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FRANK BROWN: Location key to Biloxi baseball success

It’s a 10-mile drive every morning from my suburban home to the MBJ office in downtown Jackson. On a good day, it takes no more than 20 minutes. On a bad day, well… Along the way, there are obstacles — road construction, potholes, railroad tracks that are sometimes occupied, distracting tailgaters and cars. And more cars. And trucks. Small trucks. ...

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Target cuts ties with Paula Deen; drugmaker distances itself

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Paula Deen’s merchandise and media empire is fast unraveling. Retailers Target Corp. and Home Depot Inc. and diabetes drug maker Novo Nordisk became the latest companies to sever ties or distance themselves from celebrity cook Paula Deen as fallout builds from revelations that the Southern celebrity chef used racial slurs in the past. » ...

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River mayors press on despite Farm Bill failure in House

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Leaders of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative (MRCTI), a mayoral-led effort to create a coordinated voice for the Mississippi River, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mississippi Valley Division, have signed a memorandum of common purpose (MOCP) in support of meeting today’s challenges facing the Mississippi River as well as the collaborative actions needed ...

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Health Department identifies third West Nile virus case

LOWNDES COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting a third human case of West Nile virus for 2013. The case was reported in Lowndes County. Cases have also been reported in Forrest and Madison counties. The MSDH only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2012, Mississippi had 247 WNV cases and five deaths. MSDH state epidemiologist ...

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Another wood pellet operation coming to Pine Belt region

LUCEDALE — A second wood pellet mill is locating in George County. Officials say the new mill will handle 500,000 tons of pellets per year. The Mississippi Press reports the Port of Pascagoula leaders signed a document Thursday to provide for shipping of the wood pellets to European utilities, which use the pellets to reduce their carbon emissions. The name ...

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University Research Center updates socio-economic handbook

JACKSON — The University Research Center recently updated the online data resource, the Mississippi Handbook of Selected Data, which contains maps, graphs and tables displaying socio-economic data relevant for Mississippi. Last updated in 2002, the handbook is published exclusively on the web and features an interactive table of contents for ease of navigating through the publication. “The Mississippi Handbook of ...

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BancorpSouth redeeming trust preferred securities

TUPELO — BancorpSouth Inc. reports that BancorpSouth Capital Trust I expects to redeem all of its issued and outstanding 8.15 percent trust preferred securities within the next 60 days. The aggregate principal amount of the outstanding trust preferred securities is $125 million. The trust preferred securities are currently callable at the option of the Tupelo-based bank holding company. The redemption ...

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MGCCC makes top 100 nationally in degree-granting

PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has again been named among the top associate degree producers in the nation, with more than 1,795 students receiving degrees in 2012. This is the 10th year since 2002 that MGCCC has been named in the top 100, and it is the only community college in the states of Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana ...

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Board votes to ban guns on all city property

VICKSBURG — Vicksburg is banning firearms city property except for law enforcement officers. The Vicksburg Board of Mayor and Aldermen adopted the ban this week. The Vicksburg Post reports the board also ordered signs to be put up on city buildings and at parks. The ban is to take effect Monday. No penalty is attached to the resolution. City Attorney ...

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