February 27, 2015

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Mississippi Power’s conversion of plant nearly complete

GULFPORT — The last load of coal has arrived by barge at Plant Watson as Mississippi Power prepares to convert the plant to using strictly natural gas. Mississippi Power had already started using natural gas and announced in August it would convert units 4 and 5 from coal to natural gas to most economically comply with […]

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February 26, 2015

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Former Jackson councilman Quentin Whitwell jumps into congressional race

JACKSON — Four candidates, so far, say they’re running for an open U.S. House seat in north Mississippi. More are expected to enter the race. The 1st District seat has been vacant since Republican Rep. Alan Nunnelee died Feb. 6. Candidates face a March 27 deadline to qualify for the nonpartisan special election, which is […]

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February 26, 2015

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NMMC-Tupelo names new president

TUPELO — David Wilson, the current president of Shelby Baptist Hospital in Alabaster, Alabama, has been named president of the North Mississippi Medical Center. Wilson will begin his new job on March 30 in Tupelo. The 50-year-old Wilson is the southern market leader for the Birmingham-based Baptist Health System, a four-hospital system. Before joining Baptist […]

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February 26, 2015

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Prison won’t interrupt ex-prison chief’s retirement cash flow

As part of his guilty pleas, former Mississippi prisons chief Chris Epps must pay a $750,000 fine and could be forced to pay a hefty restitution. But he has an income source to help with the costs: the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi. Epps admitted guilt Wednesday to two felony charges of money laundering […]

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February 26, 2015

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Mississippi exports hit $11.4 billion

Special to the MBJ Merchandise exports from Mississippi hit $11.4 billion in 2014, the U.S. Commerce Department said in release on Thursday. That was down from $12.4 billion in 2013, but the state’s 2014 total for goods and services helped the nation achieve a record of $2.35 trillion. Goods exports from Mississippi supported an estimated 51,000 U.S. jobs in […]

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February 26, 2015

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Mississippi man loses appeal of fraud conviction

JACKSON — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Mississippi man for fraud involving debris removal following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Aubrey Brant Sturdivant of Waynesboro is serving a 41-month prison sentence for a 2013 conviction in federal court in Jackson for conspiracy to defraud the government. A three-judge panel of the […]

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February 26, 2015

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Ocean Springs doctor named district health officer

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Mississippi State Department of Health has named an Ocean Springs pediatrician as the replacement for longtime District IX Health Officer Robert Travnicek, who retired in 2013. The Sun Herald reports D’Ette Lorio will serve has as the district health officer for Pearl River, Stone, George, Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties. Lorio […]

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February 26, 2015

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USM gets approval to buy new research vessel

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HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi is buying a new research vessel. The State College Board on Wednesday approved the project Wednesday on purchase of the “Point Sur” vessel from the San Jose State University Research Foundation for $1 million. Funding came in a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The vessel […]

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February 26, 2015

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McDaniel seeking 3rd term in Mississippi Senate

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JACKSON — Chris McDaniel, a tea party-backed Republican who lost a U.S. Senate race last year, says he’s seeking re-election to the Mississippi Legislature. The 43-year-old attorney from Ellisville said Thursday that he will run for a third term in state Senate. He’s the first candidate in District 42, entirely in Jones County. Friday is […]

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February 26, 2015

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Second Harrison County supervisor indicted for corruption

GULFPORT — A Harrison County supervisor who is facing federal indictment is now a fugitive. Supervisor William Martin was scheduled be in federal court in Gulfport at 11 a.m. Thursday. When he did not appear, a federal magistrate issued a warrant for his arrest. The federal indictment against Martin remains sealed. Jim Davis, Martin’s attorney, […]

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