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CARTER: Gray Swoope playing risky political card in Florida

Gray Swoope, the former head of the Mississippi Development Authority who left for a similar role in Florida in early 2011, has inserted himself into a political blame game in the Sunshine State. Swoope has been assigned the role of a blocking back of sorts for Rick Scott, Florida’s hugely unpopular Republican governor and the man who appointed him head ...

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Officials: This will probably be worst year ever for West Nile

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Health officials say they’re convinced this will be the worst year for West Nile virus deaths and severe illnesses since the disease hit America’s shores in 1999. So far, 1,405 serious illnesses and 118 deaths from West Nile have been reported across the country. The bulk is in Texas but Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Michigan ...

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U.S. unemployment jumps; affected by Hurricane Isaac

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped to the highest level in two months, although the figures were skewed in part by Hurricane Isaac. Applications increased by 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 382,000, the Labor Department said today. That’s up from 367,000 the previous week. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased for the fourth straight week to ...

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Portions of Isaac-battered beach could open this weekend

HARRISON COUNTY — Portions of the Hurricane Isaac-battered beach in Harrison County could be open this weekend as workers continue to remove debris the storm left behind. Chuck Loftis, director of the Sand Beach Authority, told The Sun Herald crews are making progress and likely will open parts of the beach where vendors operate. Hurricane Isaac brought wind and rain ...

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Coast neighborhood overrun by caterpillars since Isaac

BAY ST. LOUIS — The thousands of caterpillars covering yards in the Garden Isle neighborhood of Bay St. Louis make it look almost like the grass is moving. Residents worry this is just a pit stop before the insects get into their homes. Residents in Garden Isle tell WLOX-TV since Hurricane Isaac, the whole area has been infested with caterpillars. ...

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Kemper plant headed back to court; gasifier installed

KEMPER COUNTY — Opponents will return to court tomorrow seeking to again invalidate state regulators’ decision to allow Mississippi Power Co. to build a $2.8 billion power plant in Kemper County. The Sierra Club and other opponents of the plant want Harrison County Chancellor Jim Persons to rule that the new permission granted by the Mississippi Public Service Commission in ...

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Downtown group approves new design guidelines

TUPELO — The board of the Downtown Tupelo Main Street Association approved a new set of design guidelines Tuesday that members hope will help the district maintain its historic roots. The 87-page packet provides guidelines for commercial and residential projects that cover only the exterior of buildings. They cover everything from facade paint colors to awnings to store signage to ...

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Counties now eligible to receive more post-Isaac aid

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — More than two-dozen southern Mississippi counties will receive additional types of reimbursement for Hurricane Isaac storm recovery, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency reports. The Federal Emergency Management Agency can reimburse 75 percent of the eligible cost to repair road systems and bridges, water control facilities, public buildings and contents, public utilities, parks, recreational and other key public ...

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Commission sides with newspaper in school test-cheating probe

GREENWOOD — The Mississippi Ethics Commission has sided with the Greenwood Commonwealth newspaper and says the state Department of Education should hand over documents from any probe of possible cheating on achievement tests in Leflore County. In a non-binding opinion issued last Friday, the Ethics Commission agreed with the newspaper that such documents are public records. The Commonwealth reported it ...

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Officials let Democrats replace Herrington on ballot

JACKSON — Officials are letting Democrats put a different nominee in South Mississippi’s 4th District congressional race. State election commissioners voted unanimously to let Michael Herrington of Hattiesburg withdraw and Matthew Moore of Biloxi take his place. State law says if a party nominee withdraws for a nonpolitical reason such as illness, the party may put a substitute on the ...

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