Posts Tagged ‘federal agency’

Judge rules against NOAA in red snapper dispute

GULF OF MEXICO — A federal judge says federal regulators used a false claim of emergency to cut the federal season for red snapper off of Texas and Louisiana, and did so to punish those states for setting seasons and limits beyond federal limits. District Judge Andrew Hanen, of Brownsville, Texas, overturned the emergency rule […] [...]

GPO expands Coast operations, adds TTP cards

by MBJ Staff Published: June 4,2013

Tags: card, federal agency, federal government, passport, print, printer, printing

HANCOCK COUNTY — The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) has expanded operations at its secure production facility on the grounds of the Stennis Space Center to include smart card production. GPO opened the facility in 2008 as a second location to produce passports for the Department of State and since that time has produced 19 […] [...]

Concrete testing company to plead guilty to defrauding NASA, Corps

DIAMONDHEAD — A company hired to perform concrete-strength tests at Stennis Space Center in 2011 is scheduled to accept a plea agreement to making false statements on jobs performed for NASA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Sun Herald reports court records show Gulf Cities Testing Laboratories, LLC, once based in Diamondhead, has […] [...]

New VA director trying to recover hospital’s reputation

JACKSON — The new director of the veterans’ hospital in Jackson is struggling to change perceptions of the institution as members of Congress and a government oversight office pursue investigations into misconduct. Joe Battle stepped into a public relations nightmare when he arrived at G.V. (Sonny) Montgomery Medical Center in early 2012. Whistleblower complaints were […] [...]

MSU cyber operations education earns federal designation

STARKVILLE — The National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command have designated Mississippi State University as a Center of Academic Excellence in cyber operations. The certification comes after a rigorous, two-year application process by faculty in the departments of computer science and engineering (CSE) and electrical and computer engineering (ECE). David A. Dampier, a professor […] [...]

After verdict, doctor asks for his medical license back

COLUMBUS — Dr. Michael A. White wants return of authority to prescribe controlled drugs to his patients. Through his attorney, the 62-year-old White filed a complaint in April against the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. A federal court set July 9 for a response. In his complaint, White notes that he voluntarily turned in his DEA […] [...]

Federal regulator orders limo company to cease interstate service

by MBJ Staff Published: May 30,2013

Tags: bus, federal agency, limousine, mass transit, public safety, regulator, transportation, travel

OXFORD — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered Carbo Limo of Oxford, LLC to immediately cease it s interstate passenger service. This follows a finding by a team of specially trained investigators that the Oxford-based company’s two motor coaches used for its interstate operations were unsafe and that drivers […] [...]

USDA awards loans, grants to three power associations

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Loans and grant funds will be provided to applicants in 11 states to support businesses, improve the quality of medical care, and create or save hundreds of jobs through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program. Three electric power associations in Mississippi are receiving loans and/or grants. […] [...]

EPA looking to minimize chemical releases during hurricanes

by MBJ Staff Published: May 21,2013

Tags: chemical, ecosystem, environment, federal agency, hurricane, pollution, storm, tropical, Weather, wildlife

GULF OF MEXICO — As hurricane season approaches, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is issuing a Hazardous Weather Release Prevention and Reporting alert to remind facility operators of certain regulations that require minimization of chemical releases during process shutdown operations. This alert is designed to increase awareness among facility operators about their obligation to […] [...]

Bill exempting small farms from fuel storage regs passes Senate

WASHINGTON — Legislation to exempt small farms from Environmental Protection Agency fuel storage requirements has been incorporated into the Senate-passed Water Resources Development Act of 2013 (WRDA), according to a release from U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). The Senate passed WRDA legislation (S.601), and with it also approved all the provisions included in the Farmers […] [...]

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