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McDaniel calls Cochran's accusations over blogger's photograph 'absurd witch hunt'

The mudslinging over a blogger taking a photograph of the ill wife of a U.S. Senator is far from over. Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s campaign says his Republican primary challenger failed to report a potential crime to authorities after learning someone briefly posted an online video with an unauthorized photo of Cochran’s bedridden wife in a nursing home. Challenger Chris ...

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Revenue figures show struggles of casinos, especially along river

The April revenue figures for the state’s casinos back up what the Mississippi Business Journal reported last week from the Southern Gaming Summit — Coast casinos are hanging on while riverboats continue to bleed. Mississippi Department of Revenue figures show casinos statewide won $164 million from gamblers in April, down 6 percent from April 2013. The 12 coastal casinos won ...

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EPA task force recruits MSU to battle farmland runoff into river

STARKVILLE — A task force established by the Environmental Protection Agency to curtail farmland pollution that flows into the Mississippi River has reached an agreement with 12 universities, including one in Mississippi. The EPA says states already collaborate with universities on local water quality research and agricultural programs but to date there hasn’t been a formal process for sharing university ...

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Stark Aerospace rolls out ArrowLite unmanned system

COLUMBUS — Stark Aerospace has introduced the ArrowLite hand-launched, single-operator tactical unmanned aerial system. The ArrowLite was designed, developed and manufactured by Stark Aerospace with support from the Program Manager for Tactical Operations Support (PM TOS), Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO). CTTSO awarded Stark a contract to develop the ArrowLite system for use by special operations and counter-terrorism small ...

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Rothenberg to address Delta 1000 during Delta Council event

The Mississippi Delta’s lead economic development organization is bringing in a noted political pundit to address members during its annual meeting. Stu Rothenberg, widely recognized political analyst, will address Delta 1000 members at the May 30 Delta Council Annual Meeting in Cleveland. “Stu Rothenberg has become a staple at Delta Council meetings because his many friends and admirers in the ...

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Ground broken on first PSC-funded natural gas expansion project

What does natural gas and economic development have in common? Job creation, says the Mississippi Public Service Commission. Officials have broken ground on one of the first natural gas expansion projects funded by the PSC’s economic development initiative. With the groundbreaking, Attala Industrial Park in Kosciusko will become one of the first beneficiaries of the Commission-approved economic development fund, receiving ...

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NARUC lawsuit stops collections for Nuclear Waste Fund

JACKSON — Thanks to the work of state utility commissions, this year Mississippi ratepayers will have an estimated $3.7 million dollars in their pockets which would otherwise go to the federal government, says Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley. As a result of a lawsuit brought by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), of which the Mississippi Public Service ...

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Survey finds seat belt usage declining as fatalities rise

JACKSON — New data from the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety shows the observed belt usage rate is at 74.4 percent. That’s compared to 83 percent in 2012, officials said yesterday in a news release. Fatalities also increased last year. In 2013, 613 people died from traffic accidents in Mississippi, a 5.3 percent increase from 2012. Public Safety Commissioner Albert ...

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Portions of forest to get beetle-fighting effort through farm bill

CHICKASAW COUNTY – A battle against a growing southern pine beetle infestation in Mississippi’s Tombigbee National Forest will be fought by the U.S. Forest Service using designations authorized in the 2014 farm bill. The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) yesterday officially designated portions of the Tombigbee National Forest as a landscape-scale insect and disease treatment area that is subject to expedited ...

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Report: State's manufacturing sector adds jobs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Manufacturing employment in Mississippi increased one percent over the past year, according the 2014 Mississippi Manufacturers Register, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News Inc. (MNI). According to data collected by MNI, Mississippi manufacturers added 1,875 jobs from March 2013 to March 2014. Manufacturers’ News reports Mississippi is now home to 2,916 manufacturers employing 170,294 ...

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