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Coastal Cleanup volunteers bag tons of marine trash

The 1,277 volunteers who had a part in the recent Coastal Cleanup Day picked up 956 bags of trash from Mississippi’s coastal beaches and waterways. That amounts to 15,465 pounds of marine trash. The cleanup is organized annually by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources and Mississippi Marine Debris Task Force. This year was the 25th annual cleanup. Earlier, volunteers ...

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Golf carts discussed at city council meeting again

A concerned citizen took the podium during a recent Bay St. Louis city council public forum to express concerns about kids driving golf carts around town. One under aged driver reportedly was seen chauffeuring his partying parents home. It wasn’t the first time that event was brought up to the council. The concerned citizen was assured the city is following ...

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SpaceX to bring more innovation to Stennis

SpaceX is bringing a new engine rocket testing program to Stennis Space Center along with an incredible background thanks to its forward-thinking chief, Elon Musk. Musk, the billionaire founder of PayPal, is CEO/CTO of SpaceX and CEO of Tesla Motors. Bloomberg Businessweek called Musk “the 21st century industrialist.” Most recently he made headlines with his concept for the Hyperloop transportation ...

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BEST PLACES TO WORK — LUBA lauds MBJ Best Places to Work awards

The Mississippi Business Journal recently announced its winners of its annual Best Places to Work survey. More than 300 people converged on the Hilton in Jackson for the awards ceremony. Businesses, large and small, from across the state were honored for the dedication they have shown to their workforces. “In business, technology and processes may change, but the fact remains ...

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USM's Polymer Institute signs MOU with WIINTECH

HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi Polymer Institute has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the WIINTECH group, which signifies the first official step in moving local Mississippi businesses toward international collaboration with the companies that are a part of that network. In the spring of 2012, Mississippi Polymer Institute, along with the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at ...

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Rice crop overcomes early weather challenges

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — After a late start for the planting season raised fears that a hot August could damage the crop, Mississippi’s rice has yielded a high-quality harvest. The Oct. 20 U.S. Department of Agriculture crop progress and condition report indicated the state’s rice crop was 96 percent harvested. The crop’s quality was rated as 50 percent good and 25 ...

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Siemens Energy adding workers at Richland plant

RICHLAND — Siemens Energy Inc. has added 40 new jobs at the central Mississippi plant where it makes high-voltage transmission equipment. Mississippi Development Authority says in a news release that the jobs are for the production of transformers. Employment is now about 400 at the plant in Richland. Gov. Phil Bryant and other officials gathered at the plant yesterday to ...

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County taking bids to clear timber off old IP site

NATCHEZ — The Adams County Board of Supervisors is advertising for bids for the removal of timber from the 470-acre site of the old International Paper plant. Board vice president Mike Lazarus tells the Natchez Democrat that the property’s previous owners, Rentech, were already logging the land when Adams County bought it in August. “The day we took the title, ...

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State acquires marshland property in Hancock County

HANCOCK COUNTY — The state of Mississippi has acquired 2,483 acres of marshland located at the mouth of the Pearl River in Hancock County, according to a release from Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “For the second time this year, we were able to acquire heritage properties for the Tidelands Preserve on behalf of the state of Mississippi. The Baldwin property ...

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State records third West Nile virus death of season

FORREST COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health says there’s been a third death in the state from the West Nile virus. Health officials say the death was a Forrest County resident who was a previously reported human case. The state total for 2013 is now 43 human cases, including three deaths. The other two deaths occurred in Forrest ...

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