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CARTER: HHS advises Jurassic approach for health insurance sign-ups – use letter, phone or visit

President Obama’s admission Monday that something is really, really wrong with the federally built health insurance market websites left the impression that our commander in chief would call in drone strikes on all the sites if only they’d stay up long enough to be viable targets. Though no heads have rolled at HHS that we know of over the exchange ...

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Arthur S. Johnston III to take federal court post

Arthur S. Johnston, III, currently the Madison County Chancery Clerk, will become Clerk of Court for the federal court in the Southern District of Mississippi. The selection was confirmed Monday by Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola. Johnston will succeed J. T. Noblin who earlier announced plans to retire from the post in January. Noblin has served in that capacity ...

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Reservoir still a candidate for Bassmasters, despite shooting death

RIDGELAND, Mississippi – Bassmaster fishing tournaments don’t often come to Ross Barnett Reservoir. Last weekend’s Central Open event was only the third time since 1978 that B.A.S.S. has visited the 33,000-acre reservoir. But the shooting death of a Texas fisherman at a Jackson hotel will not prevent the B.A.S.S. from reconsidering the area for a future tour stop, a B.A.S.S. ...

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State's casinos see another month of falling revenue

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi casinos won less money from gamblers in September for the 13th month out of 15, as casinos along the Mississippi River continued to lag badly. Mississippi Department of Revenue figures show statewide casino revenue fell 4.4 percent from September 2012 to $170.2 million. The 12 coastal casinos won $88 million from gamblers, up 1.7 percent from ...

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Senators calling on USDA to explain decisions on assistance loans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) have challenged the U.S. Department of Agriculture to explain what they call recent ill-timed decisions regarding marketing assistance loans that are creating financial uncertainty and hardships for farmers and businesses, including what will amount to a ...

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Deadline looms for disaster assistance from SBA

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding private non-profit organizations (PNPs) in Mississippi that Nov. 19 is the deadline to submit Economic Injury Disaster Loan applications. These loans are available from the SBA for damages caused by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that began on Feb. 10, 2013. PNPs located in the following counties that provide non-critical ...

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Security Card walks away with bevy of awards

OXFORD — Security Card Services was recently recognized for its achievements and received multiple awards at the Vantiv Partnership Forum held in Boston. Vantiv Inc. awarded Security Card Services, an Oxford-based provider of merchant services processing, the following awards: • Outstanding Agent Bank Partner of the Year 2013 • Highest Rank in # of Banks Entered into Agreement • Top ...

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County to begin enforcing oil/gas field fencing, signage ordinance

HATTIESBURG — Forrest County is soon to begin enforcing a fencing and signage ordinance for local oil and gas fields that was contested and affirmed by the Mississippi Supreme Court earlier this year. Sheriff Billy McGee tells The Hattiesburg American his deputies likely will begin enforcing the ordinance this week after briefings on the ordinance’s provisions and a survey of ...

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Will new ordinance have dog lovers howling?

Numerous cases of pet hoarding and cruelty to animals have been in headlines of late, and one city has decided to take a stand on the issue. It is likely, however, to have dog lovers howling. The city of Meridian has adopted a new ordinance limiting dog ownership to three animals per household. The Meridian Star reports that Councilman Randy ...

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New partnership unveiled for swine-related research

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University is partnering with Prestage Farms Inc. as its researchers prepare to resume swine-related studies. The result has been the installation of feeders, a new watering system, a feed auger system to move feed to the pigs as needed and ventilation curtains that open and close automatically to control the temperature in the facility. Mark Crenshaw ...

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