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Southern Baptist leaders call on Crystal Springs church and pastor to reject racism

JACKSON — Southern Baptist leaders called Monday for a Mississippi church to reject racism after some congregants prevented a black couple from getting married there. Leaders of the Mississippi Baptist Convention and the Southern Baptist Convention said Monday that preventing Charles and Te’Andrea Wilson from marrying at First Baptist Church of Crystal Springs was wrong. Baptist churches are autonomous, so ...

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Recent rains helped, but soybean crop still needs moisture

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Agriculture experts at Mississippi State University say Mississippi’s soybean crop needs more moisture to complete what has at times been a dry season. Mississippi State’s University Extension Service says recent rains, along with irrigation, have helped after a dry spell in June. “We are thankful for the rain that we’ve received this growing season, and we all ...

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FedEx Ground to build distribution center in Pine Belt

HATTIESBURG — FedEx spokeswoman Erin Traxal says FedEx Ground plans to build a 48,000-square-foot distribution center in Hattiesburg. She tells The Hattiesburg American people currently working in Hattiesburg will move to the new, bigger station, which will add jobs as needed. The current facility has more than 20 full- and part-time employees. Traxal says the new facility is part of ...

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Officials extend bidding deadline for Coast marina project

BAY ST. LOUIS — The deadline for bids on the Bay. St. Louis marina project has been extended to Aug. 8. Officials tell the Sea Coast Echo the two-week extension was granted so other interested contractors could bid on the project. Engineers say 71 bid packets have been sent out. The entire project, including the harbor, reconstruction of the Jimmy ...

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Cal-Maine's profits soar; Baker replacing Adams as chairman

JACKSON — Egg producer Cal-Maine Foods says its net income grew more than five-fold in its fiscal fourth quarter as it produced and sold more eggs in the period on stronger consumer demand and got a lift from a one-time gain related to a joint venture. Cal-Maine said its average selling price rose 9.7 percent for the year thanks to ...

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State-owned lake to reopen after six-year closire

BOLIVAR COUNTY — State wildlife officials say Lake Charles Capps in Bolivar County will reopen in September. The Bolivar Commercial reports the lake was closed in 2006 by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries and Parks for renovation. Dennis Riecke, a fisheries biologist with the MDWFP, said that one of the main reasons that the lake was drained and closed ...

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County could lose millions if SMEPA buys power plant

BATESVILLE — Panola County could lose as much as $4.4 million in future property taxes if South Mississippi Electric Power Association succeeds in its bid for LSP Energy. South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA) has entered into a purchase agreement in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware to buy all assets of LSP Energy for $249 million. It’s not yet a ...

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Capital City hires consultant to work on negative image

JACKSON — For years, Mississippi’s capital city has battled a reputation as a place of blight, corruption and high crime. Now, Jackson officials say they have enlisted help to upgrade public perception of the state’s biggest city. A local advertising firm, Fahrenheit Creative Group, has been hired in a $45,000 contract, to create better vibes for Jackson. City Council president ...

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Gaming Commission investigating principals of proposed casino

NATCHEZ — Background checks have begun for people involved in the Magnolia Bluffs Casino as the Mississippi Gaming Commission moves closer to granting final approval for an opening in December. Commission deputy director Eddie Williams said the commission is conducting suitability investigations of casino owners, general managers, investors or significant shareholders. Williams told The Natchez Democrat the suitability investigations involve ...

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