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As Karen nears, Department of Health introduces smartphone app for emergencies

JACKSON, Miss. – Just in time for Tropical Storm Karen to make landfall this weekend, the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) is introducing a smartphone app to stay up to date on health and safety information throughout Mississippi during an emergency. The MS Ready app will keep you informed of breaking health emergencies and safety alerts in real time ...

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State auditor cites alarming operational failures in school districts

JACKSON, Mississippi — More than one in three Mississippi public school districts failed to account for all of the students reported as enrolled in schools in their districts, the Office of the State Auditor said in a report released Friday that said many districts failed to live up to many of their responsibilities. In one of the more troubling findings, ...

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Southern Automotive Conference begins with an upbeat message

By Lisa Monti  The annual Southern Automotive Conference in Biloxi began Thursday sessions with an upbeat economic presentation and wound down with the Mississippi blues. In between, participants heard about workforce, something and something. Peter Ricchiuti, founder and director of the Burkenroad Reports at Tulane University, opened the two day meeting at Beau Rivage by telling his audience, “Don’t take ...

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City likes retail consultant, but waits on outcome of referendum

There’s no chicken-or-egg issue in Horn Lake when it comes to hiring a consultant to help attract more retailers. City officials are near a deal with Birmingham, Ala.-based Retail Strategies, according to The Commercial Appeal, but will hold out until the results of next week’s referendum on a proposed lodging tax. Voters will decide Tuesday whether the Northwest Mississippi city ...

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Scientists warn of possible water shortages; work on solutions

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — When water runs clear and fast from a tap, it’s often hard to believe there could be a challenge for individuals, farmers and communities to keep it clean and plentiful. Joe Street, associate director of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, warned that water supplies could be depleted, even in the South, where rainfall, rivers, streams and ...

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TVA saw record year for hydroelectric power generation

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority says fiscal 2013 was a record year for hydroelectric power generation. During the year ended Monday, TVA’s 29 hydroelectric dams provided 18.5 million megawatt-hours of energy. That’s enough electricity to serve more than 1.2 million homes in TVA’s seven-state region. TVA attributes the record to above-average precipitation. Rainfall was 121 percent of normal ...

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Act now or face possible 'haunting' of your home

As we approach Halloween, now is the time to protect our homes from being haunted by creatures that only come out at night. Most people think of certain insects and mice as the critters looking for a cozy spot to spend the winter. But as natural habitats decline, bats are also looking for suitable homes. Bats are nocturnal and prefer ...

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Casino developers given 15-day deadline for lease renewal

D’IBERVILLE — The developers of Oyster Bay Casino have 15 days to renew their lease for Fountain Beach and they say they will. The Sun Herald reports the lease has expired today on the city-owned Back Bay land where the developers want to build a casino. The mayor and City Council voted this week to notify the developers they have ...

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