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UM Chancellor Jones: Lymphoma treatment going well

OXFORD — University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones says his treatment for lymphoma “continues to go as well as possible.” In an email to university employees and alumni, Jones says he is gratified by early good results of his treatment at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. The 65-year-old says he expects to […] [...]

State’s jobless rate falls slightly to 7.6 percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell slightly in October to 7.6 percent, according to figures released by the U.S. Labor Department. The rate was down from 7.7 percent in September and from 7.9 percent in August. Mississippi had an 8.2 jobless rate in October 2013. The survey found that the number of Mississippians with […] [...]

Ex-MDEQ leader Fisher joins Butler Snow

RIDGELAND — Trudy D. Fisher, the former executive director for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, has joined the Butler Snow law firm. Donald Clark Jr., chairman of Butler Snow, says in a news release that Fisher will focus on environmental, energy, regulatory, and government relations matters, including permitting and compliance issues around air, water, […] [...]

Investigators find massive Ag Museum fire was an accident

JACKSON — The fire that destroyed three buildings at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum started by accident, the fire marshal said yesterday. Mike Chaney, who is also the state insurance commissioner, said investigators believe the Nov. 13 fire started because hay was stacked too close to wall-mounted light fixtures on the upper floor of […] [...]

Gulf oil rig explosion kills one worker, injures three

GULF OF MEXICO — An explosion occurred on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday, killing one person and injuring three. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said Fieldwood Energy reported the explosion on its Echo Platform just before 3 p.m. about 12 miles off Louisiana’s coast. In a […] [...]

State’s casinos took in more winnings in October

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — A strong performance by Mississippi’s Gulf Coast casinos boosted gambling revenue to $167 million in October. The figure bested the $165.5 million lost by gamblers in October 2013. The 11 casinos in South Mississippi showed 9 percent jump in revenue — despite the closing of the Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi. Mississippi Department […] [...]

GOP congressional delegation opposes Obama’s immigration order

WASHINGTON — Mississippi Republicans in Congress say President Barack Obama is overstepping his authority and ignoring the wishes of voters by issuing an executive order protecting millions of immigrants from deportation. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, the lone Democrat in Mississippi’s congressional delegation, applauded Obama’s effort, calling it a “bold step” to begin changing “the broken […] [...]

MDMR receives Tidelands check for $9.5M from Hosemann

BILOXI — Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has presented a check for $9.5 million to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources to fund projects to increase public access to waterways and marine conservation management. Hosemann made the presentation yesterday to MDMR Executive Director Jamie Miller. The Tidelands Trust Fund Program began in 1994. Mississippians own […] [...]

Federal appeals court: State’s abortion law is unconstitutional

JACKSON — A federal appeals court said today that it won’t reconsider its earlier ruling that a 2012 Mississippi abortion law is unconstitutional. The decision means the law remains blocked and Mississippi’s only abortion clinic remains open. The law required abortion doctors to obtain admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. The clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, […] [...]

Man survives grain bin fall after five-hour rescue

WATERFORD — A man has been rescued after falling in a soybean bin in rural north Mississippi. Authorities say 57-year-old Larry Mitchell was brought out of the bin late yesterday after nearly five hours of work by the Waterford Fire Department and the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department to free him. Crews cut away parts of […] [...]

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