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More rain expected in parts of Coast that saw weekend flooding

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Forecasters say there could be more rain this week in parts of south Mississippi hit with flash flooding over the weekend. Heavy rainfall over the weekend caused flooding in areas including Long Beach, Gulfport and Biloxi. Authorities said some areas of Gulfport recorded more than 6 inches of rain Sunday. William Harold, a Gulfport resident, said ...

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Health Department identifies three more West Nile cases

FORREST COUNTY and HINDS COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health says there are three new human cases of West Nile virus for 2013. The reported cases are two in Hinds County and one in Forrest County, bringing the state total for 2013 to 15 cases, with one death. So far this year, cases have been reported in Bolivar, ...

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State's jobless rate drops half-point, but workforce decreased

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell by a half percentage point to 8.5 percent in July, hitting lowest level in more than four years, but only because the state’s labor force shrank. A separate survey showed state employer payrolls fell slightly. Both sets of figures — adjusted to cancel out normal seasonal changes — were released today by the ...

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County adds 240-acre, interstate-fronting tract

MCCOMB — Pike County economic developers have upped their portfolio for possible development by taking a three-year option to buy 240 acres fronting Interstate 55. The Enterprise-Journal reported the economic development district paid Griffin Timber LLC $30,000 for control of the property into 2016. Griffin Timber is owned by businessman Ed Griffin. The land runs along the east side of ...

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Booneville bans guns at city hall, public parks and events

BOONEVILLE — The open carrying of firearms and other weapons will be prohibited at many locations in the city of Booneville under an ordinance approved by the Board of Aldermen. The Daily Corinthian reports the new law went into effect immediately. Officials say it is designed to align city policies with state law. City Attorney Daniel Tucker drafted the ordinance. ...

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Fair going 'retro,' to focus on agriculture

SOUTHAVEN — The Mid-South Fair is returning to its agricultural roots. People at last year’s fair told him they want to see livestock, board president Michael Doyle told The Commercial Appeal. “I am a proponent of livestock but I deal with a bunch of brilliant city people on our board and they don’t understand that the fair has got to ...

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Ergon buys facility it was renting on Missouri River

JACKSON — A Mississippi asphalt company has bought a Missouri River terminal it had been renting in Kansas, and says it plans to expand it. Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions Inc., of Jackson, bought the Wolcott Terminal Facility in Wolcott, Kansas, from Tanco Kansas City LLC. It had leased the terminal northwest of Kansas City from 1992 until the purchase on ...

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County closes on purchase of property from Rentech

NATCHEZ — Adams County’s taxpayers now own property that went from being a robust industrial site to a big economic letdown. County officials signed the paperwork Thursday to close the real estate deal transferring the title of the 478-acre former International Paper mill property from Rentech to Adams County for $9.25 million. The county entered into a contract to purchase ...

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