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Huffington Post report portrays Miss. homicide forensics as deeply flawed

The way forensics are handled in the courtroom has become a persistent problem across the country, not just in Mississippi. The one difference in Mississippi has been the obstinacy of state officials to acknowledge the problem, the Huffington Post reports in a lengthy investigative article centered on the investigative and forensics shortcomings involved in the investigation of the 1997 Belzoni ...

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Webb: Economy growing slowly, 'boring'

JACKSON — An expert says Mississippi’s economy is growing slowly but still lags behind the pace of the U.S. economy overall. State economist Darrin Webb spoke to lawmakers at the Capitol today. He says the state and nation have a “boring kind of economy” right now, with slow job growth and shaky consumer confidence. Webb says Mississippi was one of ...

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AAA rates city as one of best to visit in 2013

VICKSBURG — AAA Southern Traveler and AAA Midwest Traveler has named Vicksburg one of the top 13 places to visit in 2013. Other destinations named include Christchurch, New Zealand, the Dominican Republic, Ireland, Mexico, Orlando, Panama, San Francisco, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Las Vegas. Vicksburg will host a number of Civil War sesquicentennial commemoration events. For a ...

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Study finds Mississippians love dogs; cats not so much

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently released its U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook, which revealed that Mississippi ranks sixth for dog ownership with 45.2 percent of households owning a dog. In 2006, which was the last time the AVMA put together the sourcebook, Mississippi made the bottom 10 list of pet owners, ranking 42nd with ...

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University, steelmaker strike new R&D partnership

STARKVILLE —Mississippi State University and steelmaker Severstal North America (SNA) has established a research partnership aimed at helping grow the region’s high-tech manufacturing economy and foster national and international participation in ferrous alloy education and development. MSU’s Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems and SNA recently launched the Steel Research Center to establish and operate a steelmaking technology hub. “We plan ...

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Study: Capital City's pension plan one of worst in U.S.

JACKSON — Sixty-one key cities across America, including Jackson, have emerged from the Great Recession with a gap of more than $217 billion between what they had promised their workers in pensions and retiree health care and what they had saved to pay that bill, according to a report released by The Pew Charitable Trusts. The report includes the most populous ...

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MUW enrolls first doctorate of nursing class

COLUMBUS — Mississippi University for Women has enrolled its first class in the newly approved doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) program. MUW opened the first master’s level nurse practitioner program in Mississippi and began admitting students in 1975. MUW’s doctoral program will provide studies in areas such as advanced diagnostic methods, advanced radiology, pharmacology and medically oriented anatomy and physiology ...

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Historic courthouse destroyed in predawn fire

WALTHALL — A predawn fire today has gutted the Webster County courthouse. The two-story courthouse was built in 1915. The town of Walthall is located just north of Eupora on Mississippi Highway 9 Eupora Fire Chief Richard Love says the call came in to the Emergency 911 Center about 2:20 a.m. He says the southwest corner of the building showed ...

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City's skyline, square could make National Register

HOUSTON — The historic skyline of Houston and the courthouse square could soon be listed on the National Register. An initial survey has already been done and has been submitted to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Public input and support is now being sought for the designation. “We will have people from the MDAH come and explain this ...

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Demolition begins of historic downtown building

PASACGOULA — Crews are tearing down the Brumfield’s Building, a fixture in downtown Pascagoula since the 1920s. Hurricane Isaac damaged its roof, which caused damage to walls. The family corporation that owns it determined the cost would be too high to save the building, which was a bank before it became a premier men’s clothing store under the ownership of ...

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