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House balks at Senate plan for oil spill damage account

Mississippi lawmakers may be unable to decide this year how to spend $750 million in oil spill damage payments, with sniping between House and Senate members after a bill died at a Tuesday deadline for action when the House Appropriations Committee didn’t bring it up. House members from Mississippi’s coast said Senate Bill 2634 didn’t have the detailed structure they wanted to ...

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Kemper makes electricity, but more work, cost review ahead

More than $4 billion over budget and more than two years late, Mississippi Power Co. announced Tuesday that its $7.1 billion Kemper County plant is finally making electricity from gasified lignite coal. “Everybody is very excited at the site and across the company,” spokesman Jeff Shepard said. “It’s the biggest milestone we’ve had so far.” But the unit of Atlanta-based ...

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Officials count 1,100 homes damaged by Mississippi tornado

A tornado that tore a path across south Mississippi on Saturday damaged or destroyed more than 1,100 homes. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency reported Monday that in Forrest County alone, 411 homes were destroyed or suffered major damage Saturday, while 588 saw minor damage. In Lamar County, the twister destroyed or did major damage to 43 homes and minor damage ...

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For third-straight time, Earth sets hottest year record

Earth sizzled to a third-straight record hot year in 2016, government scientists said Wednesday. They mostly blame man-made global warming with help from a natural El Nino, which has since disappeared. Measuring global temperatures in slightly different ways, NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that last year passed 2015 as the hottest year on record. NOAA calculated ...

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Federal study to examine proposed George County lakes

Regulators are set to begin scrutinizing a plan to build two lakes on a tributary of the Pascagoula River. The Sun Herald reports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has created a website and plans a public meeting in late January at the beginning of the environmental impact study process. That study is likely to take at least two years. ...

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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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