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Dems vow ‘blockade’ of PERS revamp plan

Proclaiming that a full scale attack on the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi is soon to be underway at the Capitol, Democratic legislators gathered Tuesday to pledge a fight to the finish on the issue. “We’re going to be a blockade,” declared House Minority Leader Bobby Moak at the close of a late morning press conference called in response ...

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Where the antelope mate: La. parish to become breeding ground for endangered animals

The Audubon Nature Institute and San Diego Zoo Global were expected to announce Tuesday the development of a breeding program for rare and endangered species on 1,000 acres south of this city, bringing herds of antelope, okapi and Masai giraffe to graze on the banks of the Mississippi River, the New York Times reports. The breeding site, which will be ...

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Commissioners terminate state agency's executive director

BILOXI — Bill Walker has been dismissed as the executive director of the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources. The decision came today in a unanimous vote from members of the Commission on Marine Resources. CMR vice chairman Jimmy Taylor made the motion to terminate Walker “for cause.” There was no additional discussion before the vote. “In light of continuing information ...

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Ice storm warning extended through tomorrow morning

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — An ice storm warning is effect until tomorrow morning for parts of northern Mississippi. That area includes the cities of Clarksdale, Corinth, Oxford and Tunica. Other parts of the Mississippi Delta were under an ice storm warning until today at 6 p.m., but forecasters say it’s possible it could be extended. Daniel Lamb, a meteorologist with the ...

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Wicker to oppose Hagel nomination

JACKSON — U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, a Republican from Mississippi, says he will oppose the nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel to be defense secretary. Wicker is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which will hold confirmation hearings on Hagel’s nomination. Wicker says in a statement that Hagel has a flawed vision for America’s role in the world ...

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AG reminding consumers of settlement deadline

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is reminding Mississippians that all claims applications covered by the National Mortgage Settlement are due Jan. 18. The State of Mississippi joined 49 other states in a $25-billion joint state-federal mortgage servicing settlement with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers over unacceptable mortgage servicing practices. Mississippi was awarded $47.1 million in relief for eligible ...

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NASA awards Space Launch System grant to MSU

STARKVILLE — NASA has awarded grants to nine universities for advanced development activities for the nation’s next heavy-lift rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS). The agency is providing approximately $2.25 million that will be shared by all the proposals under this NASA Research Announcement to seek solutions to evolve the launch vehicle from its initial lift capability to a larger, ...

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Choice Hotels adds Miss. properties for undisclosed sum

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Choice Hotels International has added 46 hotels to its family of brands. Under an agreement reached with affiliates of Colony Capital, LLC, including Colony Financial Inc., and hospitality management company Aimbridge Hospitality, the properties will be franchised under the Quality Inn, Comfort Inn and Econo Lodge brands. The addition of these hotels, which all formerly operated as ...

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AP makes corrections to story on Entergy Nuclear

In a story Jan. 13 about the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, The Associated Press reported erroneously how much power the plant supplies to Vermont. The plant currently supplies a small fraction of Vermont’s power, not a third, as it used to before a contract expired last March. The story also erroneously reported when the plant’s state certificate to operate ...

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Restaurant warns customers of possible fraud

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — A Georgia-based restaurant firm says suspicious computer files have been found at some of its locations, prompting it to warn customers about the potential for fraud. Zaxby’s Franchising Inc. said in a statement that the suspicious files might have resulted in unauthorized access to credit and debit card information at more than 100 stores. The Athens-based firm ...

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