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USDA sends personnel to check out slaughterhouse

PONTOTOC — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it sent employees to a north Mississippi slaughterhouse today to check a complaint that pigs were abused before being killed. Richard McIntire, spokesman for the USDA Food and Safety Inspection Service, told The Clarion-Ledger that the service’s veterinary specialists and office staff went to Southern Quality Meats, in Pontotoc, “to begin review ...

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Sunken tugboat that shut down river finally raised

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — An arduous, five-day effort to locate and surface a tugboat that rolled and sank in the Mississippi River near Venice, La., over the weekend, interrupting the flow of traffic and commerce, has finally come to an end. Crews pulled the 47-foot-long towing vessel out of the water today. It sank Saturday. The river had been closed, either ...

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NORTHWAY: Steve Knight should be first-ballot Hall of Famer

Trivia question: Which men’s basketball head coach has the most career wins at one school in Mississippi collegiate history, all levels? Hint: He set the record several years ago, is still at the same institution, still winning games. The answer is: Steve Knight. Wonder how many of you are thinking — who? And, that’s a shame. Steve Knight of William ...

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Austin developer preparing unsolicited proposal for Jackson convention center hotel

JACKSON, Mississippi — Tampa’s Robinson Callen Development may soon have company in a quest to build a convention center hotel in Jackson. While Robinson Callen has a head start with its unsolicited $60 million proposal having received an official blessing from the Jackson Redevelopment Authority’s Board of Commissioners on June 25, Austin, Texas, hotel developer Journeyman Austin wants to submit ...

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Regulators opposing Entergy's spinoff to ITC

NEW ORLEANS — Opposition continues to grow among state regulators to Entergy Corp.’s plans to spin off its transmission system to ITC Holdings Corp. Regulators say customers would pay hundreds of millions of dollars more to maintain high-voltage wires in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas while receiving mostly fuzzy benefits. Staff members in the states have recommended regulatory commissions reject ...

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Viking Range now manufacturer and distributor

GREENWOOD — A Viking Range Corp. official says the high-end kitchen appliance manufacturer has become its own distributor to create closer ties to its dealers. Bill Crump, director corporate and governmental affairs for Greenwood-based Viking, told a civic club this week that the manufacturer-to-dealer relationship is vital to the company. “We did not have a relationship with our dealers. The ...

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Veterans, military spouses job fair is Tuesday in Jackson

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation will host “Hiring Our Heroes – Jackson,” a hiring fair Tuesday for veterans and military spouses. The event begins with a 9 a.m. workshop, followed by the job fair from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. It will be held at the Mississippi Trade Mart at the State Fairgrounds in downtown Jackson. Interested job seekers should register ...

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DSU president suffers head injury during vacation

CLEVELAND — Delta State University President Bill LaForge is recuperating with family in Virginia after suffering a head injury while vacationing over the July 4 holiday. DSU spokeswoman Michelle Roberts says LaForge suffered a subdural hematoma, a gathering of blood on the brain’s surface, while at a South Carolina beach with family. Roberts says while LaForge’s injury was not major, ...

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Mayor vetoes aldermen, wants administrator to remain

STARKVILLE — Mayor Parker Wiseman has vetoed a decision by the board of aldermen to fire Starkville city administrator . The board voted earlier this month to fire Spruill with Aldermen Jason Walker and Scott Maynard voting no. Board declined to give a reason for the decision. Alderman Ben Carver tells the Starkville Daily News that the majority felt Spruill ...

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