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Leaders of ag panels dispute GAO claim of duplicate foreign catfish inspections

The Government Accounting Office is muddying the waters with its claim that the government is unnecessarily doubling up on imported catfish inspections, say Republican leaders on both the House and Senate agriculture committees. The GAO insists needless duplication is occurring with mandates that both the Food & Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture handle catfish inspections. House Agriculture Chairman ...

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Corrections shutting down work centers to cut costs

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Four communities will lose inmate laborers when the state closes local community work centers on July 15. The Mississippi Department of Corrections will close community work centers in Rosedale, Yazoo City, Fayette and Lucedale. Inmates in the centers do chores for local governments. MDOC commissioner Christopher Epps says it was a matter of money. Inmates at the ...

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Beachcombers can look for research project's 'drift cards'

GULF OF MEXICO — A Texas A&M University research program could put cash in a finder’s pocket for something that washes ashore along the Gulf of Mexico. So-called “drift cards” are meant to study ocean currents. People who report the location of the biodegradable notes will be eligible to win a $25 gift card. Piers Chapman, who is head of ...

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OUR VIEW: Jeopardizing a visitor industry for little in return

The Mississippi Business Journal over the years has chronicled the exodus of Mississippi corporations, trade associations and non-profit groups to Alabama’s Orange Beach and Gulf Shores and Florida’s Panhandle for their conventions and trade shows. While we lamented the loss of hospitality dollars to our state, we conceded the lure of the sparkling sand beaches and seaside golf courses these ...

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Pastrami and perseverance: Grocer shows American spirit

After days and days and days (etc.) of seemingly endless tragic news, there is an item out of California that should not only put a smile on your face, but also reaffirm your faith in Americans’ ability to persevere — and profit. The story involves a burglary of a grocery store last month in Redding, Calif. The store’s security cameras ...

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Massive LNG storage tank makes journey to Coast

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Motorists in South Mississippi had a “little” something to watch out for yesterday. Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) officials and local law enforcement officers assisted MEF Transportation, LLC in moving an empty liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage tank from the Louisiana state line at Natchez to Seaway Road in Gulfport. This 190 ton load was 22 feet ...

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SBA offering disaster loans to tornado victims

NOXUBEE COUNTY — The Small Business Administration is offering disaster loans to residents and business owners in Noxubee County affected by a tornado that severely damaged parts of Shuqualak on April 12. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency has reported 49 homes and 12 businesses were either destroyed or damaged as a result of the storm. The SBA has set up ...

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Hailstorm claims exceed $209M; Chaney expects more

METRO JACKSON — The latest report from Mississippi’s major insurance carriers on the March hailstorm to the Mississippi Insurance Department (MID) shows that both claim and payment numbers continue to rise. As of the April 15 reporting period over 56,000 homeowner and automobile damage claims have been filed and claims payments are at $209.4 million, according to the MID. “Companies ...

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Southern's earnings impacted by increased Kemper plant cost

ATLANTA — Southern Company, the parent of Mississippi Power Co., reports first quarter 2013 earnings of $81 million, or 9 cents a share, compared with earnings of $368 million, or 42 cents a share, in the first quarter of 2012. The first quarter results include two charges against earnings – a $333-million (38 cents per share) after-tax charge related to ...

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