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LLOYD GRAY: Not everyone always for disaster relief …

Here is an excerpt from Lloyd Gray’s Sunday column in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in which he takes Chris McDaniel to task for his previous statements in which he said he isn’t sure whether he would have voted for disaster aid for the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina … This was Tupelo’s biggest disaster since the 1936 ...

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Court of Appeals to hear arguments in hospitals' fight

BILOXI — The Mississippi Court of Appeals will referee a dispute between Gulf Coast hospital systems over the location of a proposed new medical center in Biloxi. The court will hear oral arguments June 12 in Jackson from Singing River Health System, which opposes the new hospital, and Health Management Associates, which wants to build it. State health officials issued ...

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Report finds Coast 'exceptionally vulnerable' to global warming

A new report says global warming is a real threat to the region, and its affects could be felt first on the Gulf Coast. The Southeast is “exceptionally vulnerable” to sea level rise, extreme heat events, hurricanes and a decreasing freshwater supply, according to the National Climate Assessment. The 11-state region — home to seven major ports and fast-growing metropolitan ...

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Businessman admits to defrauding USDA in kickback scheme

HATTIESBURG — A Hattiesburg businessman has pleaded guilty to a kickback scheme, which defrauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Prosecutors say 82-year-old T.L. Pittman Jr. entered the plea in federal court in Hattiesburg to a bill of information that charged him with one count of theft of government funds. He will be sentenced Aug. 18. Prosecutors say Pittman, through his ...

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Cashion pushing first-ever 'Mississippi Seafood Trail'

GULFPORT — Mike Cashion, executive director of the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association, will be on the Gulf Coast today to host a briefing for area restaurant owners and managers about a new summer Gulf seafood campaign and the creation of the first “Mississippi Seafood Trail.” The effort is designed to promote and drive business to participating restaurants that sell ...

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Sentencing for man who sent ricin-laced letters moved to Oxford

OXFORD — The May 14 sentencing for James Everett Dutschke has been moved to Oxford from Aberdeen. The order was filed Tuesday in the U.S. District Court clerk’s office. No explanation for the change was included with the order. Judge Sharion Aycock will preside over the 10:30 a.m. sentencing. The 42-year-old Tupelo man pleaded guilty in January to charges of ...

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Supervisors approve measure for Sunday beer sales

IUKA — The Tishomingo County Board of Supervisors has approved the Sunday sale of beer in the county. Deputy Chancery Clerk Lynn West says the date for an extension of hours will be set after a legal notice of the proposal is published for three weeks. New Sunday beer sale hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The change ...

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Sixth Mississippi city passes LBGT resolution

BAY ST. LOUIS — The city of Bay St. Louis has unanimously passed a measure recognizing the dignity and worth of all city residents, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), the Human Rights Campaign reports. Bay St. Louis joins five other Mississippi cities — Starkville, Hattiesburg, Greenville, Magnolia and Oxford — which all passed similar actions ...

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C Spire to begin building Fiber to the Home infrastructure

C Spire’s plan of building a high-speed Internet network in selected communities has reached another milestone. C Spire will hold a news conference tomorrow in Ridgeland when the company will announce the beginning of construction on its ultra-high speed 1 Gig Fiber to the Home initiative. The announcement is the next step in C Spire’s “Get Fiber First” challenge — ...

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