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State records second West Nile virus death of 2013

BOLIVAR COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health has reported a second death in the state from the West Nile Virus as well as four new human cases. Health officials say in a news release Tuesday that the death occurred in Bolivar County. The new reported cases occurred in Forrest, Hinds and Rankin counties. These new reported cases bring ...

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Enersteel expanding yet again in Natchez

NATCHEZ, Mississippi – This port city will gain at least 45 new jobs with the announced $10 million expansion of Enersteel, a producer of fabricated steel plate products. The expansion at the Natchez-Adams County Port will support an increase in production and comes just three months after parent company Enerfab announced an expansion in Natchez in May. This project represents ...

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Chaney: Rates to soar on state healthcare exchange

Plan to shop for insurance on Mississippi’s new health insurance exchange come Oct. 1. Then brace for sticker shock. Regardless of age, shoppers on the state’s “Federally Facilitated Marketplace” will find health insurance premiums at least 100 percent above rates to which they have become accustomed, Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said. “The base rate is going to be a little ...

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City operating under 'throwback' commission-style government

VICKSBURG — Its cannons, historic homes and landmarks aren’t Vicksburg’s only throwback to history. Its municipal government is a relic from when the city was younger, smaller and the issues confronting city leaders were easier to handle. Since 1913, Vicksburg has operated under the commission form of government approved by the Mississippi Legislature in 1908. It’s a concept of municipal ...

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Community learns hard lessons from IP mill closure

NATCHEZ — Darryl Grennell can remember growing up in Natchez and smelling an odd odor in the air coming from the International Paper mill. What smelled funky to Grennell was a welcomed aroma for others. “I would ask the older people what that odor was and they would say to me, ‘That’s the smell of money,'” said Grennell, who is ...

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Supervisors reject architect's bill for new jail design work

PASCAGOULA — The Jackson County Board of Supervisors has denied a claim by the jail architects they fired last week. Both the board attorney and the president of the board said yesterday the company, The Goldberg Group, billed the county for services that hadn’t been completed. The Sun Herald reports instead of paying a $68,000 bill the group submitted for ...

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Value of state's truck crops continues to rise, tops 6,700 acres

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Greater consumer demand for locally grown produce has made truck crops a bigger part of the state’s overall agricultural production and increased related research at Mississippi State University. Truck crops get their name from the fact that they are often sold from the back of pickup trucks. They are produce crops, including blueberries, strawberries, sweet corn, beans, ...

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Grocer recalls ground beef; could contain E. coli

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Winn-Dixie has issued an immediate voluntary recall of Fresh 93% Lean Ground Beef with UPCs #20167100000 and #24370700000. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the reason for the recall is the potential that the product may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The recall is part of a larger ground beef recall issued by ...

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Embezzlement trial rescheduled for ex-town clerk

ROLLING FORK — The trial for the former town clerk of Anguilla, who has been indicted for embezzlement of $107,444, has been rescheduled for Sept. 16. The Vicksburg Post reports that 33-year-old Manika Kelly was scheduled for trial yesterday in Sharkey County but Circuit Judge M. James Chaney moved the trial date. Kelly remains free on $15,000 bond. The indictment ...

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Officials still seeking buyer for ex-Handy Hardware site

MERIDIAN — Efforts to market an empty distribution facility are continuing following the December departure of a major employer in Lauderdale County. Handy Hardware shut down its Meridian center just two years after opening, resulting in the loss of 109 jobs and leaving its 463,000 square foot distribution center empty. The center had opened in November of 2010. The building ...

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