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Crews attack flood threats in Horn Lake

HORN LAKE — City crews in Horn Lake are at work this week trying to reduce flood threats in the city. The Commercial Appeal reported public works employees are clearing ditches that are a major cause of flooding threatening homes and businesses during times of heavy rain. Public works director Spencer “Penny” Shields says the department has mulched debris in ...

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State on pace to break record for fewest fire deaths

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi is on pace once again to have the lowest number of fire deaths on record. State chief deputy fire marshal Ricky Davis tells The Clarion-Ledger 62 people died in fires last year, with 37 of those deaths occurring by Aug. 1. The 62 deaths were the lowest since record-keeping began. This year, through Aug. 1, the ...

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Ole Miss launches new law/engineering program

OXFORD — Following a national trend to make higher education more “user-friendly,” the University of Mississippi schools of Engineering and Law have joined forces to create a new program that provides early admission to the latter. Through the accelerated law program, students in the general engineering pre-law program can be admitted into a fast-tracked Bachelor of Engineering and law degree ...

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Judge sets deadline for oil spill claims administrator to respond to BP allegations

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has set an Aug. 26 deadline for court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau to respond to BP’s allegations that it has uncovered new allegations of fraud and conflicts of interest inside a settlement program that has awarded billions of dollars to Gulf Coast businesses and residents. In an order yesterday, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ...

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More puzzling numbers reported on construction industry

The construction industry has again released statistics that do not seem to quite add up, this time concerning employment. In July, builders recorded a loss of 6,000 jobs in July, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Labor. Yet, construction unemployment fell to 9.1 percent, down from 9.8 percent last month and significant decrease from the 12.3 percent jobless ...

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Annual cattle sale rings in at $1.3M

HATTIESBURG — Mississippi cattle producers continue to go online to connect with livestock markets throughout the country. The sixth-annual Mississippi Homeplace Producers’ Sale was broadcast live to viewers across the state and nation Aug. 5 from Southeast Mississippi Livestock in Hattiesburg. Since 2008, the sale has been conducted with the assistance of Mississippi State University’s Extension Service. “This sale gives ...

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Magnolia Marine adds new towboats, plans further expansion

VICKSBURG — Magnolia Marine Transport Co. has added two new towboats to its fleet and is planning for additional expansion. Vice president of operations Roger Harris tells The Vicksburg Post the vessels Miles Madison and Anna Elise were christened on June 29. Magnolia already has 19 towboats and 68 barges in service, Harris says. The company’s clients include its parent, ...

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Lacking dorm space, university rents motel for $800K-plus

JACKSON — Facing more demand than it has dormitory beds, Jackson State University will spend more than $800,000 to rent a motel to house students for the coming school year. The College Board voted unanimously yesterday to approve the plan to rent the 120-room downtown Jackson Travelodge from Bapu Hotels LLC. The money comes from student housing fees. Higher Education ...

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County in dispute with insurer over tornado-damaged voting machines

HATTIESBURG — The Forrest County Board of Supervisors is at odds with its insurer over replacing voting machines damaged in the Feb. 10 tornado. The roof of the county election commission building was severely damaged, exposing the electronic voting machines to rain in the days after the devastating storm. Board president David Hogan tells The Hattiesburg American he and fellow ...

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