Archive for April, 2013

County to buy abandoned warehouse, industrial property

NATCHEZ — Adams County has agreed to buy a 450,000-square-foot warehouse at the Natchez-Adams County Port. County board of supervisors President Darryl Grennell says the warehouse will help economic development in the area. The warehouse on the Mississippi River houses products loaded on and unloaded off barges. The port has operated the warehouse for Valley […] [...]

Man accused of sending ricin-laced letters makes brief court appearance

by Associated Press Published: April 29,2013

Tags: attempted assasination, judge, law, law enforcement, legal, letter, mail, poison, politician, President, ricin, Senator, terror, terrorism, terrorist

TUPELO — A Mississippi man appeared briefly in court today on a charge that he made a deadly poison that was sent in letters to President Barack Obama, a senator and a judge. James Everett Dutschke was brought to federal court in Oxford wearing an orange jumpsuit with his hands shackled. The 41-year-old suspect said […] [...]

New plant means more active partnership with university

ELLISVILLE and HATTIESBURG — The official opening of GE Aviation’s new plant in Ellisville will mark a significant uptick in the partnership between the manufacturer and the University of Southern Mississippi. Tomorrow, GE Aviation opens its new facility at the Howard Technology Park in Ellisville. Previously, the Southern Miss School of Polymers and High Performance […] [...]

Terrorist acts now carry the death penalty with new law

by Associated Press Published: April 29,2013

Tags: crime, death penalty, law, law enforcement, legal, legislation, state government, terror, terrorism, terrorist

JACKSON — Acts of terrorism will be added to the list of crimes in Mississippi that could lead to the death penalty, if a victim is killed. Gov. Phil Bryant signed Senate Bill 2223 this past week. It takes effect July 1. Mississippi prosecutors already can pursue the death penalty if a victim is killed […] [...]

Man accused of sending ricin-laced letters due in court

TUPELO — A Mississippi man who describes himself as a patriot with no grudges against anyone was expected to appear in court today on charges of making and possessing ricin, part of the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others. The arrest of 41-year-old James Everett Dutschke early Saturday capped a […] [...]

Farmers waiting for blue sky; rain stymies planting

by MBJ Staff Published: April 29,2013

Tags: aghriculture, commodity, crop, farm, farmer, farming, plant, planting, rain, row crop, Weather, wet

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Farmers should be nearly finished planting corn and going strong with soybeans, rice and cotton, but instead Mississippi fields are quiet as rain keeps tractors in the barn. As of late April, the state had gone more than five weeks with only an occasional day or two suitable for planting. Mississippi corn […] [...]

Hancock sees greatly improved numbers, but still posts losses

by MBJ Staff Published: April 29,2013

Tags: cloth, earnings, fabric, loss, retail, retailer, retailing, revenue, sales, sew, shop, shopper, shopping, store

BALDWYN — Hancock Fabrics Inc. is reporting improved financial results for its fourth quarter ended Jan. 26 and full fifty-two weeks of fiscal 2012. For the quarter, net sales increased to $81.7 million, compared to $81.4 million for the fourth quarter of last year. Comparable store sales for the quarter increased 1.4 percent on top […] [...]

Water advisory issued on Coast bayou after fuel spill

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has issued a temporary water contact advisory for Dutch Bayou in Moss Point. The advisory was issued due to a fuel spill from the Pilot Travel Center located at 6705 Highway 63. MDEQ Emergency Response and Underground Storage Tank staff and local emergency officials […] [...]

Automaker makes half-million-dollar donation to schools

CANTON — Canton school officials say a gift from Nissan North America will be used to help at-risk students. Superintendent Dwight Luckett tells The Clarion-Ledger the district will hire specialists to work one-on-one or in small groups with students to help them catch up to grade level in reading, language arts and math. The $500,000 […] [...]

Abortion-inducing drugs now state-regulated

by Associated Press Published: April 28,2013

Tags: abortion, abortion-inducing drug, baby, birth, drug, health, health care, legisation, medical, medicine, public health, state law

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a bill that regulates the prescription and use of abortion-inducing drugs. He signed Senate Bill 2795, and it becomes law July 1. It says a physician must be present when a woman takes drugs prescribed to end a pregnancy in its early weeks. It also says the woman […] [...]

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