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Weather Channel apologizes for Hattiesburg name goof

Eventually, The Weather Channel will learn its Mississippi geography. The weather network has apologized for referring to Hattiesburg as Johannesburg, MS, in its post-tornado coverage Monday. During Hurricane Issac, the network upset many when it referred to Mississippi as the “Land Mass between New Orleans and Mobile,” prompting a Facebook page by that name. The Weather Channel apology said: “Thank ...

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Clinton mayor wants competition – not politics — to decide DOR issue

Clinton Mayor Rosemary Aultman very much wants the Mississippi Department of Revenue to move its headquarters to the former WorldCom headquarters, now South Point Business Park. What Aultman says she doesn’t want, however, is for legislative politics to decide the outcome. If the DOR moves to Clinton’s South Pointe, she wants her town to win the competition on its merits ...

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Hospital sets transplant record; looking to break it

JACKSON – Teams at the University of Mississippi Medical Center transplanted a record 103 kidneys last year, a figure they could surpass in 2013 even while preparing to restart liver transplantations following a 22-year hiatus. “This record stands as a benchmark as we work toward becoming a complete abdominal-organ transplant center,” said Dr. James Keeton, UMMC vice chancellor for health ...

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Company accused of dumping oil in Gulf of Mexico

GULF OF MEXICO — The Justice Department is suing a Houston, Texas-based company it accuses of illegally discharging oil from a platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The federal lawsuit says ATP Oil & Gas Corp.’s alleged Clean Water Act violations were discovered during an Interior Department inspection in March 2012. The suit claims ATP failed to properly operate and ...

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Another series of tests on J-2X engine slated for Stennis

HANCOCK COUNTY — NASA’s has a new round of upcoming tests on the next-generation J-2X rocket engine, which will help power the agency’s Space Launch System (SLS) to new destinations in the solar system. Beginning this month, engineers will conduct a series of tests on the second J-2X development engine, designated number 10002, on the A-2 Test Stand at NASA’s ...

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Former Appeals judge dies on Coast at age 71

OCEAN SPRINGS — Retired Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge William Harbin Myers, 71, of Ocean Springs died Feb. 7, 2013. Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. said, “Judge Myers performed his duties with dignity, timeliness and scholarship. His pleasant demeanor and sense of humor will be missed by all.” Myers’ career of public service spanned nearly 20 years. ...

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Coaching/consulting firm named best in nation by magazine

JACKSON — Entrepreneur Magazine has named The Growth Coach of Metro-Jackson the top business coaching and consulting franchise for 2013. Entrepreneur Magazine recently released the 2013 “Top 500 Franchise” list, ranking The Growth Coach franchise system as the number one nationwide as well as in its top 250 franchises overall. This is the eighth straight year The Growth Coach, as ...

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State producers bullish on future of peanut crop

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi producers expect peanuts to remain a strong commodity in years to come with a steady global demand and new marketing opportunities. “The demand for peanuts will stay in place because of global economics and population,” said Mike Phillips, plant and soil sciences department head at Mississippi State University. “International markets rely on the United States for ...

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Court sides with city in infrastructure-financing case

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi Supreme Court has thrown out a lawsuit challenging how the city of Starkville is paying for infrastructure improvements. The Supreme Court sided with the city which had contended local resident William McGovern waited too long to appeal a chancellor’s ruling in favor of Starkville’s municipal facility construction plan. Chancellor Jim Davidson threw out McGovern’s lawsuit on ...

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Parades to roll on Coast today despite bad weather

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Fat Tuesday parades on the Mississippi Gulf Coast will roll as scheduled today despite the chance of rain, organizers say. Most areas carry at least an 80 percent chance of rain Tuesday. “We’re going to roll rain or shine,” Nancy Rogers, of the Gulf Coast Carnival Association, tells The Mississippi Press. “Bring your raincoats and umbrellas ...

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