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Mississippi Ballet to celebrate 50th year with NY City Ballet's Stars of American Ballet

The official announcement won’t come until a Sept. 17 press conference but The Mississippi Ballet says it will kick off its golden anniversary celebration on Sunday, Nov. 3, with a Thalia Mara Hall performance by t, a touring company comprised of principals & soloists from New York City Ballet. They will be performing four pas de deux by George Balanchine, ...

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UPDATE: Florida police called on George Zimmerman

ORLANDO, Fla. — George Zimmerman’s wife has called police to her father’s house, saying the former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted of murder threatened her with a gun. Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell says Shellie Zimmerman called police shortly after 2 p.m. Monday. Bracknell says Zimmerman hasn’t been arrested and officers are at the house trying to determine ...

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Furniture Brands to lay off 1,400 in Mississippi, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Several sources have told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that Furniture Brands International has notified the state that it expects to lay off up to 1,451 people at its facilities in Mississippi. Those facilities would be Lane Furniture, which has manufacturing plants in Belden and Saltillo, as well as an office and distribution center in Verona and another distribution center ...

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Feds cite Delta Oil Mill for 25 work safety violations, 22 termed 'serious'

GREENWOOD, Mississippi – Federal work safety regulators have slapped the more than half-century old Delta Oil Mill with a $83,415 fine after discovering 25 safety and health violations at the cottonseed oil plant. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration initiated its inspection in May after receiving a complaint alleging a worker sustained a back injury after ...

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Bryant, leaders headed to South America on trade mission

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant and a group of Mississippi business leaders are in Brazil this week to meet with local trade organizations and officials. The group has stops scheduled in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. They left yesterday and are to return Friday. Joining Bryant are Mississippi Development Authority executive director Brent Christensen, Port of Gulfport Director Jonathan ...

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Largest gator record broken for third time in two weeks

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Mississippi’s record for the heaviest alligator has fallen again with the catch of a 741.5-pounder in the backwater of the Mississippi River near Port Gibson on Sunday morning. The Clarion-Ledger reports it also tied the record for longest alligator at 13-feet, 6.5-inches. Jimmy Greer of Canton, Dalco Turner of Gluckstadt, and Jennifer Ratcliff and John Ratcliff of ...

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OSHA finds 25 health, safety violations at Delta Oil

GREENWOOD — Delta Oil Mill has been cited by the government for 25 safety and health violations following injuries to a worker earlier this year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration says in a news release that it has proposed penalties of $83,415. The cottonseed oil producer has 15 days to appeal. OSHA says a worker sustained a back injury ...

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Columbus AFB runway reopens after $32M improvement project

COLUMBUS — Columbus Air Force Base has reopened its 12,000-foot long center runway. The $32-million project involved replacing 10,000 feet of old runway with a 10-inch thick, 200-foot wide concrete surface. The runway was built in 1959. CAFB officials say less than 20 percent pavement life remained on the asphalt surface before construction began in March. Col. Jim Sears, the ...

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UPDATE: Legislators learn more about growing wild hog problem

JACKSON, Mississippi — Wild hogs run rampant in parts of Mississippi, and wildlife experts say the state needs to control the destructive beasts. The hogs reproduce often, eat just about anything in their path and can grow to 300 pounds. They’re uprooting crops, destroying farm equipment and tearing up yards. John J. Mayer, a South Carolina scientist who has studied ...

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Mississippi State named center for cyber operations

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University is among the nation’s elite institutions that are preparing students for highly technical cyber security jobs, and the university has a new designation from the National Security Agency that will expand these opportunities. The NSA has designated MSU as one of four new schools for its National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program, ...

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