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Ingalls Shipbuilding starts work on warship for Navy

PASCAGOULA — Huntington Ingalls Industries has begun construction on the amphibious transport dock LPD 27. The ship, being built at the company’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division, is the 11th ship in the USS San Antonio (LPD 17) class of ships. On July 27 Ingalls was awarded a $1.5 billion contract to build LPD 27. The start of fabrication milestone marks the ...

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Cotton crop looking good despite prolonged drought

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Despite high heat and long periods without rain, the state’s cotton is looking pretty good, although dealing with reduced acres. Nationally, producers planted 14 percent less cotton this year than last, primarily because of high corn and soybean prices. Mississippi followed this national trend; producers planted 580,000 acres of cotton in 2012 but 630,000 acres in 2011. ...

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Owners of bankrupt casino ordered to find buyer

VICKSBURG — By order of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Delta Development & Investments has retained Equity Partners CRB (EP) to find a buyer for its Grand Station Casino barge on the Yazoo River in Vicksburg. According to EP, many gaming-related machines and tables would be included in the sale. The court has ordered the accelerated sale of the assets, free ...

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ABC-affiliated TV station shutting down this month

SALTILLO — A northeast Mississippi television station is going off the air at the end of the month. WTVA-TV reports WKDH-TV, the ABC station, is going off the air. WKDH’s owner, Southern Broadcasting, says it will end broadcasting at 11:59 p.m. Aug. 31 after more than a decade on the air. ABC plans to continue airing programming locally, but the ...

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Delta heritage area organizers seeking input on plans

CLEVELAND — Organizers of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area are inviting Delta residents to help develop a plan for the heritage area by sharing their insights in a survey. “The goal of a Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area is to create a community-driven network to support historic preservation, natural resource conservation, recreation, heritage tourism and educational projects,” said Luther ...

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OSHA hits Norfolk Southern with whistleblower fines yet again, cites rigged hearings

Norfolk Southern Railway Co. has become a repeat violator of whistleblower protection provisions of the Federal Railroad Safety Act, the U.S. Department of Labor charged in fining the railroad company more than $300,000 for its latest retaliation against an employee who complained about safety on the job. The newest fine, combined with fines levied in three previous cases, brings the ...

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Mississippi delegation to head to Japan to talk trade, investment

Japan, as Mississippi’s top foreign investment partner, will receive a visit in September from a delegation of Magnolia State economic development officials and business leaders. The delegation will travel to Tokyo for the 35th Annual Joint Meeting of the Southeast U.S./Japan (SEUS – Japan) and Japan – U.S. Southeast Associations, Sept. 13-15. Gov. Phil Bryant will lead the Mississippi delegation ...

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PSC pondering change to rate-setting policy

JACKSON — Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley reports the Mississippi Public Service Commission (PSC) has opened an inquiry into whether reduced borrowing costs for electric utility companies and other factors should translate into lower rates for customers. The PSC voted 3-0 to open the inquiry. Presley said current rates were set when interest rates were much higher and ...

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Study measures economic impact of intellectual property

JACKSON — A national study shows intellectual property (IP)  is a huge contributor to Mississippi’s economy and thus directly indicates the importance of protecting intellectual property rights through enforcement, Attorney General Jim Hood reports. The state intellectual property jobs study, titled “IP Creates Jobs for America,” was released by the Global Intellectual Property Center at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. ...

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Ex-county supervisor pleads guilty to stealing tax money

LEXINGTON — Former Holmes County Supervisor Norman Cobbins has pleaded guilty to submitting false invoices to get county money for his own use. U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis says in a news release that Cobbins will be sentenced Oct. 26. He faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The indictment alleged that the 61-year-old ...

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