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CATTLE RUSTLIN' — Rising cattle prices raise rustler worries

Livingston Springs Farms in Flora raises Belted Galloways, commonly called “oreo cows,” for grass-fed beef. It’s summer time and the living is just a bit easier for Mississippi’s agriculture theft investigators — at least when it comes to chasing down cattle rustlers. But no one can say how long things will stay that way as beef prices head to record ...

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Gov. Bryant may prefer Legislature instead of courts to face BlueCross

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON, Mississippi – Gov. Phil Bryant may not be ending his battle with BlueCross & BlueShield, but instead may be moving the contest to a different venue – a political venue where he has more expertise – the Mississippi Legislature. Bryant, for whatever reason, decided last week he did not want to fight insurance company BlueCross in ...

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Miss. NG chief bucks Pentagon with refusal to recognize same sex marriages

JACKSON, Mississippi– Mississippi’s top Army National Guard officer, Maj. Gen. Augustus “Leon” Collins, is caught between Mississippi’s refusal to recognize gay marriage and the insistence of the Pentagon that Mississippi issue official ID cards to the same-sex spouses of Air and Army National Guard members. At this point, Mississippi Adjutant General Collins is sticking with the position outlined late Friday ...

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UPDATE: US Supreme Court rejects Killen's appeal in 1964 slayings of 3 civil rights workers in Miss.

JACKSON, Mississippi — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, the AP has reported, rejected an appeal from Edgar Ray Killen, convicted of manslaughter in 2005 for the 1964 slayings of three civil rights workers in what became known as the “Mississippi Burning” case. The decision means the justices won’t review lower-court rulings that found no violations of Killen’s constitutional rights during ...

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State receives settlement involving securities violation

JACKSON — Mississippi has received $34,070 in settlement funds from a state securities violation. Another multi-state investigation by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA), of which includes Mississippi, found RBC Capital Market employees sold securities without properly registering with the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office. “Registering investment advisors provides confidence to Mississippi citizens when they purchase securities in Mississippi, ...

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Farm Credit Bank sees increase in earnings, loans

AUSTIN, Texas — Farm Credit Bank of Texas (FCBT) reported increased earnings and loan volume in the third quarter. The cooperatively owned funding bank reported net income of $43.5 million for the third quarter of 2013, a 4.7 percent increase from the same period in 2012. Net income for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2013, was $139.9 million, up 7.5 percent ...

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Winter wheat planting on schedule; crop looks good so far

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Fall planting of the state’s winter wheat crop is on schedule, and early-season growth looks good in fields planted so far. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Oct. 27 report, 28 percent of the state’s expected wheat crop had been planted. Unlike spring, when all row crops were well behind schedule, this estimate puts wheat exactly ...

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C Spire names "Fiber" finalists, reveals digital TV pricing

RIDGELAND, Mississippi — Nine Mississippi cities have been selected finalists in C Spire’s “Get Fiber First Challenge,” a project to provide homes with internet and digital television connections that are 100 times faster than the national average. During Monday’s announcement at the C Spire headquarters in Ridgeland, officials explained the next step for the finalists, and unveiled the pricing for ...

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Blue Rose Estate Sales opens in Bay St. Louis

BAY ST. LOUIS, Mississippi — Blue Rose Estate Sales is now open at 442 Main St., where Loiacano’s Gym was located. Jul Lee Dedeaux is manager and partner along with Herb Pursley and Philip LaGrange. Dedeaux said the store carries high end, unique home decor and furniture including light fixtures and chandeliers plus some jewelry. “I do take select consignments ...

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Fitch takes no action after Kemper plant cost, schedule changes

KEMPER COUNTY — Fitch Ratings is not taking any rating actions following the latest cost revisions and schedule extension for the Kemper integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) project. Last week, Mississippi Power Company (Mississippi Power) announced a revision in the scheduled in-service date for Kemper IGCC. The operational date is delayed to the fourth quarter of 2014, from May 2014, ...

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