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Extension: Supplemental wildlife feed can harm animals

Offering feed to wildlife is a trend gaining traction in newspaper outdoor columns, outdoor magazines, catalogs, ads and campfire discussions, but the practice can be harmful to wildlife. Manufacturers of such feeds encourage landowners and managers to offer supplemental feeding for a variety of game wildlife species. Simply stated, supplemental feeding is the practice of making foods other than natural ...

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Jackson's gas prices up last week

Average retail gasoline prices in Jackson have risen 2.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.25/g yesterday, according to GasBuddy’s daily survey of 273 gas outlets in Jackson. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.8 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.53/g, according to gasoline price website GasBuddy.com. Including the change in gas ...

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Cold weather protects wheat crop from freezing?

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — This year’s cold winter slowed wheat growth, so the late-March freeze across much of Mississippi probably did not cause major damage to the state’s wheat crop. Erick Larson, grain crops agronomist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said most wheat across the state had not reached a growth stage where it would have been sensitive to ...

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Cal-Maine sees better sales, net income

JACKSON — Cal-Maine Foods Inc. (NASDAQ: CALM) has released its results for the third quarter and nine months ended March 1, 2014. Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2014 were $395.5 million, compared with net sales of $360.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2013. The company reported net income of $42.9 million, or $1.78 per basic share and $1.77 ...

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Board of Education chooses system from Wisconsin company

JACKSON —  The Mississippi State Board of Education has approved the use of a K-3 assessment system from Renaissance Learning, a Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.-based provider of online assessments and data-powered teaching and learning solutions. This integrated assessment system will include a universal screener and diagnostic assessment, kindergarten readiness assessment tool, and a third-grade reading summative assessment. The Mississippi Department of ...

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Lawmakers hammer out budget just before deadline

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers has to approve dozens of bills in the state’s $6-billion budget before today’s deadline. Representatives and senators will be getting first looks at some measures for the budget year that begins July 1, because place-holder bills, filed Saturday, were sent back to committees to be rewritten yesterday. Several dozen spending bills were passed yesterday, mainly for ...

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Ceremony to be held for expansion of SMART system

STARKVILLE — A ceremony is being held today for expanding the Starkville-Mississippi State University Area Rapid Transit system. The ceremony is being held at the Palmeiro Center on the Mississippi State campus. Mississippi State president Mark Keenum says in a news release that the new service represents an expansion of an earlier shuttle system that primarily was focused on the ...

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Taylor's campaign for Congress tests party loyalty

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Party loyalty is being tested in one of Mississippi’s U.S. House districts as a former Democratic congressman runs in a Republican primary. Gene Taylor says he never asked constituents their political affiliation, and he hopes they’ll accept him with a new label. Republican Steven Palazzo, who unseated Taylor in the 2010 general election, notes it took ...

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Study finds fewer doctors accepting Medicare

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi State University researchers say fewer than half of Mississippi’s primary care doctors are taking new Medicare patients. The state has fewer primary care doctors per capita than any other state to begin with. Social science professor Ronald Cossman says researchers posing as new patients called doctors’ offices, reaching 580 of the 678 individual and group practice ...

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MDMR closes oyster reefs due to heavy rains

GULF OF MEXICO — Heavy rain has prompted Mississippi officials to close oyster reefs. Mississippi’s Department of Marine Resources said in a news release that all reefs closed at 4 p.m. Friday. No specific date for re-opening was given. Officials said the reefs will reopen when water samples meet state criteria. Heavy rainfall can affect salinity and bacteria levels in ...

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