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Former Southern Miss coach Turk dies at 71

HATTIESBURG, Mississippi — Former Southern Mississippi basketball coach M.K. Turk died on Friday morning. He was 71. Turk led the Golden Eagles for 20 seasons from 1976 to 1996 and finished with a school-record 301 victories, two NCAA tournament appearances and six NIT appearances, including one NIT championship. The school confirmed Turk’s death on Friday. He’s the only Southern Miss ...

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Byram announces plans for new Walmart

BYRAM, Mississippi — Richard White, Mayor of Byram, has announced Walmart’s interest in coming to the City of Byram. The proposed project would be an 185,000 SF Walmart Supercenter located at the southwest corner of Siwell and Terry Roads on a 68-acre site known as Byram Town Center. Walmart will incorporate their new storefront design at this location. The closest other Walmarts ...

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GOP Sen. Thad Cochran to run for seventh term

WASHINGTON —  Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi will seek a seventh term in 2014, setting up a Republican primary that pits an established incumbent who has brought billions of dollars to his home state against a tea party-backed challenger who says federal spending is out of control. Cochran, who turns 76 on Saturday, has been in the Senate since 1978. ...

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GOP Sen. Thad Cochran to run for seventh term

WASHINGTON — Thad Cochran, a Mississippi Republican who was first elected to the Senate in 1978, set up a generational and ideological clash in the state’s Republican primary when he announced Friday that he would seek a seventh term in 2014. While Cochran, who turns 76 on Saturday, has the support of many leading Republicans in the state, he is already ...

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Alcorn's finances being investigated; CFO resigns

LORMAN — Alcorn State University’s chief financial officer has resigned amid an investigation of alleged financial problems at the school. Mississippi Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds tells The Natchez Democrat that Betty Roberts resigned yesterday. Bounds says in a statement that his office has received reports of financial discrepancies and the College Boards staff is reviewing those reports. Bounds declined ...

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Officials, residents hunkering down as winter storm approaches

Officials are urging residents in North Mississippi to be prepared for an approaching winter storm that could bring significant icing to the region. Emergency crews were at the ready today and residents have been stocking up on groceries, buying electricity generators and gassing up their cars in advance of a winter storm that forecasters predict will bring freezing rain and ...

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C Spire launches next phase of 1-gig service rollout

RIDGELAND — C Spire’s initiative to bring ultra-fast 1 Gbps fiber to the home Internet service to Mississippi continues this week with the launch of customized web pages that allow residents in nine finalist cities to pre-register for the next-generation technology. The company launched the pre-registration phase Wednesday for the nation’s first and only statewide roll out of the 1 ...

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Hood clarifies opinion on open-carry gun law

JACKSON — Certain gun owners can carry concealed weapons even in areas where a local government has posted signs banning them, the attorney general’s office said yesterday in an opinion aimed at clarifying Mississippi’s gun laws. Gun owners who hold “enhanced permits” can take their weapons to places like churches, voting precincts and even inside passenger terminals of airports, even ...

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Court to hear case involving alligators and ExxonMobil

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has agreed to referee a dispute between a Wilkinson County couple and ExxonMobil Corporation over an alleged alligator infestation. Tom Christmas and his wife argue they didn’t discover the 84-plus alligators on land next to their homestead until four years after they bought the property in southwest Mississippi. ExxonMobil counters that the Christmases’ real ...

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Pickering wants court to authorize release of DMR records

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering asked a federal court yesterday to authorize the release of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources records that are being sought by a Gulf Coast newspaper. Pickering’s motion, filed in U.S. District Court in Gulfport, is in response to an order by Harrison County Chancery Judge Jennifer Schloegel. Gulf Publishing and the Sun Herald newspaper ...

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