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County borrowing to buy land from alternative fuels company

NATCHEZ — Adams County will borrow the $9 million it now needs to buy the former International Paper property from Rentech. County officials announced earlier this week they had reached a deal with Rentech for the 478-acre property. Officials tell the Natchez Democrat the board of supervisors will adopt a resolution to issue bonds for the $9 million. Local residents will ...

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School officials struggle with overcrowded classrooms

HERNANDO — DeSoto County school officials will not move students around the district this fall but will find some way to use existing buildings to deal with a growing enrollment. With more than 30,000 students in more than 40 schools across the county, DeSoto County Schools is Mississippi’s largest public district. Crowding has been a constant problem for the district ...

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Sign-up for aid for Isaac victims ends this month

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding businesses in Mississippi that working capital loans are still available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations affected by Hurricane Isaac. The deadline is May 30. Economic Injury Disaster Loans up to $2 million are available at 3 percent for private ...

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Governor unveils Coast projects funded by BP money

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — BP PLC is paying $69 million for interactive exhibits at a Hancock County science center, a concrete pathway on the beach at Pascagoula, up to six miles of shoreline and improvements at a park as part of Mississippi Gulf Coast restoration from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Gov. Phil Bryant said. The money is part of ...

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Rains making for tense weekend in Central, South Miss.

With rain still falling, residents in Central and South Mississippi are watching area rivers and creeks rise, prompting officials to issue numerous warnings and seemingly countless flood watches and advisories. Large parts of Central Mississippi, the Pine Belt and Gulf Coast are at risk, and it could be really tense starting this weekend in Jackson and surrounding communities. The National ...

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Ricin-laced letters case going to grand jury

OXFORD — A dust mask that tested positive for ricin also contained DNA from a Mississippi man suspected of sending poison-laced letters to President Obama and others, an FBI agent testified today. The testimony came during a preliminary hearing for James Everett Dutschke, 41, who was arrested Saturday at his home in Tupelo and charged with making ricin, the same ...

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Rain still slowing rice planting; uncertainty grows on crop selection

Mississippi rice growers have yet to get a quarter of their crop planted but have started May in a holding pattern as rain across the Mid South has forced many growers from their fields. Brandon-based AgFax Media reported Thursday that more cold weather heading into the region will further delay emergence where rice has been planted in the last several ...

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Gov. Bryant announces $69 million in Gulf restoration projects

JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant today announced $69 million in early restoration projects for the Mississippi Gulf Coast following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The projects are part of early restoration activities identified as “Phase III” of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) and bring Mississippi’s early restoration total to $82.6 million. “From day one after the spill, we have ...

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AP: T-Mobile USA acquires MetroPCS

(AP) T-Mobile USA has closed its deal to acquire smaller rival MetroPCS. The combined company, called T-Mobile US, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday under the ticker symbol “TMUS.” T-Mobile, the country’s fourth-largest cellphone carrier, is adding 9 million MetroPCS customers to its own 34 million. The combined company still lags No. 3 Sprint Nextel in size. Under ...

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Hattiesburg Clinic marks half-century of Pine Belt health care

Hattiesburg Clinic will celebrate 50 years of service to the community on May 1, 2013. The clinic was established on May 1, 1963 when 10 physicians partnered with a mission to focus on excellence and service to the patient. Today, Hattiesburg Clinic is the state’s largest privately owned specialty outpatient facility. While the Clinic has grown to over 300 physicians ...

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