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Russian ballet to headline final spring Lyceum event

STARKVILLE –The Russian National Ballet Theatre’s April 22 presentation of “Sleeping Beauty” will conclude Mississippi State’s 2014-15 Lyceum Series schedule. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Bettersworth Auditorium of the university’s historic Lee Hall. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased in advance via www.lyceum.msstate.edu. MSU students are admitted free with identification cards. The internationally recognized performing company ...

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Butler showing home for 46th year for Columbus Pilgrimage

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 to pilgrims from all over ...

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Forecasters see fewer than average hurricanes in 2015

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 hurricanes. The researchers released their ...

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Monroe County mining firm paying $50,000 environmental fine

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 department says S&B didn’t keep ...

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More patients treated at UMMC for "spice" overdose

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 Center for symptoms of spice ...

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DAN JONES FALLOUT — Borsig says no thanks to leading 8 Mississippi universities

JACKSON — Acting state Commissioner of Higher Education Jim Borsig said there’s no connection between his decision to step away from the job and tumultuous talks he led about the University of Mississippi chancellor’s contract. Borsig announced Thursday that he wants to remain president of Mississippi University for Women rather than lead the state’s system of eight public universities. He has ...

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

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 to Mississippi residents, said PSC ...

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Mississippi River traffic limited after ship hits 2 vessels

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 vessel involved in Monday’s collision ...

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Adams Co. ponders retirement fix for ex-hospital employees

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 proposal is for the county ...

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Tupelo leaders break ground on new police headquarters

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 the reason for the extended ...

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