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MSU: Rice farmers can get same yield with 1/3 less water

Some rice farmers can use much less water and get the same yield by flooding their fields at the start and end of the season, and letting them dry out a bit in between, Mississippi State University researchers say. That’s a radical change from recommendations across the Rice Belt to keep two to four inches of water in the fields, ...

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Forrest Health’s CleanEarth solves medical waste disposal needs

Hattiesburg Business Today HATTIESBURG — Prior to 2000, most hospitals in the U.S. had medical waste incinerators, often on site. That included Forrest General Hospital. Then the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruled that all hospital incinerators in the U.S. had to either be shut down or be upgraded — something that could cost millions of dollars — by September 2000, Forrest General ...

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Oxford’s GreenServ taking on the giants in medical waste disposal industry

By BECKY GILLETTE OXFORD — When John Alford and Will Fountain founded GreenServ Inc. in Oxford about four years ago, they had been hearing complaints about customer service and costs for disposal of medical waste. One international company has the corner on about 95 percent of the medical waste disposal business in the U.S. Alford and Fountain saw there was a ...

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MSU researchers map genetic deer structure in Southeastern U.S.

Hunters throughout Mississippi hope to find a big buck this Saturday [Nov. 19], the start of deer season. It is well understood by hunters and biologists alike that deer vary in body and antler size across the state. Larger deer are thought to be the descendants of the Northern deer that were released in the state during restoration efforts in ...

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Drought threatens planting of Mississippi’s wheat crop

By JACK WEATHERLY Farmers have been waiting out the drought to plant their wheat. And if there is not substantial rain in the next month, there’s a good chance there won’t be a crop this year. That’s according to Dr. Erick Larson, grain crops specialist at Mississippi State University. “If we don’t get the moisture … we can’t grow the ...

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Officials hope to attract more visitors, extend their stays with program reboot

By LISA MONTI The state’s six coastal counties were designated as the Mississippi Gulf Coast Natural Heritage Area in 2004 to attract visitors and encourage economic growth by promoting the region’s history, culture and natural resources. Recently, officials announced the reboot of the program’s marketing efforts by un-veiling a new website, logo and video to attract more visitors and extend their ...

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Report warns of possible tax subsidy for Kemper plant

A report released Tuesday warns Congress against tax changes that could subsidize Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County power plant by an additional $700 million to $4.5 billion. Environmental group Friends of the Earth and anti-subsidy group Taxpayers for Common Sense say members of Congress could try to enact changes before year’s end as part of a larger tax bill. Lukas ...

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MDEQ panel upholds ruling on water permit for Costco site

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality’s permit board on Tuesday unanimously upheld its earlier ruling on a water permit it issued for the expansion of the Renaissance at Colony Park. The vote moved the expansion with a hotly contested planned Costco Wholesale store toward becoming a reality. Plaintiffs in a suit against the city of Ridgeland are ...

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Attorneys in BP settlement will divide $555.2 million

A judge has ruled a group of attorneys will divide $555.2 million for their work on behalf of people and businesses who suffered economic damages because of BP’s 2010 Gulf oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier (BAHR’-bee-aye) of New Orleans issued a 42-page ruling spelling out reasons for the award, the result of work on a 2012 settlement that ...

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Utility projects operation costs to quadruple estimate after Kemper County power plant starts up

Associated Press The ballooning cost of building Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County power plant won’t end when construction is done. The company now projects operation and maintenance costs will total $1 billion in its first five years — four times what regulators approved. The gasified coal-burning plant’s equipment, material and workforce have increased sharply during this building phase, raising the ...

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