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BP launches hotline to report fraudulent oil spill claims

GULF COAST — BP has set up a hotline for people to report alleged fraud involving claims arising from the company’s massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Today’s launch of the hotline comes a week after a federal appeals court heard BP’s argument that it has been forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in settlement ...

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Company uses 'bridge plug' on Gulf gas well

GULF OF MEXICO — A well that seeped natural gas for several days last week has been temporarily plugged, with work still needed to plug it permanently, federal regulators say. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said today that Energy Resource Technology, LLC used a “bridge plug” to isolate the lower part of the well about 75 miles off Louisiana’s ...

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Kemper coal plant now faces spending review

KEMPER COUNTY — The next battle over a Kemper County power plant will hinge on whether Mississippi Power Co.’s spending on the project was prudent — and that decision may come months later than a July 24 date that state regulators had agreed to earlier this year. The utility recently asked the state Public Service Commission to determine if spending ...

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Jerry Lawler Museum moving to Tunica casino

The Jerry Lawler Museum will move to Resorts Casino in Tunica County, according to a tweet by the professional wrestling legend over the weekend. The museum was in the process of moving from the now-closed Wynn Automotive Sales & Service in Memphis to Harrah’s Casino in Tunica, according to Memphisport.com, but the switch to Resorts was announced Friday evening. “Contract ...

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Judge dismisses former superintendent's lawsuit

COLUMBUS — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the Columbus Municipal School District by former superintendent Martha Liddell. The Columbus Dispatch reports that Chancery Judge Kenneth Burns ruled to dismiss the case Friday after a telephone conference with lawyers for both parties. Documents filed with the curt say Burns moved to dismiss the lawsuit, in part, because the ...

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Bennie Thompson to be named Secretary of Homeland Security?

  In a story on politico.com, Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson, TSA chief John Pistole, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and a host of names from the Hill are popping up in the initial round of possible replacements for outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. If Thompson were named as Homeland Security Secretary, who would run ...

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FNC index: U.S. housing prices were up again in May

OXFORD — The latest FNC Residential Price Index (RPI) shows that U.S. home prices continue to steadily improve, climbing another 0.5 percent in May in conjunction with continued improvement in housing market fundamentals. Notably, the FNC RPI shows that the pace at which home prices are rising is rather modest, averaging 0.4 percent per month in the last six months. ...

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Board petitioning supervisors for emergency radio funding

HERNANDO — The DeSoto Board of Supervisors will hear a request this week from the 911 board for a rate increase to help fund a new radio system. The Commercial Appeal reports the DeSoto 911 Emergency Communications District is asking board approval to increase fees to the state tariff rate approved in 1993. The monthly fee would rise 20 cents, ...

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Confidence up among Coast CEOs, business owners

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Gulf Coast Business Council Research Foundation has released its quarterly CEO and Business Owners Confidence report for the second quarter of 2013, and the numbers are encouraging. “Our CEO’s and business owners have not expressed this level of confidence in the local economy since the first quarter of 2011,” said Jack Norris, president of the ...

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