Archive | February, 2014

Human Rights Campaign joins in call to reject Miss. bill it calls ‘anti-gay’

February 26, 2014

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WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, is calling on Mississippi lawmakers to reject anti-gay legislation that would allow businesses to deny services to LGBT people. SB 2681, which passed the Mississippi Senate in January, would allow businesses to deny services to anyone […]

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WAPT: Jackson special election to be set as early as Thursday

February 26, 2014

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Mayor Chokwe Lumumba  took office on Jul;y 1, 2013 after beating incumbent Harvey Johnson in a runoff.

JACKSON, Mississippi — The Jackson City Council is set to meet Thursday and, according to WAPT, could set a date for a special mayoral election. Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died late Tuesday afternoon at St. Dominic Hospital of natural causes, the Hinds County coroner said. Funeral arrangements have not yet been released. Ward 5 Councilman Charles […]

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Delta State University establishes racial reconciliation conference

February 26, 2014

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Delta State University has established a racial reconciliation conference, entitled “Winning the Race: A Conference on Diversity and Community”. The goal is to promote dialogue on race relations by building conversations that will bring together diverse communities in the Delta. The date of the conference is March 18 and 19 on the Delta State campus […]

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No decision yet by Childers on Senate race

February 26, 2014

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By Bobby Harrison JACKSON – Former U.S. Rep. Travis Childers, a Booneville Democrat, has yet to decide whether he will enter the race for U.S. Senate. “I have not made a decision,” was the only response from the former Prentiss County chancery clerk recently when asked whether he would enter the fray to replace veteran […]

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Neel-Schaffer announces Steve Twedt as vice president

February 26, 2014

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JACKSON — Steve Twedt, PE, has been promoted to Vice President in charge of Neel-Schaffer’s South Mississippi operation. A native of South Mississippi, Twedt joined Neel-Schaffer in 2010 as area manager and works out of the Biloxi office, coordinating work among the Neel-Schaffer offices in Bay St. Louis, Biloxi, Gulfport, Hattiesburg, Laurel and Pascagoula. Prior […]

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Jackson Mayor Lumumba dead at 66

February 25, 2014

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Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died unexpectedly Tuesday at age 66. Jackson TV station WAPT Channel 16 reported about 6 p.m. that the Hinds County coroner had confirmed the mayor’s death. The Detroit native and Jackson lawyer and civic activist won election in June 2013, unseating Harvey Johnson in a runoff. Lumumba had been reported to […]

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Enerkem’s biofuel plant in Pontotoc still on drawing board

February 25, 2014

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The Enerkem plant in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, was commissioned in December. (Courtesy photo)

The Enerkem plant in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, was commissioned in December. (Courtesy photo) By Dennis Seid Daily Journal PONTOTOC – Five years have passed, and a planned $100 million ethanol plant is no closer to being built. Little has changed from a year ago, when company officials said they were committed to the project and […]

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Russia bans Vietnamese Pangasius; antibiotics and pathogens Found

February 24, 2014

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The Russian Agency for Health and Consumer Rights barred imports of Vietnamese pangasius on January 31 until further notice. Russian inspectors in December found unacceptable levels of antibiotics and hormones. The Russian government also found E. coli and listeria in fish products from almost half of the Vietnamese exporting farms, which included 16 out of […]

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Producers learn how to grow safe, healthy product

February 24, 2014

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With increased scrutiny on food safety, a recent event looked to give local growers the latest and greatest in the safe handling of their product from planting to harvest. More than 20 fruit and vegetable growers gathered at Mississippi State University recently for an all-day workshop about food safety and best practices. Instructors from the […]

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Netflix, Comcast deal speeding up service, analyst says

February 24, 2014

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Jeff Kagan, a veteran telecom industry analyst based in Atlanta, likes the arrangement Netflix and Comcast have reached. Here is what he has to say: Comcast and Netflix seem to have finally struck a deal that will benefit them both, and their customers. This is just one of many such deals that will have to […]

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