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UMMC: Clinical trial reveals pterostilbene reduces blood pressure in adults

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A form of pterostilbene, a compound found naturally in blueberries, reduces blood pressure in adults, according to results of a clinical trial presented Thursday (Sept. 20) at the American Heart Association’s 2012 Scientific Sessions on High Blood Pressure Research in Washington, D.C. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted by University of Mississippi School of Pharmacy and ...

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Chaney expects insurers to pay only $24M for Isaac damage

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Private insurers expect to pay more than $24.3 million in claims in Mississippi as a result of Hurricane Isaac, Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says. Chaney says that as of yesterday, Mississippi’s 21 largest insurers had received 9,400 claims and paid $8.6 million. That’s tiny compared Hurricane Katrina’s $41 billion in insured damage nationwide. Isaac is expected to ...

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River shipping resumes after emergency repairs to lock

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Shipping resumed today through one of the Mississippi River’s busiest locks after crews completed emergency repairs that took days and that stranded hundreds of barges destined for points north or south. By the time the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reopened Lock 27 at Granite City, Ill., just north of St. Louis, Mo., about 3:30 a.m. today, ...

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FNC: U.S. home prices up year-over-year for first time since bust

OXFORD — FNC’s latest Residential Price Index (RPI) indicates U.S. residential property values continue to climb, capturing a fifth consecutive monthly gain as the result of rising demand. More notably the index shows that for the first time since the housing market collapsed in 2007, home prices are beginning to recover on a year-over-year basis, highlighting a major turning point ...

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Census report shows drop in household income

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Households in South Mississippi are continuing to earn less. That’s according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Elaine G. Wilkinson, executive director of the Gulf Regional Planning Commission, tells the Sun Herald it isn’t surprising to families living from paycheck to paycheck. According to the 2011 American Community Survey, the Gulfport-Biloxi metro area shows a ...

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Mississippi legislators tossing in towel on education

by Bobby Harrison/NEMS Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Some of the state’s political leadership seems to be throwing in the towel when it comes to fully funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. Senate President Pro-Tem Terry Brown, R-Columbus, House Speaker Pro Tem Greg Snowden, R-Meridian, and House Ways and Means Chair Jeff Smith, R-Columbus, all expressed frustration recently at ...

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No reason given for Mississippi's large increase in unemployment applications

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits last week fell only slightly to 382,000. The level suggests hiring remains sluggish. Here, from the Associated Press.  are the states with the biggest changes in unemployment aid applications. The state level data are for the week that ended September 8, one week behind the national data:  States with the biggest decreases: ...

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More charged in multi-state teacher exam cheating scheme

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Federal prosecutors in Memphis have announced that 10 more people have been indicted in a scheme to hire others to take teacher certification tests in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi. The additional defendants stem from a 45-count indictment returned by a grand jury in July that charged Clarence Mumford Sr. of Memphis with fraud and identity theft. He ...

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Gap between school funding formula, appropriation widening

JACKSON — The gap between the state’s school funding formula and money actually being appropriated could widen past $300 million next year, raising new questions about the formula’s future. Interim state Superintendent Lynn House told legislative budgeters the Mississippi Adequate Education Program will need $300.6 million more in the 2014 budget year than it received this year to reach full ...

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Commercial fishing catch up to pre-oil spill level

GULF OF MEXICO — Fishing boats in the Gulf of Mexico hauled in more menhaden and other species last year compared with 2010, when millions of gallons of oil spewed from a blown well, according to a federal fisheries report. But it’s too early to rule out any long-term effects from the spill, said Roy Crabtree, southeast regional administrator for ...

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