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Obama signs bill funding barrier islands' restoration, river work

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — President Barack Obama today signed a bill that includes authorization for $693.3 million for the Mississippi Coastal Improvement Program in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties. The Mississippi Coastal Improvements Program was initiated after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the first phase was completed in 2012. Work has included restoration of the barrier islands in the Mississippi Sound, ...

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Cochran, McDaniel exchange jabs on federal spending, deficit

HATTIESBURG — Mississippi’s two Republican candidates for U.S. Senate are beginning to fire directly at each other, even as party officials prepare to make their runoff official. Six-term incumbent U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran visited Forrest General Hospital and the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg today, highlighting both as programs he’s helped finance. Cochran says it would “dangerous” to elect ...

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Entergy wants PSC to approve overhaul of entire rate structure

JACKSON — Entergy Corp. officials tell The Associated Press they will ask Mississippi regulators to overhaul the power provider’s entire rate structure in a proposal that would generated an estimated $49 million increase in annual revenue. The rate overhaul would be the company’s first in 12 years. Entergy Mississippi CEO Haley Fisackerly tells The Associated Press that rates would rise ...

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Voters view casinos more favorably, industry poll shows

In an attempt to find national political support for the gaming industry, the American Gaming Association Tuesday released highlights of a poll that it says shows voters view gaming more favorably than in previous years. According to the poll, more Americans embrace gaming, and more Americans believe casinos create jobs and strengthen local communities. It also says a portrait of ...

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Eye doctor accused of killing his wife dies in hospital

JACKSON — A Jackson ophthalmologist who was charged in the fatal shooting of his wife has died at a Jackson hospital. Dr. William Mayfield, a retired ophthalmologist, was arrested April 30 and charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife. Police say they found 67-year-old Susan Mayfield suffering from a shotgun wound to the stomach at the couple’s ...

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Audit: Patients waiting more than a month to see doctor at VA hospital

JACKSON — Patients seeking care through the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veterans Administration Medical Center in Jackson are waiting an average of 45 days for their first appointment with a primary care doctor, according to a wide-ranging audit released yesterday. That’s about three times longer than the Veterans Affairs Department’s 14-day goal for seeing first-time patients, which the audit said was ...

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Oil exploration company gets $400M from private equity firm

WILKINSON COUNTY — A private equity firm will invest up to $400 million to support efforts by Houston-based Halcón Resources Corp to drill for oil on the 314,000 acres that Halcón has leased in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale of southwest Mississippi and southeast Louisiana. Halcón said yesterday that it would sell $150 million in preferred stock to Apollo Global Management, ...

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McDaniel promises to protect shipbuilders; Cochran focuses on farmers

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Republican U.S. Senate challenger Chris McDaniel promised yesterday to protect naval shipbuilding despite a national debt he views as the greatest threat to American security, while incumbent Thad Cochran focused on his record of helping Mississippi farmers. McDaniel, a state senator from Ellisville, campaigned yesterday along the Gulf Coast, seeking to mobilize voters for the June 24 ...

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Nunnelee resting after surgery to remove brain tumor

JACKSON — A Republican congressman from north Mississippi is recovering from brain surgery. Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo had the surgery yesterday at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to remove a small mass found on his brain. A statement released by Nunnelee’s office says family members indicate the surgery went well and that Nunnelee is resting comfortably. ...

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