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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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Board of Contractors, AG warn of crooked contractors

JACKSON — Following a series of recent storms, the Mississippi State Board of Contractors (MSBOC) and the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office (MSAGO) are joining forces to send a message to crooked contractors that bad business won’t be tolerated in the Magnolia State and violators will be prosecuted. “Mississippi has been hit hard by storms in 2013, everything from tornadoes to ...

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Councilman says donation is legal, won't repay money

TUPELO — A city councilman, who is running for re-election, says he will not return a $250 donation from Waste Management Inc. because there was nothing illegal about it. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Tupelo Councilman Mike Bryan accepted a $250 contribution in February from Waste Management, which currently picks up trash for the city. With the contract expiring ...

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One of city's oldest buildings gets new owners

NATCHEZ — A new owner plans to breathe new life into one of Natchez’s oldest structures. Natchez native, chef and restaurateur Regina Charboneau, her husband Doug and their son Jean Luc recently purchased King’s Tavern. Over the next several months, the family plans to clean up the property and eventually reopen the restaurant as early as September. King’s Tavern, also ...

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