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Fondren food tasting scratched, reset for spring

Fans of Fondren’s food offerings will have to wait until spring for the “Taste of Fondren.” The Fondren Renaissance Foundation has rescheduled the restaurant cuisine sampling fundraiser for sometime in the spring. The event was to be held Thursday, Oct.11, at Duling Hall, but organizers decided spring would provide an opportunity to increase the variety of food offerings and restaurant ...

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Coast Guard reports spill from gulf oil platform

GULF OF MEXICO — The Coast Guard says an estimated 76 gallons of crude oil spilled from an oil platform operated by Apache Corp. off the coast of Southeast Louisiana. Petty Officer 2nd Class Bill Colclough said the spill was reported to authorities Tuesday. Colclough said a sheen created by the spill has dispersed and none of the spilled oil ...

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Lawsuit brought against former Hercules plant over pollution

HATTIESBURG — Eleven plaintiffs, including a Hattiesburg church, have filed a lawsuit in an ongoing dispute over pollution from the old Hercules facility. Ashland Inc. of Covington, Ky., purchased Hercules in 2008. It has not yet responded to the lawsuit filed in federal court in Hattiesburg. Local residents have complained for years about pollution from the plant. Opening in 1923, ...

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Supervisors ask hospital to fund DHA-operated clinic

GREENWOOD — Leflore County’s publicly owned hospital has been asked to give $75,000 to keep a local clinic operating through the end of the year. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the request from Leflore County supervisors must be approved by the city of Greenwood and the board of Greenwood Leflore Hospital. The clinic is one of four in the Delta operated ...

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MDOT approves funds for 'SMART' bus system

STARKVILLE — State transportation officials have approved $2 million for a three-route bus system connecting the city of Starkville to the Mississippi State University campus. It will be called Starkville MSU Area Rapid Transit or SMART. “This is a long-term commitment between the federal government, the Mississippi Department of Transportation and Mississippi State University to manage this transit system,” said ...

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Man to plead guilty to trafficing stolen equipment

CENTREVILLE — Federal court records say a second man will plead guilty in a scheme to purchase trucks, tractors, lawnmowers and other equipment stolen from dealers in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Jory Sam Tantillo and Michael Fralick were indicted in February by a federal grand jury in South Mississippi. The indictment said that in 2009 they placed orders for ...

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State leads nation in increase in unemployment applications

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits rose to a seasonally adjusted 367,000, a level consistent with only modest hiring. The state data are for the week ended Sept. 22, one week behind the national data. States with the biggest increases are: • Mississippi: Up 3,314, due to people unable to work because of Hurricane Isaac • ...

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T-Mobile awarded rural wireless service grant

ATTALA COUNTY and WINSTON COUNTY — T-Mobile has won a more than $1.8 million federal grant to expand wireless service in rural Mississippi. The Federal Communications Commission says T-Mobile will work to fill gaps in 3G and 4G coverage on over 155 road miles in Attala County and nearly 100 road miles in Winston County. The company faces a three-year ...

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Pine Belt city raises rates for third straight year, but not taxes

LAUREL — Residents in Laurel will see an increase in their water, sewer, and garbage rates effective Nov. 1. WDAM TV reports the Laurel City Council voted 5-1 in favor of increasing rates for the third straight year. City officials say the rate increase will go to helping repair the city’s dilapidated water sewer system. Mayor Mack says, although residents ...

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Appeals court refuses to hear Zach Scruggs' case

NEW ORLEANS — The full 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has refused to hear an appeal from Zach Scruggs, who was implicated as having knowledge of a judicial corruption scheme that toppled his father, plaintiffs’ lawyer Richard “Dickie” Scruggs. A three-judge panel of the New Orleans in August upheld Zach Scruggs conviction. He asked the full court to hear ...

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