Archive for January, 2013

Boats still idled by oil spill on Mississippi; reopening uncertain

VICKSBURG — With more than 50 vessels idled on the water for a fourth day today, authorities said they still do not know when they will be able to reopen a 16-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that has been closed due to an oil spill. A plan to pump oil from a leaking barge […] [...]

Union supporters say officials threaten to close Nissan plant

CANTON — Pro-union workers say Nissan Motor Co. has threatened to close its Canton assembly plant if workers vote for the United Auto Workers to represent them, though the company denies such threats. Such threats would violate federal law, which bars managers from telling employees they’ll close a plant in retaliation for a pro-union vote. […] [...]

House votes to block public access to gun permit info

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has voted to block public access to information about state-issued permits for people to carry concealed weapons. House Bill 485, backed by the National Rifle Association, passed 101-18. It moves for more debate in the Senate, where a similar bill has been filed. The House bill’s sponsor is Republican Mark […] [...]

Hosemann submits voter ID rules to Justice Department

JACKSON — Proposed administrative rules for the new voter photo identification requirement in the State of Mississippi have been delivered to the United States Department of Justice for approval. Under the proposed rules, any voter who lacks an acceptable photo ID may obtain a free voter photo ID card from a Mississippi Circuit Clerk’s Office […] [...]

Auditor says he can’t approve education program

JACKSON — Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering is calling on lawmakers to write new, stricter rules on computing how much state money goes to local schools. The Republican told the House Appropriations Committee he can’t approve the Mississippi Adequate Education Program formula, as required by law, because his office has found unreliable numbers on attendance, students […] [...]

Pharmaceutical distributor opens in The Accelerator

HATTIESBURG — Pharmaceutical distributor South Point Distributors, LLC has moved into The Accelerator at The University of Southern Mississippi. South Point is an international wholesale pharmaceutical supplier of legend drugs, over-the-counter drugs, generic-brand drugs and a variety of health care products. The company operates not only in Mississippi, but also in Florida and New Jersey, […] [...]

Capital City losing Sam’s Club to Madison

JACKSON — Sam’s Club in Jackson will close in late 2014, according to Wal-Mart company officials. The Clarion-Ledger reports the move will leave the capital city without a wholesale retailer of any kind. Wal-Mart spokesman Daniel Morales says the store will move to Madison once a new store can be built. Wal-Mart operates a Sam’s […] [...]

Air Force base wins award for recycling efforts

BILOXI — Keesler Air Force Base has been named an environmental hero in Mississippi for its comprehensive recycling efforts. The Sun Herald reports the Mississippi Recycling Coalition chose Keesler as the recipient of its 2012 Environmental Hero Award as the state or federal government recycler of the year. The base recycled nearly 2,700 tons of […] [...]

NRF forecasts retail growth this year to lag 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Retail Federation released its 2013 economic forecast today, projecting retail industry sales (which exclude automobiles, gas stations, and restaurants) will increase 3.4 percent, slightly less than the preliminary 4.2 percent growth seen in 2012. The subdued forecast comes on the heels of a holiday season that went head-to-head with Washington’s […] [...]

Cochran’s disaster recovery bill heads to White House

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate has approved legislation that includes provisions coauthored by U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) to improve the ability of the federal government to help states and communities recover from major disasters. The provisions, authored by Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Cochran, are part of the disaster supplemental appropriations package (HR.152) approved […] [...]

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