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Mississippi timber site removed from EPA Superfund list

A Mississippi timber site the U.S. Environmental Protection Service targeted for cleanup nearly two decades ago has been removed from the agency’s Superfund list. The Hattiesburg American reports Davis Timber Co. in Lamar County was targeted for cleanup because of groundwater, soil and sediment contamination by the facility. The 30-acre site was just one of 18 sites deleted Wednesday from ...

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Analysis: Debates might aid voters, but candidates pass

JEFF AMY If a debate in Mississippi’s U.S. Senate race to fill out the unexpired term of the retired Thad Cochran had gone off as planned last Thursday at Millsaps College in Jackson, you might be reading more about the event in this space. But the debate fell apart after appointed Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith said she wouldn’t be there. ...

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Hurricane Michael gains strength, takes aim at north Florida

Hurricane Michael intensified into a Category 2 over warm Gulf of Mexico waters Tuesday amid fears it would strike Florida on Wednesday as an even stronger hurricane. Mandatory evacuations were issued as beach dwellers rushed to board up homes just ahead of what could be a devastating hit. A hurricane hunter plane that bounced into the swirling eye off the ...

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Analysis: Endorsements in ‘blender’ of what voters consider

EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Candidates in a U.S. Senate special election in Mississippi are promoting endorsements they’re receiving from other politicians. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith is backed by President Donald Trump, and they are scheduled to appear together at a rally Tuesday in northern Mississippi’s DeSoto County. Democratic challenger Mike Espy is endorsed by Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and ...

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Mississippi suburb’s flood won’t qualify as federal disaster

Victims of a flash flood that damaged more than 150 structures in central Mississippi are unlikely to qualify for federal disaster aid. WLBT-TV reports the Mississippi Emergency Management completed its assessment Monday and found that damage in Pearl from the Sept. 26 flood doesn’t meet the threshold for a federal disaster declaration. Agency spokesman Greg Flynn reports that 146 homes, ...

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Dem running for Mississippi governor: Help ‘least among us’

Mississippi’s Democratic attorney general on Wednesday launched his 2019 campaign for governor of one of the poorest states in the nation, citing the biblical mandate to help the needy. “Jesus taught us to fight for the poor and the elderly and the widows and the children — the least among us,” Jim Hood said in announcing his candidacy in his ...

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Cruisin’ the Coast under way along Mississippi Gulf

Thousands of classic cars and trucks are on the Mississippi Gulf Coast this week for Cruisin’ the Coast. Gulf news outlets report that more than 8,000 participants were expected to bring their antique, classic and hot rod cars this year for a festival that started in 1996 with a few hundred cars. They participate at venues along a 30-mile stretch ...

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Nissan says it spent $170M to retool for new sedan model

Nissan Motor Co. says it invested $170 million at plants in Mississippi and Tennessee as it retooled to make a new Altima sedan model. The company officially marked the start of production in Canton Thursday with a ceremony including Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant. The company also makes the cars at its Smyrna, Tennessee, plant, where production of the sixth-generation Altima ...

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Republicans favor new federal regulation on sports gambling

House Republicans strongly favor new federal regulations on sports gambling after the Supreme Court allowed states to open sports books. At a hearing of a House Judiciary subcommittee, GOP members expressed concerns Thursday about advertisements and online gambling platforms targeting minors, as well as the potential for match-fixing. “For Congress to do nothing is the worst possible alternative,” said Rep. ...

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Navy awards $3.9 billion contract to Bath Iron Works

The U.S. Navy says it’s awarded a ship’s $3.9 billion contract to Bath Iron Works to build four new destroyers. The Navy announced Friday that it awarded the contract to the Bath shipyard as part of a plan to build 10 new Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. Competitor Huntington Ingalls of Mississippi will build six destroyers. The contracts contain options for additional ...

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