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MSU Animal Health Center saves dachshund after near fatal coyote attack

Here is a dog story with a tragic start but a happy ending. When Dutch, a miniature dachshund, arrived at Mississippi State University’s Animal Health Center at the College of Veterinary Medicine, he was lucky to be alive. “Most people would have put him to sleep, but I thought he had a chance,” said Dr. Robert Shamblin, Dutch’s owner and ...

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Murdered mayoral candidate was beaten, burned

CLARKSDALE — The family of a slain Mississippi mayoral candidate says he was beaten and burned. Marco McMillian’s godfather, Carter Womack, said today the information came from the Coahoma County coroner. The coroner declined to comment. Womack said the family was told McMillian’s body was dragged under a fence and left near a Mississippi River levee last week. A person ...

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Mayor nixes sports project; says legal woes were non-factor

VICKSBURG — After almost two years of pushing for a sports complex for Vicksburg, Mayor Paul Winfield has shelved the project. Winfield cited deadlines for local bills in the Legislature and “other political dynamics,” such as the city’s municipal elections, as reasons for postponing the project. He told The Vicksburg Post his legal problems, which include pending bribery charges, had ...

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Council to debate new ordinances for nightclubs

TUPELO — The Tupelo City Council is set to consider tighter controls on nightclubs in hopes of reducing repeated disturbances that have kept police busy. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the ordinance will be considered tomorrow. It would apply to all nightclubs — broadly defined as any establishment that serves alcoholic beverages and provides entertainment, such as music, games, ...

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Cochran co-sponsors bill streamlining SBA's response time

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., and Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., have introduced a bill designed to make U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) disaster programs more responsive to the needs of small businesses impacted by disasters. The bill is also co-sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark. According to a release from Landrieu’s office, ...

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City, new casino get off to bumpy start over signage

NATCHEZ — The president of a casino in Natchez said he plans to meet with Mayor Butch Brown about banners advertising the casino. The Natchez Democrat reports the city took down banners directing customers to the Magnolia Bluffs Casino at the bottom of Roth Hill in Natchez last Friday. But the casino soon replaced them. Natchez officials said the casino ...

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Another county eligible for post-tornado assistance

JEFFERSON DAVIS COUNTY — Residents and businesses in Jefferson Davis County affected by the severe storms, flooding and tornadoes of Feb. 10 are now eligible to apply for federal disaster assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has been working hard with our local, state, federal and nonprofit partners to find assistance wherever it is ...

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Trustees of bankrupt casino want to auction off boat, inventory

VICKSBURG — The trustee in the bankruptcy liquidation case of a closed Vicksburg casino boat has requested that the vessel and some of its inventory be auctioned. The Vicksburg Post reports creditors of the closed Grand Station Casino will go before a court-appointed trustee on April 5 as the case proceeds. Trustee Stephen Smith continued a creditors’ meeting set Friday ...

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Zacharias, longtime MSU president, dies at 77

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University’s 15th president, Donald W. Zacharias, has died of complications from multiple sclerosis, the university said yesterday. He was 77. He died late Saturday night, said daughter-in-law Sarah Zacharias of Boulder, Colo. Zacharias was president from 1985-97. Only founding president Stephen D. Lee served longer, the university said in a news release. “Donald Zacharias was a ...

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Old depot to begin new life as shopping destination this week

GULFPORT — The city of Gulfport is trying to turn what was once a busy train depot into a shopping destination. The historic old train depot in downtown Gulfport stopped operating in the early 1950s. Since then, it has served as a temporary site for a restaurant and a museum. The city spent about half a million dollars bringing the ...

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