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Law firm cutting ties with paper, storage

By LISA MONTI Paperwork is an occupational hazard for lawyers, whether they’re jotting down notes on those iconic legal pads or creating case files that grow thicker with each appeal and motion. In a shift away from paper and toward electronic documents, Baker Donelson this year launched a pilot program named PaperLite in its Jackson office. Though the law firm has ...

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THE GULF COAST’S BIG CATCH — A boatload of projects — including aquarium — get OK from ecosystem restoration council

By BECKY GILLETTE The Gulf Coast received an early Christmas present in the form of the announcements of significant economic development and environmental restoration projects when the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE) met last week and approved major projects such as a $17 million aquarium that will have wide-ranging benefits across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. “The council’s approval of the ...

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Agency announces $50M grant to restore wildlife habitat

The United States Department of Agriculture says it will give about $50 million to help agricultural producers who want to restore and protect wildlife habitat for seven species, including the gopher tortoise in Mississippi. The USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service said in a news release Monday that it’ll invest about $3.4 million on habitat restoration for the pine forest-dwelling gopher ...

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Last defendant pleads not guilty in major BP fraud case

GULFPORT — The last of seven defendants in a BP claims fraud case, 33-year-old Thi Houng Le, has pleaded not guilty to 95 felony charges. The Sun Herald reports Le was represented in U.S. District Court on Monday by Public Defender John Weber because, she said, she could not afford an attorney. Weber said he has been representing the Grand ...

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Oyster season set by commissioners

By LISA MONTI For the second consecutive year, the Commission on Marine Resources put aside recommendations by the Department of Marine Resources’ scientific staff on when and where oyster harvesting should be. At the commission’s October meeting, Kelly Lucas, DMR’s chief scientist, presented the staff’s findings based on months of surveys of the oyster reefs, including sampling done by divers. Lucas ...

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Mississippi gets $5.1 million to preserve ag wetlands in river basin

Efforts to preserve wetlands on Mississippi farms have received a $5.1 million boost from the U.S. States Department of Agriculture as part of awards totaling $30 million to six states. Funded under the Wetland Reserve Enhancement Partnership authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill, the allocations are protecting, restoring and enhancing wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands, The Wetland Reserve ...

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Mississippi Power: tax credit likely to be repaid

Associated Press Mississippi Power Co. announced Tuesday it will likely have to repay a $234 million federal tax credit because its Kemper County power plant won’t be in operation by April 19. The unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. said it probably won’t meet that deadline to start producing carbon dioxide at the $6.3 billion plant it’s building in eastern Mississippi, ...

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Fulton sawmill agrees to pay $15,000 environmental fine

FULTON — An Itawamba County sawmill is paying a $15,375 civil fine because of its failure to submit environmental reports and monitor emissions. Homan Industries agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The regulator cited Homan for three violations in operation of its Fulton facility. The regulator says Homan’s 2013 annual report was more than ...

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72 acres of marshland donated to state

MBJ staff More than 72 acres of marshland is now the property of the state of Mississippi through a donation by the Chemours Co. DeLisle site in Pass Christian.  Formerly known as DuPont Delisle, Chemours donated the land for conservation and recreation purposes. “The Chemours DeLisle site has worked closely with several state agencies since it opened in 1979 to ...

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South Miss. Electric pursues solar project pact

MBJ staff  South Mississippi Electric announced Thursday intent to reach an agreement with Origis Energy USA, to generate electricity at a 52-megawatt solar energy facility near Sumrall in Lamar County. The parties have signed a letter of intent to proceed toward an agreement for Origis to design, develop, install and operate the electric generation site, and South Mississippi Electric will purchase ...

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