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Dutschke indicted in ricin-laced letters case

JACKSON — A federal grand jury has indicted a Mississippi man suspected of sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and other officials. The 5-count indictment charges 41-year-old James Everett Dutschke with developing, producing and stockpiling the poison ricin, threatening the president and others and attempting to impede the investigation. If convicted on the charges, he could face life imprisonment ...

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Feds watching half-dozen municipal elections

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Justice Department says it will monitor elections tomorrow in six Mississippi cities to ensure voters are treated fairly. Attorneys will observe polling place activities in Brookhaven, Greenwood, Isola, Meridian, Philadelphia and Ruleville. The monitoring is designed to enforce provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which prohibits discrimination based on race and other factors. ...

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Quality Steel acquires American Welding

Quality Steel Corporation (QSC) in Cleveland, an ASME propane tank manufacturer and industry leader in value-added services to the customer, announced today the acquisition of American Welding and Tank (AWT) from Taylor-Wharton International. American Welding and Tank has been recognized as one of the leaders in the propane tank industry since 1917 and has manufacturing facilities in Fremont, Ohio and ...

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With storms already brewing, Chaney urges insurance

JACKSON — Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says people should review insurance policies as part of storm preparations as hurricane season approaches. Chaney says in a news release that most insurance companies won’t accept new applications after a designated hurricane or named storm enters the Gulf of Mexico. He says such a storm could develop as early as this week ...

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SMEPA goes with regional transmission organization

HATTIESBURG — MISO, the regional electricity transmission organization, has expanded to include eight additional entities in three of its four Southern states. Combined with operations for MISO’s Midwest region, MISO now manages the flow of energy along 65,280 miles of the interconnected bulk electric system fromManitoba, Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to providing reliability services for the Entergy companies ...

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Study: 7-in-10 Mississippians are regular newspaper readers

JACKSON, Mississippi – A new study finds more than seven in 10 Mississippi adults read a printed daily, Sunday or weekly newspaper during an average week. The findings are part of a new study announced by the Mississippi Press Association and conducted by American Opinion Research of Princeton, NJ. “This is equal to 1.5 million consumers, or about half of ...

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UPDATED: CertainTeed Ceilings putting $24M in Meridian plant restart

MERIDIAN –In yet another sign that the building sector is coming back, CertainTeed Ceilings is restarting its manufacturing operations here after shutting down in 2009, making a $24 million investment in updating a plant that will eventually put more than 100 people to work in the next three years. Production is expected to resume during the second quarter of 2014. ...

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Ceiling tile factory reopening after four years; to employ 100+

MERIDIAN — CertainTeed will reopen its ceiling tile factory in Meridian, hiring 110 employees by 2016. Gov. Phil Bryant and company officials made the announcement today at the company’s plant near Meridian’s Key Field airport. CertainTeed laid off 90 workers at the plant in 2009, citing a depressed construction market. A small number of sales and distribution employees were retained. ...

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New VA director trying to recover hospital's reputation

JACKSON — The new director of the veterans’ hospital in Jackson is struggling to change perceptions of the institution as members of Congress and a government oversight office pursue investigations into misconduct. Joe Battle stepped into a public relations nightmare when he arrived at G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Medical Center in early 2012. Whistleblower complaints were piling up as employees and ...

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After complaints, city retooling rental housing code

AMORY — The City of Amory is redrafting a rental housing code to combat what officials say is blight and deterioration that many residents feel not only bring property values down, but signals a decline in the quality of living. “Rental housing is just one area of our problems, but we are focusing on it due to citizen complaints,” city ...

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