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CARTER: Wicker, Cochran turn backs on veterans in time of dire need

  Forgive Mississippi’s veterans if they don’t return the insincere salutes rendered this Veterans Day by senators Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran. Veterans returning from a decade of conflict face unemployment in numbers at least 10 percent higher than the rest of us. They need help. The $1 billion Veterans Jobs Corps Act was designed to provide it. Over its ...

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Mardi Gras, Super Bowl prompts oil spill trial postponement

NEW ORLEANS  — A federal judge — citing the distractions of Mardi Gras and the Super Bowl — has postponed the trial designed to identify causes of the BP well blowout that spawned the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico. The trial had been scheduled to start Jan. 14, but U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier said Friday that it ...

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Settlement reached in federal lawsuit over mill explosion

REDWOOD — A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit brought by a man who was injured in a deadly explosion at an International Paper Co. mill in Mississippi in 2008. Jeb D. Slade settled his lawsuit after a hearing yesterday in U.S. District Court in Natchez. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The lawsuit was filed ...

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Ex-teller accused of stealing for drugs pleads innocent

GULFPORT — A Biloxi woman has pleaded not guilty to stealing $80,980 from a bank’s vault while she was employed as a vault teller. The Sun Herald reports 29-year-old Ashley Ann Keel entered her plea yesterday in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. Her trial is set for Dec. 3. Magistrate Judge Robert H. Walker ordered her held without bond Sept. ...

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Sharp adds Delta company to nationwide network

CLARKSDALE — Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, reports Southern Duplicating of Mississippi has joined its nationwide network of authorized dealers. As part of the agreement, Southern Duplicating will now offer a range of integrated technology solutions, including Sharp’s portfolio of copiers and multifunction printers. Billy Steen, general manager, Southern Duplicating, said  “Our ...

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Farmers concerned about disease that threatens bats

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Bats, an organic method of pest control, may become rare in the United States and Canada. The primary predators of night-flying insects, bats reduce the need for chemical pesticides and save the agriculture industry an estimated $3 billion per year in pest-control costs. But bat populations across the Eastern United States are decreasing at alarming rates because ...

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Lawmakers going to court to block NAACP lawsuit

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are going to federal court to oppose a lawsuit the state NAACP filed over redistricting. The suit seeks to block new state House and Senate districts that were drawn by lawmakers earlier this year and approved by the U.S. Justice Department in September. The suit by the state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement ...

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State auditors sifting through files at Marine Resources

BILOXI — Officials from the State Auditor’s Office were at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources offices in Biloxi yesterday, sifting through files in the executive director’s office. Lauren Thompson, DMR director of communications, told The Sun Herald the State Auditor’s Office is conducting an investigation. The nature of the investigation is not clear. The State Auditor’s Office refused to ...

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Missing woman suspected of embezzlement arrested in Texas

HAZLEHURST — A Central Mississippi sheriff says a local woman wanted for embezzlement has been arrested in East Texas. Linda Gale Reed disappeared in late April and her relatives feared she might be dead. Reed, 65, was picked up yesterday morning in Longview, Texas, and was in jail last night in Copiah County. Copiah County Sheriff Harold Jones said Reed ...

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Officials eyeing Coast for post-Isaac solutions

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Federal and Louisiana officials, looking for housing solutions for Hurricane Isaac-damaged parishes, are studying post-Hurricane Katrina housing built in Mississippi. Jon Mabry of the Mississippi Development Authority’s Disaster Recovery Division led a tour of post-disaster housing complexes Wednesday, answering questions for representatives of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, FEMA and Louisiana disaster recovery ...

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