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Rain, cold cause crop plantings to lag far behind

Weather weirdness has become the new normal for Mississippi farmers this spring as they watch for forecasts of warm, dry days they would routinely expect in most years. Even before temperatures in the low 40s or even lower combined with the near daily rainfall, planting averages were falling far below last year’s levels and levels based on 5-year averages. U.S. ...

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Froyo y’all: Couple brings 'delicious' dessert to Delta

The next time you’re on Cotton Row in Cleveland look for the two teachers serving frozen yogurt. Suzette Matthews and her fiancée Matty Bengloff decided to open up Delta Dairy Frozen Yogurt in April to introduce the region to a dessert that’s easily found in other college towns in Mississippi. “I dream of yogurt every night,” says co-owner Matthews. “I ...

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Casinos on the watch for thieves, cheats and scams

BILOXI, Mississippi – The side of a casino operation familiar to most people is the one that aims to keep customers playing, entertained and well fed. On the other, less visible side is a full out effort to protect the casino’s bottom line by catching cheaters and fighting against fraud. Panelists at the Southern Gaming Summit session entitled “Thieves, cheats ...

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BOOK BIZ: Intrigue, code breaking, mystery at No. 10 Downing Street

Mr. Churchill’s Secretary is a work of fiction, but there are enough historical figures and facts to make it authentic. It’s a blend of fact and fiction. The author researched many sources, including journals and other accounts written by real people who worked on Winston Churchill’s staff during the turbulent days of World War II. This book is Susan MacNeal’s ...

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Casinos on the watch for thieves, cheats and scams

BILOXI, Mississippi – The side of a casino operation familiar to most people is the one that aims to keep customers playing, entertained and well fed. On the other, less visible side is a full out effort to protect the casino’s bottom line by catching cheaters and fighting against fraud. Panelists at the Southern Gaming Summit session entitled “Thieves, cheats ...

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Federal White Paper sets stage for payday lending deposit curbs

Mississippi Department of Banking & Finance expects cooling off period, caps on number of loans An analysis of payday lending by the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau may be a prelude to establishing a “cooling off” period between loans taken out by chronic borrowers. The move could have a huge impact in Mississippi, where approximately 1,000 payday lending outlets do ...

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Port of Pascagoula’s wood pellet facility gets final funding piece

The Port of Pascagoula has gotten the last funding piece in place for its wood pellet facility. The $196 million bond bill approved during the legislative session that ended in April includes $10 million that will round out the money needed for the $30 million project. The facility will be built along two terminals on the port’s Bayou Casotte. Port ...

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Communities with closing centers scramble to fill void

Come July, four Mississippi communities will lose almost $18 million in free labor. The Mississippi Department of Corrections announced in late April that it was closing four of its community work centers – in Yazoo City, Cleveland, Lucedale and Fayette – to cut costs. Corrections commissioner Chris Epps said the closures would save his agency $2.3 million. The centers will ...

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Law & Order: Q&A with Flowood Mayor Gary Rhoades

Mayor Gary Rhoades opens up about early career, Flowood and his thoughts on leadership A police officer at 20 and a mayor at 36, Rhoades has been in public service in Rankin County for more than thirty years. He was first elected mayor of Flowood in 1989 after spending 16 years in law enforcement, including eight as the Flowood chief ...

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