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Kay Whittington to head MDEQ Office of Land and Water Resources Resources

JACKSON, Mississippi – Kay Whittington, veteran staff member of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and current chief of  basin management, has been named director of the Office of Land and Water Resources. She is currently chief of the Basin Management Branch in MDEQ’s Surface Water Division Whittington replaces Richard Ingram who retires Oct. 31. MDEQ Executive Director Trudy Fisher ...

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Businessweek: Debt default will bring economic calamity, new depression

Anyone who remembers the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. little more than five years ago knows what a global financial disaster is. A U.S. government default, just weeks away if Congress fails to raise the debt ceiling as it now threatens to do, will be an economic calamity like none the world has ever seen, Bloomberg Businessweek predicts. Failure ...

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State auditor cites alarming operational failures in school districts

JACKSON, Mississippi — More than one in three Mississippi public school districts failed to account for all of the students reported as enrolled in schools in their districts, the Office of the State Auditor said in a report released Friday that said many districts failed to live up to many of their responsibilities. In one of the more troubling findings, ...

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Federal shutdown could erase nearly 1 in 5 Mississippi paychecks

JACKSON, Mississippi – The state’s Gross Domestic Product could sustain a severe blow should the federal government shutdown go on for an extended time. Paychecks earned by federal workers made up 18.1 percent of Mississippi’s GDP in 2012, accordiong to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Magnolia State also has the fourth highest percentage – 22.1 percent – of federal ...

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Mississippi veterans aren't stopped by shutdown, storm WWII memorial

A group of veterans walked past barriers at the closed World War II memorial with help from members of Congress. Hundreds of veterans arrived for a previously scheduled visit to the memorial Tuesday morning to find it barricaded by the National Park Service. Members of Congress, including Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, went to the site after receiving panicked ...

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U.S. catfish producers charge FDA letting in tainted foreign fish

INDIANOLA, Mississippi — Catfish Farmers of America (CFA) claims inadequate inspections by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed Asian fish with high levels of formaldehyde into the country. “The FDA is failing miserably when it comes to protecting consumers from the dangers of imported seafood and catfish,” said Ben Pentecost, Mississippi catfish farmer and president of CFA. The ...

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Feds: Mississippians will pay among steepest Obamacare rates in U.S.

JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi is one of the poorest states in the nation, and its residents will pay some of the highest premiums under a federally run health insurance exchange, the Associated Press reported Wednesday. The federal government released information Wednesday showing the estimated cost of a mid-range plan under the exchanges created through the Affordable Care Act will be ...

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Pickering: Union County deaths went uninvestigated while coroner hauled in huge sums

JACKSON, Mississippi – State Auditor Stacy Pickering has ordered former Union County coroner Mark Golding to pay the state $398,418 for work he never performed. Pickering says $278,591 of the total is in false claims Golding submitted to Union County supervisors for deaths he did not investigate. The Auditor’s Office says it began an investigation on Golding on May 28 ...

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UPDATE: Florida police called on George Zimmerman

ORLANDO, Fla. — George Zimmerman’s wife has called police to her father’s house, saying the former neighborhood watch volunteer who was acquitted of murder threatened her with a gun. Lake Mary Police Chief Steve Bracknell says Shellie Zimmerman called police shortly after 2 p.m. Monday. Bracknell says Zimmerman hasn’t been arrested and officers are at the house trying to determine ...

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