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Oil spill trial begins look into how much oil leaked into Gulf

NEW ORLEANS — The focus of a trial over BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has shifted to the multibillion-dollar question of how much crude gushed from BP’s blown-out well. Lawyers for BP and the federal government began Monday presenting U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier with conflicting scientific theories to explain their different estimates. Government experts estimate ...

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Bottle top plant to stop after nearly 30 years; 100 laid off

OLIVE BRANCH — Closure Systems International Inc. will shutter its Olive Branch factory in December, laying off 100 people. Human resources director Jeanette Vaughn said today the factory will close Dec. 9. Officials at the DeSoto County plant are referring further comment to the company’s headquarters near Indianapolis, which is not immediately responding. The company makes bottle tops at the ...

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Kay Whittington to head MDEQ Office of Land and Water Resources Resources

JACKSON, Mississippi – Kay Whittington, veteran staff member of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and current chief of  basin management, has been named director of the Office of Land and Water Resources. She is currently chief of the Basin Management Branch in MDEQ’s Surface Water Division Whittington replaces Richard Ingram who retires Oct. 31. MDEQ Executive Director Trudy Fisher ...

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Businessweek: Debt default will bring economic calamity, new depression

Anyone who remembers the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. little more than five years ago knows what a global financial disaster is. A U.S. government default, just weeks away if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling as it now threatens to do, will be an economic calamity like none the world has ever seen, Bloomberg Businessweek predicts. Failure ...

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Madison County Creative Economy Council launches quality of life website

The Madison County Creative Economy Council (MCCEC) comprised of the Canton Chamber Main Street Association, Canton Convention Visitors Bureau & Film Office, Flora Area Chamber of Commerce, Madison County Chamber of Commerce, madison the City Chamber of Commerce, Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce, Ridgeland Tourism Commission, Madison County Business League, Madison County Economic Development Authority and the Madison County Foundation launched ...

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Hosemann not feeling generous toward unauthorized charity

Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann is not feeling real charitable toward Bit by Bit Equine, and he is warning Mississippians not to get in the saddle with the Pearl-based charity. Hosemann says Bit by Bit Equine is not registered with the state as is required by law, and continues to solicit donations in Mississippi despite a cease and desist order ...

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Prosecutors: Hospice owner bilked Medicare for millions

GREENWOOD — Newly released court records claim the owner of a Mississippi hospice ran a multimillion Medicare fraud and used some of the money to buy 20 cars since December 2009. The details about Angelic Hospice in Greenwood and its owner’s purchases were outlined in a 27-page document dated Feb. 19 but only made public Oct. 3 in U.S. District ...

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Southern automotive industry salutes National Manufacturing Day

“Happy Manufacturing Day to you,” Melanie Stover of The Manufacturing Institute greeted participants on the closing day of the 2013 Southern Automotive Conference at Beau Rivage in Biloxi. “It’s my favorite holiday.” Stover and her fellow conference participants laughed at the line but couldn’t be more serious about the importance of manufacturing and its economic impact. Mississippi, the host for ...

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The business license cop is on patrol

If you’re a business owner in the city of Natchez, watch out. The business license cop is on his way. The city has entered into a contract with retired law enforcement officer George Rutherford, who has been charged with checking every business in Natchez to make sure they have a valid license. The Natchez Democrat reports Rutherford is starting his ...

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