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Not enough eligible businesses are filing for BP oil spill settlements

Billions of dollars have been set aside by oil giant BP Oil to compensate businesses damaged by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. You don’t have to be in the seafood business or even a business on the Coast to qualify. Businesses throughout the state that show a pattern of less revenue during the period when ...

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Memphis restaurant caught mislabeling catfish

A Memphis television station recently reported that The Dixie Café was selling Vietnamese farmed pangasius labeled as “catfish” and failed to properly identify the fish to consumers. Under federal law, only American channel catfish (ictalurus) may be sold as catfish. The FDA said it only physically inspects between one and two percent of fish imports, meaning 98 percent or more ...

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Mississippi and abortion the subject of one national political columnist

In this column, Robert Shrum says sensible Republicans seeking to renew the viability of a conservative party that seems out of touch after a stinging defeat at the polls are being denounced as ‘heretics.’ Shrum says the party might never find its way back. Later in the piece, Shrum says … One of Limbaugh’s targets, Steve Schmidt, a veteran of ...

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Backers say GEO Project saving state millions of dollars

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University Extension Service reports an advanced database training project conducted by Extension is saving the state millions of dollars, improving skills and making jobs easier. The Geospatial Education and Outreach Project began working with local and state government agencies across Mississippi in June 2006. By November 2012, more than 2,600 people from more than 60 counties ...

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Report: State ranks near top in U.S. in antibiotic use

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Research revealed during “Get Smart Week” shows that California joined Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington as the five states with the lowest antibiotic use in the nation in 2010. “Get Smart Week” is a national partnership launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics. The five states with ...

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City looking for parking space to meet casino lease

NATCHEZ — The city of Natchez is eyeing the gravel lot next to the Margaret Martin Performing Arts Center for parking it must provide to Magnolia Bluffs Casino in accordance with the lease between the casino and the city. Mayor Butch Brown tells The Natchez Democrat the parking lot is currently the most logical option for the 100 parking spaces ...

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McAlister's sees revenue increase driven by entree sales

RIDGELAND — McAlister’s Deli reports same-store sales increased 7 percent during the third quarter of 2012. Company-owned restaurants were up 6.9 percent and franchise restaurants were up 7 percent. McAlister’s says sales performance was driven by a 5.8 percent increase in entree sales, which is a good measure of traffic gains. For the first three quarters of 2012, system comparable ...

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OSHA cites manufacturer after two workers are killed

PASCAGOULA — Mississippi Phosphates Corp. has been cited by the government for 40 safety and health violations following the deaths of two workers in separate incidents at the company’s Pascagoula plant. Occupational Safety and Health Administration say in a news release it has proposed penalties of $165,900. The company has 10 days to appeal. On May 22, an operator died ...

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Businesses asking for help as river approaches historic low

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Businesses that move products on the Mississippi River continue to seek the government’s help as the river approaches historic lows. The Army Corps of Engineers last Friday began reducing the outflow from an upper Missouri River reservoir to ease drought conditions in that part of the country. The move will reduce the amount of water flowing into ...

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Authorities: Teacher test-cheating scandal 'brazen'

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It was a brazen and surprisingly long-lived scheme, authorities said, to help aspiring public school teachers cheat on the tests they must pass to prove they are qualified to lead their classrooms. For 15 years, teachers in three Southern states paid Clarence Mumford Sr. — himself a longtime educator — to send someone else to take the ...

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