Archive | February, 2014

Cochran, Wicker join GOP vote to kill far-reaching veterans’ benefits bill

February 28, 2014

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Mississippi’s Sen. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker joined Senate Republican in derailing a bill that would have expended $21 billion to enhance health care, education and job benefits for veterans. The “nea” votes Thursday by Cochran, Wicker and all but two other Senate GOP members brought a harsh response from the American Legion. “I don’t […]

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Three new restaurants open on Coast

February 28, 2014

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A trio of new restaurants earned the Mississippi State Department of Health’s approval to open recently. Frappe Fruit at 11382 Three Rivers Road in Gulfport offers a variety of Island Oasis Smoothies in flavors such as banana nut bread, peanut butter cookie, apple pie and peach mango. Carla Smith is the owner. Port in a […]

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Lazy Magnolia to host ribbon cutting for expansion

February 28, 2014

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Lazy Magnolia Brewing Co. in Kiln will celebrate the completion of its brewery expansion with a ribbon cutting March 7. The ceremony will also the brewery’s advancement from micro brewery to regional status. The dedication ceremony will begin at 5 p.m. followed by Lazy Magnolia’s signature First Friday event. General admission is $15. Beer stations […]

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Gene Taylor, now a Republican, announces bid for 4th congressional district

February 28, 2014

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The Sun Herald has reported that former Congressman Gene Taylor is filing papers today to run as a Republican against incumbent Fourth District Congressman Steven Palazzo-R. Taylor lost to Palazzo in 2010. They will face each other in the June 3 congressional and senate primary. Also on the ballot will be state Sen. Chris McDaniel-R […]

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Travis Childers running for Senate

February 28, 2014

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By Bobby Harrison JACKSON — Travis Childers of Booneville, the former 1st District U.S. representative, announced Friday he is running for the Senate seat held since 1978 by Republican Thad Cochran. Childers, a Democrat, was long-time chancery clerk of Prentiss County before winning a special election in 2008 to replace Roger Wicker in the U.S. […]

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Newest Fla, restaurant trend: Forcing customers to cover Obamacare costs

February 28, 2014

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LAKELAND, Florida — Some Tampa Bay area diners are finding a new charge on their restaurant bills. It’s an extra fee or surcharge for Obamacare, and the restaurant group that started it is based here in Florida, Tampa Bay’s Fox Channel 13 reports. “We wanted to be transparent about it. We didn’t want to hide […]

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Can wind farms fight hurricanes?

February 27, 2014

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Students at Stanford University have discovered that placing wind turbines off shorelines can reduce a hurricane’s wind surface speed by up to 80 percent. The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, reports that these turbines can both protect coastal areas in times of bad weather and be a significant source of renewable energy. […]

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Cathy Northington receives MEC promotion; Kilroy added as vice president

February 27, 2014

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The Mississippi Economic Council has announced the promotions of Cathy Northington and Christi Kilroy to new leadership positions. Northington has been named Vice President, Programs and Administration. Hired a decade ago as a part-time, entry-level employee, Cathy worked her way up from the ground floor at MEC. Today, Northington is in charge of facilitating Leadership […]

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Organization promoting women in agriculture still growing

February 27, 2014

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The lead organization promoting women in agriculture in Mississippi continues to grow. Dozens of women came together for a late February conference at Mississippi State University. The 75-member Mississippi Women for Agriculture organization meets to discuss important agricultural developments and to draw encouragement from shared experiences. Mary Jane Coign, who owns a cow and calf […]

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Cochran’s American Conservative Union rating takes nosedive

February 26, 2014

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Veteran GOP senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi, who is battling a conservative primary challenger, has a new political headache: a scathing appraisal and conservative rating from the American Conservative Union, one of the right’s most influential assessors of Republicans, the Washington Post reports. In its new annual scorecard, which was shared with The Washington Post on […]

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