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Bryant signs tax apportionment bill MEC says will help fix ‘out of whack' system

  The Mississippi Economic Council capped off its annual luncheon Thursday with Gov. Phil Bryant’s signing of a tax apportionment law the business organization had proclaimed its top priority heading into the 2014 legislative session. Bryant, joined by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, signed House Bill 799 in the corridors of the Jackson Convention Center Complex at the close of the ...

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Lung cancer detection gets boost from new procedure at UMMC

Courtesy of University of Mississippi Medical Center Division of Public Affairs JACKSON, Mississippi – More lung cancer patients could be saved by a new diagnostic procedure available at the University of Mississippi Medical Center that “maps” the body’s airways with GPS-like technology. Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (ENB), which debuted at UMMC in February, uses unique catheters that extend to parts of ...

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Council approves drastic cut in red snapper season in Gulf

GULF OF MEXICO — Charter boat and recreational fishermen will have only 11 days to reel in red snapper from the Gulf of Mexico this year. The limited snapper season, which was 42 days last year, is set to begin June 1 in federal waters. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved the emergency change this morning during a ...

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Got hush puppies? Maryland residents asked to eat catfish

Folks in Maryland are about to find out what Mississippians already know — catfish are tasty — as the state looks to avoid an environmental disaster. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it aims to reduce the number of invasive blue and flathead catfish in the state’s waterways, partly by encouraging people to eat them. The agency is announcing ...

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Cochran questions EPA over forest roads, flood control

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) yesterday questioned whether the Environmental Protection Agency can be more cooperative in dealing with other agencies when assessing environmental matters related to forests and flood control projects. Cochran participated in a Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to review the FY2015 budget request for the EPA. Cochran offered questions regarding implementation of a 2014 ...

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BancorpSouth buying Louisiana-based insurance firm

TUPELO — BancorpSouth Insurance Services Inc., a subsidiary of BancorpSouth Bank, has, signed a definitive agreement to acquire the assets of Lafayette, La.-based Knox Insurance Group, LLC. The transaction is expected to close immediately.  Financial terms of the pending transaction were not disclosed. “The Knox acquisition gives us an opportunity to meaningfully expand our market share in Southwest Louisiana,” said ...

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Advisories issued for two segments of beach

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has issued two water contact advisories for sampling stations in Harrison County. These segments of beach are not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these areas. The affected stations are: • Station 7A-Long Beach, which extends ...

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MDEQ welcomes new members to enHance program

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has accepted three new members, seven renewal memberships and two returning members into its enHance program for the 2014 class. enHance is a voluntary stewardship program begun in 2009 that recognizes committed environmental leaders who accomplish goals beyond their legal requirements. enHance is open to facilities, cities, counties and other ...

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Officials remain concerned about ongoing flooding

Two highways in Central Mississippi remain closed, and state officials are concerned about more damages and loss of life. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) reports Highway 427 at Highway 16 just south of Edinburg and Highway 80 at Chunky River are still closed. State Route 149 at Strong River and Dabb’s Creek and Highwawy 540 in Simpson County have ...

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