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Workers' comp legislation headed to governor's desk

JACKSON — Mississippi legislators offered sharply different views of a bill they passed yesterday to change the way compensation is awarded to workers injured on the job, or to survivors of those killed at work. If Republican Gov. Phil Bryant signs the bill, it will become law July 1. The measure is pushed by the Mississippi Manufacturers Association and other ...

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Cargill reports no injuries following explosion

BYHALIA — Officials say there was an explosion at the Cargill Animal Nutrition feed plant in North Mississippi, but it didn’t cause a fire and nobody was injured. Tim Loesch, a Cargill spokesman, said the cause of the July 15 explosion at the plant in Byhalia is under investigation. He said all employees were evacuated immediately and the local fire ...

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MSU scientists studying airport landscaping

STARKVILLE — It has been two years since U.S. Airways flight 1549 made an emergency landing in the Hudson River when a flock of Canada geese struck the engines just minutes after the plane took off. Bird and airplane collisions cannot be completely avoided because the two share the same flying space. But scientists at Mississippi State University are looking ...

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State makes deer-vehicle accident top 10 list

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Motorists take heed as deer-mating season begins this fall, says San Antonio, Texas-based auto insurer USAA. And Mississippians should be very wary as the state has one of the highest deer-vehicle accident rates in the nation. Fatalities and injuries due to motor vehicle accidents declined from 2008 to 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ...

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U.S. highway fatalities hit 50-year low

WASHINGTON — The number of people dying on the nation’s roads has fallen to its lowest level in six decades, helped by a combination of seat belts, safer cars and tougher enforcement of drunken driving laws. The Transportation Department said late yesterday that traffic deaths fell 9.7 percent in 2009 to 33,808, the lowest number since 1950. In 2008, an ...

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Alabama company fined following fatality

PHENIX CITY, Ala. — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited MDLG, doing business as Phenix Lumber Co., for 53 safety and health violations following the death of one worker and the critical injury of a second at its Phenix City, Ala., facility. Proposed penalties total $439,400.

 “Phenix Lumber failed to protect its workers from death and serious ...

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Traffic fatalities lowest since 1950s

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that the number of overall traffic fatalities reported at the end of 2009 reached the lowest level since 1954, declining for the 15th consecutive quarter. According to early projections, the fatality rate, which takes into account the number of miles traveled, reached the lowest level ever recorded. The projected fatality data for 2009 places ...

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