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DHS conducting hearing concerning new welfare drug-testing law

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Human Services is holding a public hearing today to gather comments about a new welfare drug-testing law. The state law was supposed take effect July 1 but was delayed after advocacy groups chided the agency for not holding a forum about how the measure might affect the poor, particularly […] [...]

Health officials identify another case of chikungunya virus

JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health is confirming one new human case of chikungunya (chih-kihn-GUHN’-yuh) virus. Health officials say in a news release the newest case occurred in a resident who recently returned from the Dominican Republic. This is the fourth human case reported in a Mississippi. The three cases previously reported occurred […] [...]

Wasted away — Margaritaville in Biloxi to close by Sept. 19

Just a little more than two years after it opened, Margaritaville Casino in Biloxi will close its doors on or before, Sept. 19, the casino said today in a memo to its employees. “MVB Holding, LLC has been actively working to resolve a dispute with its landlords to secure financing to build a hotel and […] [...]

Blue Cross, Habitat building home for Jackson family

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi is building a home for a Jackson family as part of a Covenant Build project. The home at 1027 Gentry St. will provide a home for Latoya Eubanks and her two children. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi’s Team Blue employees are providing 100 percent of the […] [...]

Cochran has doubts about effectiveness of antidumping efforts

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is questioning the effectiveness of antidumping levies as evidence mounts that some nations are finding ways to evade punishment while still flooding U.S. markets with imported shrimp, crawfish, furniture and other products. Cochran raised the issue at a Senate Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the enforcement of […] [...]

Seafood dealer/processor guilty of illegal handling of oysters

PASS CHRISTIAN — A seafood dealer and processor has been found guilty of possessing unrefrigerated oysters and possession of illegal oysters. Quy Huu Nguyen of Pass Christian was found guilty of the two charges by Judge Brandon Ladner in Harrison County Justice Court. He was fined $858 and has 30 days to pay. Marine Patrol […] [...]

Chevron U.S.A.’s base oil facility begins production

PASCAGOULA — Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) subsidiary Chevron U.S.A. Inc. has begun commercial production of premium base oils from a newly constructed manufacturing facility at the company’s Pascagoula refinery. Base oils produced at Pascagoula will add to capacity from the company’s refinery in Richmond, California, and a joint venture facility in Yeosu, Korea, approximately doubling Chevron’s […] [...]

Mississippi Power conducts successful tests at Kemper plant

KEMPER COUNTY — Workers at Mississippi Power’s Kemper County energy facility successfully reached two major testing milestones: testing of the combined cycle unit and pressure testing of both gasifiers. The successful completion of the tests is an indication of continued progress on putting both pieces of equipment into service. Recent testing of the combined cycle […] [...]

Corn growers watch bear market eat profits

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Who knew Mississippi corn growers should worry about bears? The bears are not in the fields eating the crop; they are in the market, eating the profits. When economists refer to a bear market, they are talking about declining stock prices over a prolonged period, usually a 20 percent or larger decline. […] [...]

Severstal selling plants, including Severstal Columbus

COLUMBUS — Russian steel company Severstal is exiting the U.S. market, selling a pair of steel plants to AK Steel and Steel Dynamics for about $2.33 billion. Word of a possible sale began to circulate earlier this year as the West threatened sanctions against Russia for its activity in the Ukraine, but Severstal has not […] [...]

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