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Mississippi River traffic limited after ship hits 2 vessels

April 7, 2015

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NEW ORLEANS — A three-mile stretch of the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge is limited to one-way traffic upriver, a day after a ship broke free of its mooring and hit two other vessels, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Petty Officer Carlos Vega said the one-way traffic would continue until the three […]

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Adams Co. ponders retirement fix for ex-hospital employees

April 7, 2015

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NATCHEZ — Adams County supervisors are working on a solution to the problem of unpaid retirement benefits for former Natchez Regional Medical Center employees. The Natchez Democrat reports that when the county-owned hospital filed for bankruptcy protection in March 2014, one of the unsecured creditors in the filing was the Public Employees Retirement System. One […]

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Tupelo leaders break ground on new police headquarters

April 7, 2015

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TUPELO — Tupelo city and community leaders have broken ground for a new headquarters for the Tupelo Police Department. Officials braved the rain Monday to gather under a canopy for the ceremony. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports work on the project began eight years and three city administrations ago. Police Chief Bart Aguirre says […]

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Alabama agency closes Harper Lee elder-abuse investigation

April 6, 2015

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MONTGOMERY — An investigation into potential elder-abuse of author Harper Lee — sparked by the surprising announcement that she would publish a new book — is closed, with no findings of any abuse, officials said Monday. The “To Kill A Mockingbird” author made international headlines in February with the news that she would be publishing […]

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OSHA investigating accident at Ingalls Shipyard

March 31, 2015

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PASCAGOULA — Federal officials are investigating an accident at Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula last week that sent an employee to the hospital. On Monday, company spokesman Bill Glenn told The Sun Herald the company prepared a release but did not send it to the media. He did not say why the release was not sent […]

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Mississippians have $9M in unclaimed 2011 tax refunds

March 27, 2015

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JACKSON — More than 11,000 Mississippians have more than $9 million in federal tax refunds awaiting them for the 2011 tax year. However, the one catch is that the individuals must file a tax return for the 2011 year by April 15 of this year, says IRS spokesman Mark Green of Atlanta. The IRS estimates […]

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Jackson mayor declares infrastructure emergency

March 27, 2015

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JACKSON — Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber has signed an emergency declaration for Jackson’s infrastructure system. Thursday’s state of emergency declaration allows leeway in the bidding process with purchasing, engineering and other work and may lead to an influx of federal funds to assist with repairs. Yarber met with Gov. Phil Bryant and representatives of the […]

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Protests build against decision to fire Ole Miss chancellor

March 23, 2015

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No contract renewal for UM Chancellor Dan Jones.

JACKSON — Supporters of University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones continue to push for the College Board to reverse itself and extend Jones’ contract. The moves come as the board plans a 4 p.m. meeting Monday in Jackson. Prominent Ole Miss names including former chancellor Robert Khayat and former star quarterback and major donor Archie […]

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Funds to support STEM programs at schools

March 20, 2015

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CANTON — Nissan is donating $250,000 to supporting science, math and engineering programs at six Mississippi historical black colleges. The announcement came Friday at the Nissan plant in Canton. The funds will go to Alcorn State University, Coahoma Community College, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Rust College and Tougaloo College with resources to […]

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Lawmakers again seek role in choice of standardized tests

March 19, 2015

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JACKSON — Lawmakers are seeking to revive efforts to force the state Board of Education to consider using standardized tests written by the ACT organization. The move comes as state Superintendent Carey Wright defends the process by which the state Department of Education sought proposals for a contract to administer tests in grades 3-8 and […]

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