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Mississippi officials brace for possibilty of carriers of avian flu

Mississippi officials are bracing for the possibility that the state’s poultry industry may be struck by the avian flu later this year, according to a news release from Mississippi State University. Tom Tabler, poultry specialist with the MSU Extension Service, said no new reports of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza have occurred in the United States since June 17 because ...

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Suit to block silicon plant in northeast Miss. dismissed

Jack Weatherly Mississippi Silicon LLC has some breathing room as a suit seeking to stop the construction of the plant at Burnsville in Tishomingo County was dismissed. U.S. District Court Judge Debra M. Brown ruled on Thursday that the Northern Mississippi court did not have jurisdiction, and the motion by Globe Specialty Metallurgical, a Selma, Ala.,-based competitor, for a preliminary ...

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Mississippi Phosphates set to plead guilty in pollution case

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GULFPORT — A Gulf Coast fertilizer manufacturer will plead guilty Aug. 19 to federal allegation of violating the Clean Water Act by polluting waterways. The government said Mississippi Phosphates killed fish and destroyed marshy areas around Bayou Casotte in Pascagoula. James B. Tucker, an attorney representing Mississippi Phosphates, told The Sun Herald he will enter a guilty plea on behalf ...

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House speaker greeted by flag supporters at Neshoba Fair

A current flag supporter waves her protest sign and a small Mississippi state flag at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., Thursday, July 30, 2015. A small number of protestors made their feelings known as they waves flags and signs in peaceful protest during an address by the Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, who has called for the flag's replacement. The fair is a traditional gathering place for politicians, area residents, business leaders, voters and families. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

PHILADELPHIA — About two dozen people who want to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag held the banner in silent protest Thursday as Republican state House Speaker Philip Gunn spoke at the Neshoba County Fair. The fair is one of the year’s largest political gatherings, and Gunn’s speech was his biggest public appearance since late June, when he ...

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Newk’s Eatery named to QSR Magazine’s top franchise deals

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QSR Magazine has named Newk’s Eatery, the fast casual restaurant known for its culinary-driven menu and open kitchens, a top pick for franchisees looking for concepts that deliver a “mutually beneficial relationship.” Fast-growing Newk’s, with more than 80 locations throughout the South and Southeast, was one of 12 concepts recognized by the respected restaurant trade publication. QSR called Newk’s a “rising star,” with a ...

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Weatherly has deep roots in Mississippi agriculture

Oktibbeha County Master Gardener Charlie Weatherly pauses July 23, 2015 beside some of flowers growing in the Veterans Memorial Rose Garden, which he helped establish at the R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Center at Mississippi State University. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)

STARKVILLE — Long before Charlie Weatherly earned the state’s 2015 Master Gardener of the Year honor, his family roots were dug deep into the Mississippi soil. Although he retired from Mississippi State University in 1997, Weatherly has not strayed far from the land-grant institution’s campus or mission. How could he? As a child, he frequently came to campus with his father, Ernest, ...

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Heat not helping state’s corn crop

The majority of the state’s corn is rated in good or excellent condition despite spring rains that delayed much of the crop and recent detrimental heat. This photo was taken June 12, 2015 in Sunflower County. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)

STARKVILLE —  Wet spring weather prevented Mississippi farmers from planting as many corn acres as they intended, but despite the heat, the crop is mostly looking good in fields across the state. “We should have a good crop this year, but it won’t be a record,” said Erick Larson, Mississippi State University Extension Service corn specialist. “The planted acreage is down from ...

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JEFFREY GITOMER — Your missing power: master mind

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Perhaps the most powerful principle Napoleon Hill wrote about, and certainly the most enduring, is the 9th step toward riches: Power of the Master Mind. The idea of a Master Mind group was created, put forth, and expounded upon by Napoleon Hill in his two classic books, Think and Grow Rich, written in 1937, and “How to Sell Your Way ...

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ALAN TURNER — Mississippi newspapers are a vital part of our state and its communities

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To paraphrase what Mark Twain once famously said upon reading the news of his demise: the news of newspapers’ death has been greatly exaggerated. In fact, Mississippi’s newspapers are generally doing quite well, thank you.  Recently, I had the opportunity to meet with several folks who are in the know about Mississippi newspapers.  Layne Bruce is the executive director of ...

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