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Entergy shuttering Vermont's only nuclear plant

MONTPELIER — Vermont’s only nuclear power plant will shut down by the end of next year, ending a nasty legal battle over the future of the 4-decade-old plant, Entergy Corp. announced today. The Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power Station is expected to cease power production after its current fuel cycle and will begin being decommissioned in the fourth quarter of 2014, ...

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State to ask judge to clear way to close abortion clinic

JACKSON — Mississippi will ask a federal appeals court to overturn a ruling that has temporarily blocked authorities from closing the state’s only abortion clinic. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III ruled in April that the state couldn’t close Jackson Women’s Health Organization while the clinic still has a federal lawsuit pending. The state filed a notice on Friday ...

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Delta hospital hit hard by federal sequester

GREENVILLE — The chief executive of Delta Regional Medical Center says the hospital will be lucky to break even with two months left in fiscal year. “We are a far cry from where we were last year,” CEO J. Stansel Harvey told the Delta Democrat Times. Harvey said the hospital was in line to be several million dollars in the ...

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Coast newspaper sues DMR, Pickering over records request

GULFPORT — A Gulf Coast newspaper has sued the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and state Auditor Stacey Pickering to get access to more records from an audit of the agency. The Sun Herald reports that it filed suit yesterday in Harrison County Chancery Court, seeking to require the MDMR and Pickering to make the records available for review and ...

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Lab owner sentenced to prison for falsifying wastewater figures

WATER VALLEY — An environmental laboratory owner in Mississippi has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison after being convicted of falsifying records on industrial wastewater samples. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate in Jackson sentenced Tennie White to 40 months during a hearing yesterday. White was the sole operator of Mississippi Environmental Analytical Laboratories Inc. She ...

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City trims personnel expenses, but mayor wants deeper cuts

VICKSBURG — Projected personnel expenses in the city of Vicksburg will be reduced by about 3 percent for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1 but are still too high for Mayor George Flaggs Jr., who wants to lower employee costs more. The Vicksburg Post reports that a public hearing on the budget is 7 p.m. tomorrow at the City ...

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Despite late planting, state's cotton crop looking 'decent'

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s cotton growers are hoping weather challenges don’t prevent their late-planted crop from making the good yields it seems capable of producing. Darrin Dodds, state cotton specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the bulk of the crop was in pretty decent shape by late August. “Some folks feel they are sitting on one of ...

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New hospital sees first patient; hundreds turn out for grand opening

OLIVE BRANCH — Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s first patient at its new hospital serving the Olive Branch area was a five-year-old boy who was treated for strep throat and released. The Olive Branch child was among 21 patients who were seen through midafternoon yesterday, the hospital’s first day accepting patients. The Commercial Appeal reports hundreds of people attended the grand ...

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Alcorn eyeing Natchez, Vicksburg for expansion

LORMAN — Alcorn State University president M. Christopher Brown II said he is paying close attention to ASU’s campuses in Natchez and Vicksburg as prime locations for additional programs and course offerings as enrollment continues to grow. “It may be the case that the growth model for the university is not in the Lorman location, but in our Natchez and ...

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Financial firms in competition for hospital trust fund

COLUMBUS — Twelve financial firms have submitted proposals to manage Lowndes County’s $30 million hospital trust fund. The county wants a bigger return on its investment of those funds. Board of Supervisors president Harry Sanders told the Commercial Dispatch that the county hopes the 0.2 percent ($60,000 annually) interest the county has recently earned on certificates of deposit will eventually ...

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