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Cold, wet spring negatively impacts shrimpers

GULF OF MEXICO — More than 250 boats launched on June 11 to open the shrimp season in Mississippi’s coastal waters. A cold, wet spring delayed the season’s start, which opened June 1 last year. “The things farmers hate — drought and heat — are great for shrimp production,” said Dave Burrage, commercial and recreational fisheries specialist with the Mississippi ...

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DiamondJacks creditors approve bankruptcy exit for Vicksburg casino

VICKSBURG, Mississippi — Having failed in an attempt to sell the two DiamondJacks casinos to an Oklahoma Indian tribe, creditors are bringing the Bossier City, La., and Vicksburg gambling halls out of bankruptcy themselves, hiring Gulfport’s Foundation Gambling Group to try to improve operations. Creditors approved the reorganization plan in June, although an official date to exit bankruptcy hasn’t been ...

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CNN Money: Guess which wireless network is stronger?

According to CNN Money, AT&T’s 4G-LTE network has been rated faster than Verizon’s network by four independent studies. David Goldman writes that Ma Bell’s coverage area is growing rapidly, and it will be available to just as many Americans as Verizon’s 4G network by the end of next year. Read the entire story here.

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Columbus prepares 2 grant applications

COLUMBUS, Mississippi — The city of Columbus is applying for grants for funding for improved crime lab equipment and police patrol speeding enforcement, as well as upgrades to Columbus-Lowndes County Airport. The Commercial Dispatch reports that federal programs director Travis Jones is applying for a justice assistance grant that would reimburse the city up to $12,107 to purchase equipment for ...

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Brandon Presley elected president of regional association of public service commissioners

ASHEVILLE, North Carolina — Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley was recently elected to lead the Southeastern Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (SEARUC) for the upcoming 2013-2014 year, as its President. Presley, who is in his second term as Northern District Public Service Commissioner, was unanimously elected at the group’s recent annual conference in Asheville, North Carolina. Presley succeeds North ...

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Appeals court hears BP challenge on oil spill claims

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP PLC is being forced to pay inflated and even “fictitious” claims to businesses because of the way a court-appointed administrator is making payments from a legal settlement following the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, an attorney for the oil giant said Monday. Ted Olson made the arguments in a packed courtroom before ...

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Former lawmaker Jim Bean dead at 80

HATTIESBURG — Former state Sen. James L. “Jim” Bean of Hattiesburg, who championed rural health care and programs for children, has died at a hospital in Hattiesburg. He was 80. Officials with Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home say Bean died Monday at Wesley Medical Center. He had suffered a stroke a few weeks earlier. Funeral arrangements were pending. A list of survivors ...

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Court to hear arguments on 'stop payment' ruling

JACKSON — A federal appeals court will hear oral arguments Aug. 7 in New Orleans on a ruling that invalidated Mississippi’s “stop payment” law. In 2012, U.S. Magistrate S. Allan Alexander ruled the law unconstitutional because it deprived a corporation of its property without due process of law. Alexander ruled against King Construction of Houston, Texas, a subcontractor hired by ...

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Pickering accuses circuit clerk of court shopping

VICKSBURG — Third-term Warren County Circuit Clerk Shelly Ashley-Palmertree is court shopping in two counties and should pay the state’s legal fees in a dispute over her salary and subcontractor payments, Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering says. The Vicksburg Post reports an assistant attorney general filed papers in Hinds County Chancery Court, on behalf of Pickering. Ashley-Palmertree and her attorneys “have ...

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Schools changing policy after audit finds inaccurate records

HATTIESBURG — A January audit has resulted in administrators making changes in the way they keep records in the Hattiesburg Public School District. The Hattiesburg American reports the state audit was conducted at three schools. The auditor found inaccuracies in the areas of enrollment, attendance, safety and textbook assignments. Superintendent James Bacchus said the audit was welcomed by the district as ...

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