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More limits on grain barges likely as river keeps dropping

Rain in the drought-stricken Ohio Valley is the only remedy at the moment for falling water levels on the Mississippi River that this week is limiting north-and-south bound barge traffic to alternating12-hour schedules, says the head of a Greenville grain shipping cooperative. Steve Nail, president & CEO of the Farmers Grain Terminal, said Thursday a 30-day National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...

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Towboats still creeping through trouble spot on Mississippi

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Shipping is being allowed to move slowly through a stretch of the Mississippi River near Greenville that has been a trouble spot as low water caused by drought exposes sand and mud bars. Coast Guard Petty Officer Ryan Tippets said today barges are being allowed to proceed south with northbound traffic expected to move later. He said ...

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SMEPA to move forward on Kemper power plant deal

KEMPER COUNTY and HATTIESBURG — The South Mississippi Electric Power Association says it will go through with its planned purchase of 15 percent of a Kemper County power plant. The group, which generates and transmits power to 11 electric cooperatives in southern and western Mississippi, says it will pay $500 million for its share of the $2.8 billion plant, which ...

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Bryant orders agencies to not provide benefits to certain immigrants

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is ordering state agencies not to provide public benefits to immigrants who recently received deferred deportation status from the federal government. Republican Bryant issued an executive order today, hours before a GOP-led state House committee was to meet about immigration issues. He has received support from tea party groups for years by saying he wants ...

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Monsanto, Scruggs Farm Supply await judge's ruling

TUPELO — A federal judge in Mississippi has heard arguments from the Monsanto Co., which is seeking $27 million in damages from a Tupelo farm supply business and its owners in an ongoing dispute over saving and selling its patented seeds. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports U.S. District Judge Michael Mills made no decision after hearing yesterday from attorneys ...

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Ladners plead guilty to Katrina clean-up fraud

BAY ST. LOUIS — Former Hancock County road manager Roger Ladner has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery involving federal money for Katrina ditch-cleaning projects. His wife, Sharon, has pleaded guilty to falsification of records in a federal investigation. Both entered pleas yesterday before U.S. District Judge Halil Sul Ozerden in Gulfport. Later, Donald Ray Ladner and Billy Wayne ...

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Bryant attacks "failed federal immigration policy" with new order

Gov. Phil Bryant’s office announced this morning his issuance of an executive order “reaffirming Mississippi law that prohibits illegal immigrants from receiving public benefits.” The release says executive state agencies would be required to administer such benefits but to “clarify their processes in order to guard against erroneously issuing benefits” to people recently granted “deferred action” status. Bryant recently discussed the ...

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Authorities reopen Mississippi; 'trickle of barges' getting through

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Authorities have reopened the Mississippi River to some boat traffic, hours after freeing a barge that ran aground in dangerously low waters caused by an extensive drought. A trickle of barges had begun heading north as of late afternoon, but clearing all 33 northbound tows and 72 southbound barge strings was going to be a slow process, ...

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Report: Unemployment up in 71 of 82 counties

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Unemployment rates rose from June to July in 71 of Mississippi’s 82 counties, according to figures released yesterday. All counties remained below their jobless rates from last July, though. Unemployment rates fell in July in eight counties: Clarke, Coahoma, Humphreys, Issaquena, Oktibbeha, Pontotoc, Tunica and Webster. Rates were flat in Newton, Perry and Wayne counties. Rankin County’s ...

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Governor appoints team to draw up oil spill money plan

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed more than 100 people from Mississippi’s coastal counties to draft a plan on how to spend money the state will get in legal damages as a result of the BP oil spill. The five states bordering the Gulf of Mexico will get 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines from the ...

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