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Corps cuts flow on Missouri River, move likely to impact Mississippi River

November 23, 2012

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The Army Corps of Engineers has begun reducing the flow from a Missouri River reservoir, a move expected to worsen low water conditions on the Mississippi River and potentially halt barge traffic at St. Louis within weeks. Monique Farmer of the corps office in Omaha, Neb., confirmed Friday that reduction of outflow from the Gavins […]

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LCD price-fixing case goes back to federal court

November 23, 2012

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A Mississippi federal court will hear Mississippi’s lawsuit that alleges price fixing by manufacturers of liquid crystal display screens. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a ruling that sent the case to a state court. “Nothing we have said denies the State of Mississippi the right to proceed with […]

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Silicor will miss deadline; future uncertain

November 16, 2012

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COLUMBUS — Lowndes County officials say they have been told by Silicor that its metal production and purification facility will not meet its Dec. 31 start date. Lowndes County Administrator Ralph Billingsley tells the Commercial Dispatch that the announcement came during a meeting this week. In August, Lowndes County supervisors extended a Sept. 2 starting […]

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Put down that margarita: Booze calories nearly equal to soda’s for U.S. adults

November 15, 2012

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NEW YORK  — Americans get too many calories from soda. But what about alcohol? It turns out adults get almost as many empty calories from booze as from soft drinks, a government study found. Soda and other sweetened drinks — the focus of obesity-fighting public health campaigns — are the source of about 6 percent […]

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UPDATE: Woman who drove on sidewalk holds ‘idiot’ sign

November 13, 2012

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CLEVELAND  — A woman caught on camera driving on a sidewalk to pass a Cleveland school bus that was unloading children stood in the cold Tuesday at an intersection holding a sign warning people about idiots. A Cleveland Municipal Court judge ordered 32-year-old Shena Hardin to serve the highly public sentence for one hour Tuesday […]

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Ole Miss protest of Barack Obama gets out of hand, 2 arrested

November 7, 2012

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A protest at the University of Mississippi against the re-election of President Barack Obama grew into crowd of about 400 people with shouted racial slurs as rumors of a riot spread on social media. Two people were arrested on minor charges. The university said in a statement Wednesday that the gathering at the student union […]

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Work resumes on Jackson airport runway after long delay

November 1, 2012

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Work has resumed on a runway at Mississippi’s busiest passenger airport after a dispute with the contractor brought construction to a standstill last year. The project to remove bad clay and repave one of two runways at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport stalled over a disagreement about the quality of the asphalt being put down. […]

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Mississippi governor says voters should voluntarily show ID

October 31, 2012

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Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said Wednesday that he thinks it would be a good idea for people in the state to voluntarily show identification when they vote, even though it’s not required by law. “If you have to show a ID to buy a pack of cigarettes or to buy alcohol, which you should, then […]

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Faulkner estate sues over quotes in movie, ad

October 29, 2012

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JACKSON — The past is never dead, William Faulkner wrote. His heirs, in two lawsuits, say their copyright rights are also very much alive. The manager of the famous author’s literary estate is suing Sony Pictures Classics for using that “past is not dead” quote in Woody Allen’s 2011 film, “Midnight in Paris.” It’s also […]

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Toyota on top in latest Consumer Reports survey

October 29, 2012

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DETROIT — And the winner is … Japan. Japanese brands took the top seven spots in Consumer Reports’ annual reliability rankings, pushing aside their U.S. and European rivals. Toyota Motor Corp.’s Scion, Lexus and Toyota brands took the top three spots and the Toyota Prius C, a subcompact hybrid, got the best overall score. Mazda, […]

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