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Catfish Institute: FDA refusals of imported fish soaring in 2012

JACKSON — Citing banned drugs and “unsafe additives,” the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refused more shipments of imported catfish during the first half of 2012 than for all of 2011, according to The Catfish Institute. An analysis of FDA data by The Catfish Institute found 25 catfish import refusals during January 2012 through June 2012, compared to 19 ...

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D.R. Horton buys Breland Homes for undisclosed sum

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Fort Worth, Texas-based D.R. Horton Inc., America’s Builder, has acquired the homebuilding operations of Breland Homes, which operates in Huntsville, Mobile and Baldwin County in Alabama and along the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Terms were not disclosed. The homebuilding operating assets included approximately 320 homes in inventory and 1,020 finished lots. D.R. Horton will also control an ...

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Small rice crop looking good after favorable growing season

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The bright spot for Mississippi’s smaller-than-normal rice crop is that it is looking good at harvest, thanks to an early start and a favorable growing season. Nathan Buehring, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said most of the state’s rice was planted by mid-April, putting it about two weeks ahead of schedule. “Everything so ...

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Phosphate Holdings sees improved quarter despite sales decrease

MADISON — Phosphate Holdings Inc. reported second quarter of 2012 net income of $0.9 million, or $0.10 per diluted share of common stock, compared to a loss of $1.8 million, or $0.21 per diluted share of common stock, for the same period in 2011. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the second quarter of 2012 were $5.1 ...

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TEC adds DIRECTV to product lineup

JACKSON — TEC is now a local authorized DIRECTV dealer. With DIRECTV’s digital platform, TEC subscribers have access to more than 285 channels. “TEC is very excited to expand our television product offering to customers. We continue adding services that will enhance our customers’ lifestyles,” said Joey F. Garner, TEC executive vice president.  

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SBA offering loans to Delta businesses in wake of drought

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The U.S. Small Business Administration is making available federal economic injury disaster loans to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in Mississippi as a result of the drought. This SBA’s disaster declaration includes the following counties: Bolivar, Coahoma, Quitman, Sunflower, Tallahatchie and Tunica. Under ...

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Study: Large areas of fresh water boost hurricane strength

GULF COAST — If a hurricane’s path carries it over large areas of fresh water, it will potentially intensify 50 percent faster than those that do not pass over such regions, meaning it has greater potential to become a stronger storm and be more devastating, according to a study co-written by a group of researchers at Texas A&M University. Ping ...

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SPEC releasing thousands of seatrout fingerlings in bay

SAINT LOUIS BAY — The Seatrout Population Enhancement Cooperative (SPEC), a partnership of the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (GCRL), Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) and Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Mississippi since 2005, is releasing thousands of spotted seatrout fingerlings into the waters of Saint Louis Bay this week. Yesterday’s release was at the Merlin ...

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Hol-Mac's Hammerhead to be featured on 'Motorhead Garage'

BAY SPRINGS — Hammerhead, a division of Hol-Mac Corporation based in Bay Springs, will be featured on the TV series “Motorhead Garage.” “Motorhead Garage” is a nationally syndicated show that reaches over 990,000 homes across the country on the Fox Sports Network. The episode will air Sunday, Aug. 19 at 10:30 a.m. or Monday, Aug. 20 at 3:30 p.m.

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TVA dedicates newly purchased Magnolia power plant

ASHLAND — The Tennessee Valley Authority dedicated its largest gas-fired plant, Magnolia Combined Cycle Gas Plant, with a ceremony yesterday. TVA purchased the 968-megawatt natural-gas-fired plant, located near Ashland in August 2011. The dedication celebrated Magnolia’s distinction as the largest of TVA’s five high-efficiency, combined cycle gas plants. “Magnolia was purchased at less than half the cost of new construction ...

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