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Jackson TV stations negotiating with DISH on agreements

Raycom, which operates WLBT and WDBD television stations in the Jackson area, has yet to reach a retransmission agreement with DISH Network as the deadline nears. The companies have until July 31 to reach an agreement or DISH must discontinue the stations’ signals. Media General, meanwhile, which owns WJTV, last week provided DISH with a 90-day extension for its current ...

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Columbus building new jobs with arrival of sustainable brick maker

COLUMBUS, Mississippi – Sustainable building products maker CalStar is setting up manufacturing operations in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park. The company will hire 17 workers when the plant opens in the first quarter of 2014 and increase to 58 employees over three years. Wisconsin-based CalStar is putting $8 million into a 100,000-square-foot building shell in the Golden Triangle Industrial Park ...

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BBB warns of scammers targeting Entergy customers

BRANDON — The Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Mississippi is warning of a utility scam targeting Entergy customers in the state of Louisiana. John O’Hara, CEO of BBB in Mississippi, says these types of scams “are like the weather, they start out in one area and spread out.” These scams will also move from utility company to utility company throughout ...

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Southern League baseball team backs out of gun giveaway promotion

HUNTSVILLE. Alabama — The Huntsville Stars have cancelled Wednesday’s “Second Amendment Night” promotion in which the Southern League baseball team was to have given away three weapons through a raffle. The cancellation came after national publicity of the event, and pressure applied by both Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball. Winners of the raffle would have received certificates from ...

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Chancery Judge Roberts dies of cancer at 65

OXFORD — Lafayette County Chancery Judge Edwin Roberts, who was serving his third term, died yesterday at his home in Oxford. He was 65. Officials with Waller Funeral Home in Oxford say funeral services are scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Oxford. A list of survivors was not immediately available. Lafayette County Chancery Clerk ...

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Delta mayor indicted in case involving cheating teachers

METCALFE — A Mississippi mayor has been indicted for his role in a scheme ran by a Memphis educator who helped teachers cheat on certification exams over a 15 year period. Metcalfe Mayor Cory A. Holmes appeared yesterday in federal court in Memphis, Tenn. He was released on his own recognizance. His arraignment is scheduled for July 10 in Memphis. ...

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State buys more land on barrier island; total investment up to $8M

CAT ISLAND — A second portion of Cat Island has been purchased by the state of Mississippi through federal and grant funding, according to a release from the Secretary of State’s Office. The state acquired an additional 117 acres of Cat Island from a private landowner. The Secretary of State’s Office purchased 109 acres of Cat Island from a private ...

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Country of origin labeling law aims at protecting local farmers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Consumers will be able to make more informed decisions when purchasing certain fish products in Mississippi due to changes in the Mississippi Catfish Marketing Law, according to the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. The new law, which went into effective yesterday, requires food service establishments to inform consumers of the country of origin and method of ...

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Federal audit finds millions in grants misspent at MDMR

BILOXI — A federal audit has found millions in grant money administered by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources was misspent. The government said MDMR and the counties of Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson were awarded 100 Coastal Impact Assistance Program grants from the U.S. Department of Interior totaling $99.8 million from fiscal year 2009 through fiscal year 2012. The report ...

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Two WIN Job Centers to remain open despite federal cuts

IUKA and PHILADELPHIA — The Mississippi Department of Employment Security reports that the Iuka and Philadelphia WIN Job Centers will remain open for services. These centers will provide services two days each week. Iuka will be in the same location and Philadelphia will open in a new location at 1016 Saxton Airport Road. A complete listing of WIN Job center ...

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