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Bryant names new MDEQ director

Special to the MBJ Gov. Phil Bryant has named Gary Rikard to succeed Trudy Fisher as executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Fisher, who has served as executive director since 2007, has announced her intentions to return to the private sector at the end of the summer. “Trudy has worked tirelessly in her capacity as executive director, ...

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Scientists: Tick bite can cause red meat allergy

STARKVILLE — Steak lovers beware: Scientists have discovered certain tick bites can cause an allergy to red meat. Jerome Goddard, medical entomologist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the lone star tick species carries a sugar that can be transmitted through its bite. The transmission of the sugar may cause people to become allergic to red meat. Goddard ...

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Ergon plans significant expansion of Appalachian operations

JACKSON — Ergon Inc. plans to enhance its subsidiaries’ facilities in the Appalachian Basin. The Appalachian Basin comprises the Marcellus Shale and Utica Shale Plays. Several Ergon subsidiaries, including Ergon-West Virginia Inc., its refinery, acquired from Quaker State in 1997, Ergon Oil Purchasing Inc., Ergon Terminaling Inc., Ergon Trucking Inc. and Magnolia Marine Transport Company, have operated in the region ...

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The First expands Gulf presence with BCB acquisition

The First Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: FBMS), holding company for The First, A National Banking Association, has acquired BCB Holding Company Inc., holding company for Mobile, Alabama-based Bay Bank. Terms were not disclosed. The First president and CEO Hoppy Cole said, “We are excited about the opportunities that this merger will create in the Mobile market.” The acquisition will further expand ...

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Wild horse roundup contract terminated following protests

PELAHATCHIE — Wild horse advocates dropped a lawsuit yesterday challenging roundups at a wildlife refuge on the Nevada-California line after federal officials severed ties with a contractor accused by critics of allowing some mustangs to be sold for slaughter. The Fish and Wildlife Service notified J&S Associates of Mississippi on June 23 that its contract had been terminated and the ...

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Senate committee okays funding for Coast Guard cutter

PASCAGOULA — The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved full funding for production of the U.S. Coast Guard’s eighth National Security Cutter (NSC-8) at the Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) yesterday provided the update following the award of a $76.5-million long-lead materials contract for Ingalls to prepare for production of NSC-8. The Senate Appropriations Committee last week approved ...

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Four arrested for involvement in counterfeit money ring

OVETT — Four people are now in custody in the investigation of a counterfeit money ring in Jones County. Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Keith LeRoy says officers are looking for a fifth suspect. LeRoy tells The Chronicle the four people arrested on forgery charges are Shawn Donella Wade, David Alton Wade, Leland G. Wade and Melissa Michelle McBride-Creel, all of Ovett. ...

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McDaniel still not conceding; fight over poll books continues

JACKSON — State Sen. Chris McDaniel has presented no evidence to support his claim that voter fraud pushed Senate incumbent Thad Cochran to victory in Mississippi’s GOP runoff. And without evidence, the tea party-backed hopeful is going to have a tough time overturning Cochran’s nearly 6,800-vote win. But a week after the balloting, McDaniel isn’t giving up. McDaniel spokesman Noel ...

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State's tax collections grew 5 percent last budget year

JACKSON — Mississippi tax collections continued growing strongly in the just-concluded budget year, posting another year of 5 percent growth and ensuring that money will be available to help improve local roads and bridges. State Department of Revenue figures show general fund tax receipts grew to a record $5.25 billion in the 2014 budget year, which ended Monday. Lawmakers raised ...

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Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional CVB hires first chief

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau went to neighboring Louisiana to find its new executive director, hiring Renee Areng away from the Visit Baton Rouge visitor promotion agency.   Areng, executive VP of Visit Baton Rouge, will take over as head of the of the year-old regional Mississippi coast tourism bureau on Aug. 1. She joined Visit ...

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