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Mississippi Power’s conversion of plant nearly complete

February 27, 2015

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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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Former Jackson councilman Quentin Whitwell jumps into congressional race

February 26, 2015

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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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NMMC-Tupelo names new president

February 26, 2015

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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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Mississippi man loses appeal of fraud conviction

February 26, 2015

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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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Ocean Springs doctor named district health officer

February 26, 2015

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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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USM gets approval to buy new research vessel

February 26, 2015

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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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McDaniel seeking 3rd term in Mississippi Senate

February 26, 2015

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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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Second Harrison County supervisor indicted for corruption

February 26, 2015

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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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District attorney and state senator enter congressional race

February 26, 2015

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JACKSON — A prosecutor and a state senator have entered a special congressional election in north Mississippi. Trent Kelly, who is district attorney in Lee, Pontotoc, Alcorn, Monroe, Itawamba, Prentiss and Tishomingo counties, announced his candidacy Thursday. Republican state Sen. Nancy Collins of Tupelo said Wednesday that she’s running. Republican Rep. Chris Brown of Aberdeen […]

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Lawsuit settled over allegation bullying of gay students

February 25, 2015

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JACKSON — The Southern Poverty Law Center has announced a settlement of its federal lawsuit alleging that gay students were routinely bullied in a south Mississippi school district. In a statement Wednesday, the law center says the Moss Point School District has agreed to adopt and implement new anti-bullying and discrimination policies and procedures, as […]

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