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Louisiana official chosen as charter school board director

JACKSON — An employee who leads charter schools in Louisiana has been hired as executive director of the new Charter School Authorizer Board in Mississippi. Officials said today that Marian Schutte (SHED-dy), of New Orleans, will begin her $95,000-a-year Mississippi job on Nov. 3. The seven-member Mississippi board is preparing to make decisions in December […] [...]

Treasury okays rule for dividing oil spill recovery trust funds

GULF COAST — The U.S. Treasury Department says it has cleared the way for Gulf Coast state and local governments to begin applying for recovery grants through a federal RESTORE Act trust fund fed with civil penalties arising from the 2010 BP oil spill. A department statement says that, so far, the trust fund has […] [...]

Lumber company draws citation from OSHA after worker’s death

FULTON — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Graham Lumber Co. in Fulton for two safety violations following the April death of a worker who got entangled in a conveyor belt. OSHA says in a news release the worker, employed at the company for less than two weeks, was cleaning up sawdust and […] [...]

After two-year absence, BASS returning to Ross Barnett

CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI — The Ross Barnett Reservoir will be the first stop on the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society’s Central Open Series in 2015. The tournament dates are March 12-14 and the event is expected to draw in excess of 300 professional anglers and amateurs. A Bassmasters tournament was held the Barnett Reservoir in 2013. BASS […] [...]

Ergon expanding Vicksburg refinery, spending $150M

VICKSBURG — Ergon Inc. says it will spend $150 million to expand its Vicksburg refinery. The Flowood-based private company said yesterday that it would enhance parts of the refinery and expand its tank farm. It said the changes, in addition to allowing it to make more products, would allow Ergon to feed the refinery with […] [...]

Health officials identify yet another case of West Nile virus

HINDS COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Health is confirming one new case of West Nile virus, bringing the state total to 44 this year with five deaths. The new case was reported in Hinds County. So far this year, human WNV cases have been reported in the following counties: Adams (3), Bolivar (1), Calhoun […] [...]

Damage reported, but few injuries, from yesterday’s storms

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Trees tumbled and some buildings were damaged yesterday, but few injuries were reported as a strong cold front pushed a line of thunderstorms across Mississippi. Starkville, where a sharp, brief storm hit just after 5 p.m., was among the hardest-hit locations. “There is a potential it could have been a microburst,” said […] [...]

Man bargaining with prosecutors in Rose Cochran photo case

CANTON — Prosecutors say they are in plea bargain talks with a man allegedly involved in plotting to take unauthorized photos of Sen. Thad Cochran’s bedridden wife during the Republican primary campaign. Madison County District Attorney Michael Guest tells the Madison County Journal the talks could result in Richard Sager, a teacher from Laurel, testifying […] [...]

Hoyt Ming gets marker on Mississippi Country Music Trail

ACKERMAN — Hoyt Ming, the founder, leader of and fiddler in Hoyt Ming & His Pep Steppers, was honored yesterday with a marker on the Mississippi Country Music Trail. The marker was unveiled at 11 a.m. at East Main and North Hobson in Ackerman. The Pep Steppers was a Tupelo-based country string band consisting of […] [...]

South Mississippi woman pleads guilty to bank, wire fraud

PICAYUNE — A Picayune woman has pleaded guilty in connection with a fraud scheme in New Orleans. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite’s office says 50-year-old Kim Parish entered the plea yesterday to charges of bank fraud and wire fraud. Prosecutors said Parish worked as an accountant for a New Orleans information technology services business, which she […] [...]

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