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Ground broken for new intermodal transit facility

NATCHEZ — Ground has been broken for the Natchez Regional Intermodal Transit Facility at the corner of Wood Avenue and North Shields Lane. The City of Natchez is partnering with MDOT and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to develop a state-of-the-art, multi-use, regional intermodal transportation center that is being jointly supported with an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant, state ...

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Neel-Schaffer makes magazine's reader's choice list

JACKSON — The consulting engineering firm Neel-Schaffer made the Top 50 Road & Highway Design Firms List released by Roads and Bridges. Each year the magazine sends a survey out to its government (departments of transportation) readers, who in turn select the firms they prefer to work with out on the jobsite. The results are based on professional preference, not ...

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Scientists assessing irrigation software designed for farmers

STONEVILLE — Mississippi State University scientists are evaluating a free software tool that can increase irrigation efficiency for the state’s soybean producers. MSU Extension Service irrigation specialist Jason Krutz, MSU Extension and research professor Tom Eubank, systems engineer Lyle Pringle and MSU Plant and Soil Sciences professor Joe Massey are field testing a computer program that calculates furrow irrigation system ...

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Court upholds conviction of ex-mortgage broker Persac

JACKSON — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of former mortgage broker Michael Persac Persac and former broker Jason Ellis were convicted in 2011. They were both ordered to prison and were ordered to forfeit more than $3 million and pay more than $781,000 in restitution. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld ...

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Mid-South Fair attendance continues to dwindle

SOUTHAVEN — An estimated 66,000 attended the 2012 Mid-South Fair in Southaven. The Commercial Appeal reports the attendance was not as good as past fairs in Mississippi but still a number that fair officials consider a success. The event ended Sunday in Southaven, where the 156-year-old fair has been held for the past four years since moving from Memphis. In ...

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State averages 3,000+ deer-vehicle accidents annually

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is reminding motorists it is that time of year again — time to watch out for white deer. “Deer movement increases during the fall, making it all the more important for motorists to drive defensively and stay alert, especially at dawn and dusk, to reduce the risk of striking a deer,” ...

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Animal rescue training takes realistic turn when calf hauler hits bridge

VERONA – A drill turned real for DeSoto County emergency responders who were just settling in for a day of large animal rescue training when the call came on Sept. 28. An 18-wheeler hauling about 100 calves through the state hit the Coldwater River bridge on Highway 78 in DeSoto County,” said Dr. Carla Huston, an associate professor with the ...

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Green construction can be fiscally sound

As interest grows in building homes and commercial properties that are sensitive to the environment and that make the best use of resources, what should people consider before building? David Turner has a two-word answer to that question, “Resource management.” The owner of Sustainable Construction, a Jackson residential and commercial building company, says those words are the underlying aspect in ...

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Safe to eat — or not?

Are genetically modified organism (GMO) foods safe? Information that is being spread widely on the Internet draws that into question, especially e-mails and videos about a recent report published in Food and Chemical Toxicology. “The first-ever lifetime feeding study evaluating the health risks of genetically engineered foods was published online on Sept. 19, and the results are troubling, to say ...

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AT&T launches 4G LTE in Jackson

AT&T, the nation’s largest 4G network, has turned on its 4G LTE network in Jackson, according to a news release from the company. The Dallas-based telecommunications giant says the new service will bring customers the latest generation of wireless network technology including faster speeds, new devices and spectrum efficiency. “LTE technology is capable of delivering mobile Internet speeds up to ...

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