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Feds: Mississippians will pay among steepest Obamacare rates in U.S.

JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi is one of the poorest states in the nation, and its residents will pay some of the highest premiums under a federally run health insurance exchange, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. The federal government released information Wednesday showing the estimated cost of a mid-range plan under the exchanges created through the Affordable Care Act will be ...

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Mississippi chooses former D.C. schools administrator Carey Wright as superintendent of education.

JEFF AMY, Associated Press   JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi’s state Board of Education has chosen former Washington., D.C., schools administrator Carey Wright as superintendent of education. A person with direct knowledge of her selection told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the appointment had not yet been formally announced. Wright was the only woman among five finalists who ...

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EPA: More pollution control needed to fight dead zone

MISSISSIPPI RIVER and GULF OF MEXICO — Environmental Protection Agency officials say the U.S. is falling short of its goals to cut Mississippi River pollution and shrink the dead zone it creates in the Gulf of Mexico. Speaking in Minneapolis, Minn., the federal officials said states in the river’s watershed need to accelerate efforts to cut pollution from farm field ...

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Have you checked your car's airbags lately?

It’s one thing to traffic counterfeit handbags; it’s quite another to deal in bogus airbags. Yes, airbags — those things that are supposed to save lives in the event of a car accident! Turns out it’s a bigger issue than one might think. Fortunately, some groups are working to remedy the problem with a Mississippian playing a lead role. The ...

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Fire station could join list of endangered historic buildings

MOSS POINT — The Moss Point Central Fire Station could be added to Mississippi Heritage Trust’s endangered list, according to executive director Lolly Barnes. The Sun Herald reports the list is released every two years and contains the top 10 most endangered historic buildings in the state. The next list will be released Nov. 14. “It’s definitely being considered,” Barnes ...

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MDEQ lifts water contact advisory for Coast beach

LONG BEACH — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted the water contact advisory issued Sept. 19 for a stretch of beach in Harrison County. The advisory was lifted for Station 7A in Long Beach, which runs from Oak Gardens Avenue east to S. Girard Avenue. Water samples at this station shows the ...

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Gas utility to build pipelines to industrial parks

EAST MISSISSIPPI — Atmos Energy will begin construction of 23 miles of natural gas pipelines next year to three industrial parks in East Mississippi. The company and Central District Public Service Commissioner Lynn Posey made the announcement yesterday in Meridian. The three industrial sites that will receive the pipeline service are the Sonny Montgomery Industrial Park, the I-20/59 Industrial Park ...

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Education Department awards 'Blue Ribbon' to state schools

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Four Mississippi schools have been recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. Lovett Elementary School in Clinton, DeLisle Elementary in Pass Christian, East Hancock Elementary in Kiln in Hancock County and Oak Park Elementary in the Ocean Springs received the honor. The Department of Education recognizes schools based on their overall academic ...

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Ag lenders to get updated during Extension/Farm Bureau events

The agriculture lending industry will be schooled on a number of topics during an upcoming series of workshops. Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Farm Bureau will host the events Oct. 15 at the Panola County Extension Office in Batesville, Oct. 16 at the Farm Bureau Building in Jackson and Oct. 24 at the Forrest County Extension Conference Center ...

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Trial rescheduled of Alabama man accused of wetlands violations

HANCOCK COUNTY — The trial date has changed for William R. Miller, a Fairhope, Ala., real estate developer accused of wetlands and Clean Water Act violations in Hancock County. U.S. District Judge Walter J. Gex III recused himself from hearing the case in July for unspecified reasons. The Sun Herald reports Judge Louis Guirola Jr. has set the trial for ...

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