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Butler showing home for 46th year for Columbus Pilgrimage

April 12, 2015

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COLUMBUS — When Dixie Butler moved into Temple Heights in the summer of 1969, she had no way of knowing she would spend the next 46 winters and springs preparing the house for visitors to the Columbus Spring Pilgrimage. Every year since, Butler has spent months on preparations for the tours before opening her home […]

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Forecasters see fewer than average hurricanes in 2015

April 10, 2015

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NEW ORLEANS — The Atlantic hurricane season in 2015 will see fewer than the average number of storms, according to Colorado State University researchers. Researchers Philip Klotzbach and William Gray say in a news release that cooler ocean temperatures and the expectation that favorable atmospheric conditions will continue through the summer months will mean fewer […]

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Monroe County mining firm paying $50,000 environmental fine

April 9, 2015

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ABERDEEN — An Aberdeen company that mines and processed bentonite is paying a $50,000 fine for failing to keep accurate records and test smokestack emissions. S&B Industrial Minerals North America, part of a company based in Luxembourg, agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. A March 10 order from the […]

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More patients treated at UMMC for “spice” overdose

April 9, 2015

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JACKSON – More patients exhibiting symptoms related to an overdose of the designer drug “spice” have been seen at the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s Emergency Department over the last two days. The new cases – a reported five on Wednesday and seven on Tuesday – puts the number of patients treated at the Medical […]

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UPDATED: Florida firm slapped with $1.3M No Call fine

April 7, 2015

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JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission has fined a Florida company $1.3 million for 266 violations of the state’s No Call law. But with Global Financial Assist LLC having gone out of business, the fine may be more symbolic than actual. The fines come to $5,000 for each of the unauthorized calls the telemarketer made […]

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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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BILL CRAWFORD — Will voters be satisfied with legislative session?

April 6, 2015

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The Mississippi Legislature wrapped up its 2015 session last Thursday, but it may not be through working for the year…nor should it be, say some.   When Senate and House conferees on Gov. Phil Bryant’s popular $50 million workforce training bill suddenly let the bill die, speculation immediately began that Bryant will call a special […]

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