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Gov. Bryant names three to charter school board

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed three members to the Mississippi Charter School Authorizer Board, the board responsible for approving and overseeing public charter schools in Mississippi. Each of the governor’s appointees represents a Mississippi Supreme Court District, and each appointee will serve a four-year term beginning Sept. 1. Johnny Franklin of Bolton will represent Supreme Court District 1, ...

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Relief well underway on blown Gulf gas well

GULF OF MEXICO — Workers have started drilling a relief well to permanently seal a gas well that blew out in the Gulf of Mexico last month off the coast of Louisiana, federal regulators said today. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the drilling began yesterday and is expected to take about 35 days to complete. Drilling mud ...

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Port traffic increases with Genesis expansion

NATCHEZ — Genesis Energy expects to be handling as many as 36,500 rail cars annually at its terminal in Natchez by the end of the year. Genesis Energy president Steve Nathanson tells The Natchez Democrat that the company has expanded its customer base at the Natchez-Adams County Port terminal since starting operations. “We began handling cars for a second customer ...

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BP claims it's found more fraud in oil spill settlement program

NEW ORLEANS — BP says it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside the settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents following the company’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In a federal court filing today, BP renewed its request for a judge to temporarily suspend settlement ...

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Eaton petitions court to reinstate $1B trade secrets lawsuit

JACKSON — Attorneys for Eaton Corp. asked the Mississippi Supreme Court today to reinstate its $1 billion trade secrets lawsuit against a rival, Frisby Aerospace. A Hinds County judge in 2010 threw out the case, saying Eaton knew about and sanctioned secret actions that attorney Ed Peters took to influence former judge Bobby DeLaughter, the initial judge on the case. ...

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Will Cochran run again for Senate, or will he retire?

WASHINGTON — What will Thad do? It’s the biggest question in Mississippi politics, heading into the 2014 federal elections. The state’s senior U.S. senator, Republican Thad Cochran, will turn 76 in December. He has served since January 1979 and is his party’s ranking member on the Agriculture Committee. His seat is up for election next year, but he pointedly has ...

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Court declines to hear dispute involving sale of business

PRENTISS COUNTY — The Mississippi Supreme Court has let stand an order that the sale of a Prentiss County business will await a local judge’s determination of its fair market value. The state Court of Appeals issued the ruling last year. The Supreme Court this past week declined to hear the case. Martha Crow and her husband Sylvester signed a ...

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Coast hospital begins major renovation project

PASCAGOULA — Singing River Health Systems is undergoing renovations at both its Pascagoula and Ocean Springs hospitals. The Sun Herald reports Ocean Springs Hospital’s $17-million renovations include a three-floor tower expansion on the northwest portion of its campus. The first floor will house the expansion of the pre- and post-surgical area and the congestive heart failure clinic. The second floor ...

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Mall tenants get termination notice; city working on relocation

GAUTIER — Tenants at Singing River Mall are scrambling for a new place to setup shop. The city of Gautier officials has sent out lease termination notices were sent out this week telling businesses they have to move out soon. One of those tenants is Phillip Henderson, who manages MaCnarb Gaming. The business hasn’t been at Singing River Mall quite ...

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Ex-brigadier general, lawmaker Melancon dies at 68

BROOHAVEN — Steven L. Melancon, a retired brigadier general in the Mississippi Army National Guard and a former state lawmaker, has died at the age of 68. Officials with Riverwood Family Funeral Service say Melancon died Friday at his home in Brookhaven. Services are 10 a.m. tomorrow at First United Methodist Church in Brookhaven. He began his military service in ...

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