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Corps releasing water from lake to raise falling river

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — Amid strong concerns about the declining level of the already low Mississippi River, the Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water from an Illinois lake to add to the flow of the Mississippi. Last Saturday, Corps of Engineers officials began releasing water at Carlyle Lake in southern Illinois, saying the additional water […] [...]

Audit finds questionable bidding processes at DMR

BILOXI — A preliminary audit by federal authorities says the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources may have skirted laws requiring competitive bidding in awarding more than $600,000 in contracts and an additional $116,000 to a consultant. The Sun Herald reports the U.S. Interior Department’s Office of Inspector General’s preliminary audit questions DMR’s dealings with Barber […] [...]

Senators introduce bill protecting farmers from FWS penalties

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) have introduced legislation to prevent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) from penalizing farmers and sportsmen for rolling their fields during hunting season. Drought conditions this summer in Arkansas and Mississippi caused harvested rice farms to […] [...]

White leaving MAC to head state tourism efforts

JACKSON  — Malcolm White has been named director of the Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division. White, who brings to MDA more than 40 years of experience in the economic development and tourism industries, will begin his new position effective Jan. 14, 2013. “Many people in the Jackson area and around the state are familiar with […] [...]

Silver Airways flights finally added to Delta’s website

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Silver Airways flights to three Mississippi cities now appear on Delta Air Lines’ website, and programmers are working to include flights to Greenville. Steve Bennett, a spokesman for Silver Airways Corp. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., said the changes were made by Thursday. Silver began flying from Atlanta to Greenville, Hattiesburg, Meridian and […] [...]

Association: Budget cuts biggest challenge for space program

HANCOCK COUNTY — As negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff heat up, little attention has been paid to the impact that mandatory budget cuts would have on the nation’s civil space program and our ability to accurately forecast dangerous storms, according to a release from the Aerospace Industries Association. A new economic impact analysis concludes […] [...]

Hosemann touts voter ID study, releases proposed rules

JACKSON — More than 98 percent of Mississippi voters who cast ballots in the general election have one form of acceptable photo identification included in Mississippi’s constitutional voter ID law, according to a survey conducted by Edison Research. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann announced the findings of what what he believes to be the largest […] [...]

Utilities extend incentive plan to small businesses

JACKSON — Electric and natural gas utility companies doing business in Mississippi have submitted extensions of their Small Business Rate Incentive Plans, according to a release from Public Service Commissioner Leonard Bentz. Bentz originally put these plans into place in 2011. Incentive plans filed by Mississippi Power Company, Entergy Mississippi, Atmos Energy Corporation, CenterPoint Energy […] [...]

Shipbuilder starts construction on expansion; adding 400 jobs

PASCAGOULA — VT Halter Marine has started construction on a new multimillion-dollar ship repair facility at the company’s Pascagoula yard. Gov. Phil Bryant and company officials say the expansion at the Bayou Casotte shipyard will create 400 new jobs. The company has three ship construction facilities, all located in Mississippi, with one facility in Pascagoula […] [...]

Justice Department approves city’s redistricting plan

SOUTHAVEN — The U.S. Department of Justice has approved Southaven’s redistricting plan to balance the six voting wards in the city to address population growth in the last decade. During yesterday’s Board of Aldermen meeting, The Commercial Appeal reports Mayor Greg Davis announced that the justice department approved the plan that the city submitted in […] [...]

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