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‘Provocative’ film to spotlight media portrayal of women & girls

With female reproductive rights and the debate over the definition of sexual assault filling the news daily, the Women’s Fund of Mississippi has picked an opportune time to premiere a documentary in Jackson on how the media portrays women. In a press statement announcing the Sept. 13 showing of “Miss Representation” LaFawn A. Gilliam of the Women’s Fund promised a ...

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Another death, nine new cases of West Nile reported

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports the second death and nine new human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2012. The death was in Lincoln County, and the new cases were reported in Copiah (1), Hinds (2), Lawrence (1), Lincoln (1), Rankin (3) and Smith counties, bringing the state total for 2012 to 85 ...

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New trial ordered for man accused of medical kickback

BATESVILLE — A new trial has been ordered for a Batesville businessman convicted on four counts related to his alleged role in an alleged multimillion dollar medical fraud scheme. Garner and former hospital administrator Ray Shoemaker of Tupelo were convicted last March of allegedly conspiring to boost Garner’s nurse staffing business and pay Shoemaker for his assistance as a key ...

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State to survey along seawall to determine beach ownership

BAY ST. LOUIS — The state of Mississippi hopes to complete soon a survey along the new Bay St. Louis seawall that will aid in determining who owns what on the beach. The Sea Coast Echo reports over the past few weeks, surveyors have been working to mark out the boundaries along the seawall. The seawall was completed in April. ...

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Harrell Contracting wins MSU stadium contract

STARKVILLE — Tutor Perini Corporation of Sylmar, Calif., a civil and building construction company, reports its subsidiary, Anderson Companies’ Harrell Contracting Group, was selected as general contractor for Mississippi State University’s Davis Wade Stadium addition at Scott Field. The stadium is undergoing an expansion and renovation that will increase capacity to 61,337, provide additional premium seating, elevators, restrooms and concessions ...

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Historic Spring Hill Cemetery getting new life

HERNANDO —  Spring Hill Cemetery was recently named to the National Register of Historical sites and officials are discussing how to continue with improvements to the grounds. “Your oaks are going to be Southern red and blackjack oaks,” said Chad Pope, an ecologist with the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Springs. He recently went through a plant “checklist” with ...

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Read August 27 issue of the MBJ

>> JOURNAL INC. BUYS MBJ Mississippi’s Journal Inc. buys MBJ Also in this week’s paper: >> SPORTS Batesville trees a big one— by Clay Chandler >>RESHORING ‘Total cost’ calculations tilting manufacturing equation in favor of U.S.— by Ted Carter >>TRANSPORTATION Rail Authority forges ahead in wake of grant rejection— by Clay Chandler >> ROSS REILY Ownership transition is back to the future ...

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Court: Not enough info to make ruling on tort cap

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court says it does not have enough information to decide whether the state’s limit on noneconomic damages — as applied to a federal lawsuit — is constitutional. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, which is considering an appeal of a damage award against Sears, Roebuck and Co., asked the Mississippi high ...

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Mayor Davis: State auditor 'persecuting' him

SOUTHAVEN — A north Mississippi mayor under scrutiny for alleged questionable spending of city money says he’s being persecuted. Southaven Mayor Greg Davis testified yesterday in Hinds County Chancery Court, trying to convince a judge to block Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering from garnishing his paycheck. Judge Dewayne Thomas issued a temporary restraining order last week that prevents the auditor’s office ...

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Officials want changes to new school-rating system

JACKSON — Even before school and district report cards graded “A” to “F” are rolled out for the first time, it’s clear that lawmakers and education officials have a strong appetite for further changes to how schools are graded. In a hearing yesterday, Mississippi Department of Education officials told lawmakers they expect to examine new ways of grading how much ...

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