi recently was awarded $725,000 from the U.S. Department of Energy to support energy efficiency improvements at the state’s public universities. The grant will be used to help Mississippi create an energy efficiency retrofit strategy for the state’s Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) facilities, with the goal of reducing energy consumption at Mississippi’s public university facilities by 20 ...

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All American completes purchase of Check Exchange locations

MADISON — All American Check Cashing has completed the acquisition of six Check Exchange of Mississippi retail locations. Terms were not disclosed. This marks the second merger for All American this year and increases the total number of retail stores in Mississippi to over 38. In June, All American completed the merger and acquisition of Emergency Cash of Byram and ...

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Read July 30 issue of the MBJ

>> COOPERATIVE TRIANGLE? Clay, Lowndes, Oktibbeha counties mulling partnership— By Clay Chandler Also in this week’s paper: >> IMMIGRATION Hood: Arizona ruling erased Mississippi felony penalty— by Ted Carter >> DARK ARMORY RISING? Old Armory on Fairgrounds to get roof as it awaits restoration— by Ted Carter >> AGRICULTURE New commissioner seeking legislative support for $30 million bond issue— by Ted ...

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(VIDEO) Oliver Diaz talks about "Hot Coffee" documentary

Jackson attorney and former state justice Oliver Diaz spoke with MBJ-TV and MBJ editor Ross Reily this week about his involvement in the recently released HBO documentary “Hot Coffee.” Directed by lawyer turned filmmaker Susan Saladoff, the movie premiered last year at the Sundance Film Festival. Diaz said it focuses on several high-profile tort litigation cases including the landmark “McDonald’s hot ...

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Coast Guard: No current plans to close ever-falling river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Mississippi River level is continuing to drop, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Memphis says it is using survey boats and dredges to maintain safe navigation. The National Weather Service says drought has dropped the river’s summer level in Memphis to about 13 feet below normal, and it could fall another two feet by ...

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FEMA offering assistance to update flood maps, develop flood data

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is providing money to help some areas of Mississippi update their flood maps and develop information on flooding risks. The Vicksburg Post reports the activities dovetail onto work completed since 2002 to update flood maps in Mississippi. In 2011, technical adjustments to Warren County’s maps took areas less prone to hundred-year floods ...

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Duff brothers buy T.L. Wallace; make 'significant equity infusion'

COLUMBIA — Entrepreneurs Jim and Tom Duff have acquired T. L. Wallace Construction Inc. for an undisclosed amount. The Duff brothers own several other businesses including Southern Tire Mart, LLC, KLLM Transport Services, LLC, Forest Products Transports, LLC, Pine Belt Ford, LLC, as well as others with combined revenues exceeding $1.3 billion. As part of the acquisition of T. L. ...

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Texas contractor to build new clinic on Coast for Navy

GULFPORT — A Texas company has won a $19 million contract for a new medical and dental clinic for the Navy in Gulfport. A news release from the Pentagon says Satterfield & Pontikes Construction Inc. of Austin will also demolish two buildings and a car wash on the site where it is to build the replacement clinic. It is also ...

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