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Bi-partisan criminal justice panel urges refocusing of sentencing, parole policies

In a report issued Tuesday, the Mississippi Criminal Justice Task Force concluded Mississippi’s criminal justice and corrections systems are at a critical crossroads. The Task Force concluded that the route the state has taken up to now leads to more than a quarter of a billion dollars in additional spending over the next 10 years; a second route that would ...

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Towneplace suites to open in Ridgeland

RIDGELAND, Mississippi – The custom designed 94-suite TownePlace Suites by Marriott in Ridgeland is scheduled to open Friday. Located at 310 Southlake Avenue, the TownePlace Suites Jackson Ridgeland/The Township at Colony Park will operate as a Marriott franchise, owned by Township Hospitality Group, LLC and managed by InterMountain Management, LLC, Monroe, Louisiana. “We are pleased to introduce the TownePlace Suites ...

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Department name-change reflects new movement in forestry

A department at Mississippi State University is changes its name as it changes with the times. MSU says its Department of Forest Products is now the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts. Department head Rubin Shmulsky said over the last few decades, the forestry industry has evolved to include both wood and other bioproducts, including agricultural residues, natural fibers and adhesives. He ...

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Report: State ranks sixth-lowest in post-claim car insurance hikes

SAN FRANCISCO — Drivers pay an average of 38% more for car insurance after making a single claim, according to a new insuranceQuotes.com report. The hike is steepest in Massachusetts, where just one claim leads to an average premium increase of 67%. California (+62%) and New Jersey (+59%) are not far behind. Maryland has the lowest post-claim increase (+20%), followed ...

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Cochran: 'We are making progress' on farm bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking Republican on the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee, has offered his thoughts on the prospects of Congress completing a new, five-year farm bill early next year. Cochran addressed work on the farm bill during remarks to the Senate following his participation in the latest morning conference meeting with Senate Agriculture ...

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Riders rank MSU track best for barrel racing

STARKVILLE — To find out how important packed dirt is on a rodeo floor, just ask a barrel racer whose horse has just fallen in a timed event. Riders recently named the Mississippi Horse Park at Mississippi State University as a “best footing” arena for barrel racing in the Southeastern circuit. The circuit consists of nine states and 26 professional ...

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Sales, net income rise at Sanderson Farms

LAUREL — Sanderson Farms Inc. has reported results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Oct. 31, 2013. Net sales for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 were $727.1 million compared with $648.4 million for the same period a year ago. For the quarter, the Company reported net income of $45.3 million, or $1.97 per share, compared with net income of ...

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County to borrow $24M for wood pellet terminal at port

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County supervisors have voted to borrow $24 million for the Port of Pascagoula’s wood pellet exporting terminal. The Mississippi Press reports that the board of supervisors acted yesterday after no one showed up for a public hearing. The terminal will handle wood pellets from a plant that is supposed to be built in George County starting in ...

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Supervisors call meeting to discuss Section 42 housing tax dispute

MCCOMB — Pike County supervisors want to meet with owners of Section 42 housing to settle a tax dispute that could cost the county thousands of dollars. Section 42 is housing, low-income apartment complexes whose developers get tax credits for building them. For years counties factored in the tax credits when calculating the apartments’ income for taxation purposes. In 2005, ...

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Diet clinic owner, manager arrested on drug charges

MCCOMB — The owner and business manager of the McComb weight loss clinic have been charged with selling drugs and practicing medicine without a license. Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics spokeswoman Delores Lewis said this past week’s arrests are the culmination of two-month investigation. Lewis tells the Enterprise-Journal that Shameka N. Wells, 33, and Chanell C. James Kate, 34, are each ...

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