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Anti-Lane Linger Enforcement: A law we could learn to love here

Georgia is considering a law we can only hope speedily finds its way from Atlanta’s Gold Dome, west on Interstate-20 through Alabama and on to Mississippi’s Capitol in Jackson. Call it the “Get Out of the Way” law drafted in a state where left lane slow-pokes are typically advised to “either run with the big dogs or get back on ...

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Mississippi high court lets Toyota ruling stand

The Mississippi Supreme Court has changed its mind and will not hear an appeal from the family of a man left a quadriplegic after he crashed a Toyota pickup truck in DeSoto County in 2001. The Supreme Court says Thursday it has reviewed court documents again and saw no reason to hear an appeal from the family of Shenandoah Clark. ...

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Report: Visitors spent $93M along Natchez Trace

TUPELO — A new National Park Service (NPS) report for 2011 shows that 5.7 million recreational visitors to the Natchez Trace Parkway spent $93 million in the communities surrounding the Park. This spending supported over 1,200 jobs in the local area. The statistical information for the Parkway is part of a peer-reviewed spending analysis of national park visitors across the ...

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Man gets time for role in stolen equipment ring

NATCHEZ — Federal court records say Michael Fralick has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison in a scheme to purchase trucks, tractors and other equipment stolen from dealers in Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Fralick was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Natchez. He and Jory Sam Tantillo were indicted in February 2012 by a federal grand jury ...

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City councilman calls unfinished casino 'eyesore'

BILOXI — The city of Biloxi is seeking authority from the Legislature to deal with blighted commercial property. Its target is Caesars Entertainment’s unfinished casino on the beach on U.S. Highway 90. The city had authority until last September when a law expired to clean commercial buildings and multi-family housing complexes damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Harrah’s Entertainment, now ...

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College Board confirms LaForge as Delta State president

William “Bill” LaForge is the new president of Delta State University. The College Board voted unanimously Thursday in a meeting in Cleveland to appoint LaForge as Delta State’s eighth president. The vote comes after LaForge met with campus groups. LaForge is a 62-year-old Washington, D.C., lobbyist and former president of DSU’s alumni association. He is a Cleveland native and his ...

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Blazon Tube shuttering plant in April

WEST POINT — Twenty-five people will lose their jobs when a welded steel tubing production company shuts down April 1 in West Point. The Daily Times Leader reports Blazon Tube Co. had 75 employees at one time. It had announced in August of 2011 that it might close and since then 50 employees have left. The management team of Leggett ...

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Michelle Obama, Rachael Ray mark three years of Let's Move

First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday congratulated this Southern state for a more than 13 percent drop in its child obesity rates, saying its example should inspire the rest of the country. It’s the reason she made Mississippi the first stop on a two-day tour to promote her signature effort, the anti-childhood obesity campaign she launched three years ago called ...

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Senate Rejects Last Sequester Bills

Time for Plan B! Wait, there is no Plan B? As expected, the Senate rejected rival bills aimed at preventing the looming sequester Thursday, meaning that $85 billion in automatic spending cuts will almost definitely kick in on Friday. Bills introduced by both Democrats and Republicans failed to receive the necessary 60 votes to pass. With no other plan in ...

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L-3 Vertex wins U.S. Army aviation contract

MADISON — A Madison, Miss., company has a $48.2 million Army contract for aviation maintenance. A Pentagon news release said L-3 Vertex Aerospace LLC is to do the work by July 28 in Savannah, Ga.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; and Fort Campbell, Ky. The statement says the U.S. Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., solicited the bid.

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