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Moonshine & Mojo Hands: The Mississippi Blues Series

The creators of the award-winning documentaries M For Mississippi and We Juke Up in Here hope to return in 2013 with Moonshine & Mojo Hands, a new weekly web-TV series dedicated to the rude, rowdy – and often ridiculous – world of Mississippi blues. Ride shotgun with hosts Roger Stolle and Jeff Konkel as they travel the Delta’s back roads ...

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Tunica casino revenues a concern for state gaming officials

When Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Tuesday creating the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau, John Hairston saw the occasion as more than a tourism bill for three coast counties. For the chairman of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, it is both a step in reviving the Tunica County casino and a preemptive strike in keeping the coast ...

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MEMA: Severe weather threatening north and central Mississippi

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is asking residents to prepare for severe weather this afternoon and evening. According to the National Weather Service, an approaching cold front will bring the possibility of strong tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding. The latest NWS forecast calls for the threat of severe weather moving into the state around 4 p.m. and ...

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Cooperative raising rates due to Kemper plant costs

MERIDIAN — East Mississippi Electric Power Association is raising rates for some customers because of higher wholesale power rates charged by Mississippi Power Co. to cover the costs of its Kemper County power plant. The Meridian-based electric cooperative says customers in Lauderdale, Clarke, Newton, Wayne and Jasper counties will see power rates rise by 9.3 percent starting with May bills. ...

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CRAWFORD: Truth management (like recent NRA study) manipulates beliefs

Since the earliest days of civilization “truth management” has been practiced by governments, religions, and powerful organizations to further their own interests. Today, the practice of truth management has proliferated to organizations throughout the United States, including Mississippi. Envision a persuasion scheme that integrates widespread publicity, rampant disinformation, and tailored “truths.” You get the picture. For example, our Defense Department ...

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Tonight’s Taste of Fondren moved indoors to Fondren Corner

A threat of severe stormy weather has led Fondren Renaissance to move tonight’s Taste of Fondren to Fondren Corner. The ticketed event will get under way at 6 p.m. The Taste of Fondren is a benefit for the continuing arts and education efforts of the foundation and will highlight “all things Fondren.” Area restaurants will be presenting their favorite and ...

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AP: Ricin mail suspect described body-parts conspiracy

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man accused of mailing letters with suspected ricin to national leaders believed he had uncovered a conspiracy to sell human body parts on the black market and sometimes performed as an Elvis Presley impersonator. Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, was arrested Wednesday at his home in Corinth, near the Tennessee state line about 50 miles ...

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EMEPA says some rates increase because of Kemper Power Plant

East Mississippi Electric Association is raising rates for some customers because of higher wholesale power rates charged by Mississippi Power Co. to cover the costs of its Kemper County power plant. The Meridian-based electric cooperative says customers in Lauderdale, Clarke, Newton, Wayne and Jasper counties will see power rates rise by 9.3 percent starting with May bills. EMEPA buys wholesale ...

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Circuit clerk's pay issue results in lawsuit, countersuit

VICKSBURG — Trading one debt in the circuit clerk’s office to pay off another in time for Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree to win a third term was a big deal to her in 2011. So much so, that it was written in a letter to state auditors agreeing to the swap. “Pursuant to our phone conversation, I want to again ...

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Stolen Katrina-related recovery funds returned to FEMA

KILN — More than $1.1 million in stolen taxpayer money has been returned to FEMA in a forfeiture order against former Hancock County road manager Roger Joe Ladner of Kiln. U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis tells The Sun Herald his office has returned the money Ladner took in a conspiracy to steal from the government. Ladner and three relatives were ...

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