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Storm system leaves death, destruction

SHUQUALAK — A strong spring storm that socked the Midwest with ice and heavy, wet snow made its way east, raking the South with tornadoes Thursday, with three deaths blamed on the rough weather and thousands of people without power. Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesman Greg Flynn said Thursday one person died and several people were injured after a reported ...

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2014 to bring new push for required financial literacy instruction

There’s always next year, says Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch of her campaign to require financial literacy training in the state’s public schools. The effort gained easy passage in the House but failed to get a vote in the Senate, a circumstance she thinks could be related to a misconception that financial literacy is already widely taught in Mississippi schools. “Sen. ...

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The Way, Way Back promises to be great movie

Here is the trailer for the new movie The Way, Way Back, which has Mississippi ties. The film’s plot synopsis, courtesy of Apple: THE WAY, WAY BACK is the funny and poignant coming-of-age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter Steph (Zoe Levin). Having ...

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(UPDATE) Storm system leaves one dead; assessments continuing

SHUQUALAK — Damage assessments were continuing this morning after a deadly tornado and other severe weather pounded Mississippi and other states. In Kemper County, where one person died and five were injured, Emergency Management Agency director Ben Dudley said officials hope to have a better understanding of the amount of damage later today. » Links to tornado footage from Weather ...

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Telecom rolling out upgrades to eight cities this summer

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — AT&T plans to roll out 4G LTE to eight communities this summer, The cities are Biloxi, Cleveland, Corinth, Greenwood, Gulfport, Meridian, New Albany and Philadelphia. C.D. Smith, regional director, AT&T Mississippi said that “teams will be working hard across these cities toward our upcoming 4G LTE launch.”

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Naval air base becomes one of first to be named StormReady

MERIDIAN — The Naval Air Station in Meridian is the fourth government or military site to earn the National Weather Service’s StormReady designation in Mississippi, according to the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency. Mississippi has 26 counties, 15 communities, four state universities and four government/military sites designated as StormReady in Mississippi. StormReady is a nationwide program of the National Weather Service ...

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Catfish group 'stunned' by report from GAO, White House

INDIANOLA — Catfish Farmers of America (CFA) are disputing a recent report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Obama Administration that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) catfish inspections are a “duplicative program” and should be eliminated. “Catfish Farmers of America is stunned by the misinformation recently distributed by the GAO and White House regarding USDA catfish inspections,” said ...

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Automaker's workforce to get pay raise this fall

CANTON — Nissan Motor Co. will raise pay for its employees in Mississippi and Tennessee. The company has told its employees it will increase their wages starting in October at its Canton and Smyrna, Tenn., assembly plants, as well as its Decherd, Tenn., engine plant. Nissan says pay will go up by 55 cents an hour for production employees and ...

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USM Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation co-hosts workshop

Weigh-in-motion technology and interagency coordination was the main topic of discussion recently at the Spring 2013 Regional Workshop hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation and the Gulf Region Intelligent Transportation Society. The workshop was sponsored by Temple, Inc. and Neel-Schaffer and was held at USM’s Hattiesburg campus. “I think this was an excellent ...

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