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Keeton to retire next year as head of UMMC

JACKSON — The head of the University of Mississippi Medical Center has announced his retirement. Dr. James Keeton said today that he will retire as of June 30, 2015. Keeton, a pediatric urologist, has been vice chancellor of health affairs and dean of the University of Mississippi School of Medicine since July 2009. He’s worked at UMMC since 2002. Ole ...

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Second human case of West Nile identified

The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting the state’s second human case of West Nile virus for 2014.The new reported case is in Newton County. In February, health officials reported a case in Hinds County. The state health department only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. In 2013, Mississippi had 45 West Nile cases and five deaths. State Epidemiologist ...

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Board accepts first charter school application; negotiations beginning

JACKSON — Mississippi’s first charter school is closer to opening. The Charter School Authorizer Board voted today to accept the application of RePublic Charter Schools, which wants to open Reimagine Prep in Jackson, serving fifth grade through eighth grade. The board denied applications for charter schools in Columbus and Natchez. The board will now seek to negotiate a five-year contract ...

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EPA wants deep cut in state's carbon emissions from power plants

WASHINGTON — The federal government is proposing that Mississippi’s carbon dioxide emissions from power plants be 38 percent lower by year 2030 compared to 2005. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced specific targets for all states today as part of the Obama administration’s effort to reduce carbon dioxide emissions nationwide. Mississippi’s 2012 carbon emission rate was 1,130 pounds per megawatt ...

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Cochran gains strong support at Delta Council; Gov. Bryant calls him ‘best for Mississippi’

By Ted Carter CLEVELAND, Mississippi – Thad Cochran’s visit here Friday for the close of the Delta Council’s 79th annual meeting netted him several standing ovations from an auditorium of invited guests and a declaration of support from Gov. Phil Bryant as “best for Mississippi.” The enthusiasm for Cochran ran counter to an electronic poll taken among the guests gathered ...

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Sanderson Farms sees increase in sales, net income

LAUREL — Sanderson Farms Inc. (NASDAQ: SAFM) saw net sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 of $660.7 million compared with $621.2 million for the same period a year ago. For the quarter, net income was $51.0 million, or $2.21 per share, compared with net income of $24.4 million, or $1.06 per share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2013. Net ...

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FTC approves Franchise Services' sale of airport locations

RIDGELAND — Franchise Services of North America Inc. (FSNA) has released an update on the previously announced proposed sale of 22 airport concession agreements used by the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Simply Wheelz, LLC, which formerly did business as Advantage Rent A Car. The Federal Trade Commission has approved the sale of 12 of the locations to Avis Budget Car Rental, ...

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BCB shareholders approve proposed merger with The First

HATTIESBURG — BCB Holding Company Inc. shareholders have approved the previously announced merger of BCB with and into The First Bancshares Inc., holding company for The First, A National Banking Association. Concurrently, BCB’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Bay Bank, an Alabama banking corporation, will be merged with and into The First, A National Banking Association. In addition, The First Bancshares has received ...

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Airport lands grants to refurbish 'touchdown zones'

While the news hasn’t been all good recently for Mississippi’s airports, one has landed two separate grants to rework its runways. The Gulfport-Biloxi Airport Authority has received two grants worth $5.5 million from the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program for the reconstruction of the runway touchdown zones at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. The reconstruction of the concrete touchdown zones ...

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Ex-superintendent, conservator to oversee troubled school district

FOREST — Mark Boyles, a retired superintendent from Smith County and who has served in conservatorship roles for the state when needed, will assume oversight of Scott County schools on July 1. Boyles will replace Michael Vinson, who was appointed by the State Board of Education to oversee the district on Feb. 26. Vinson has announced he will retire June ...

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