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New power grid manager poised to open

LITTLE ROCK — A nonprofit company that manages the power grid from the Gulf Coast to Manitoba unveiled a new operations center in Arkansas on Tuesday, saying it moved to the state because it’s not prone to hurricanes and has an increasingly talented workforce. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator control room will manage power production and transmission in parts of ...

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Grain scandal takes its toll on Delta farmers

By JACK WEATHERLY  Harper Ross will not be planting this year for the first time in 24 years, he says, because of the losses he suffered at the hands of an Arkansas-based grain dealer. Ross sold off most of his 6,000 acres in Leland after he and five other Mississippi farmers lost $1.8 million on corn they sold last year ...

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Yes, this little critter can … BEAT YOUR ASH

By LYNN LOFTON It’s very clear that the Emerald Ash Borer beetle is not welcome in Mississippi even though it has made its way to surrounding states. The Mississippi Forestry Commission is leading the fight to keep this non-native invasive pest out of the Magnolia State. Originally found in Asia and parts of Russia, the tiny insect arrived in America ...

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Justices must act fast if gay marriage to be settled in June

WASHINGTON — Time is running short for the Supreme Court to get same-sex marriage on its calendar if the justices want to tackle the issue before their current term ends in late June. They might have to decide to jump in at their closed-door conference Friday if they want to resolve the legal debate over gay marriage in the next ...

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FBI asks agencies to watch Memphis, Tenn., bridges

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The FBI asked law officers assigned to areas around the Mississippi River bridges at Memphis, Tennessee, to help keep an eye on the spans after a vague threat came in warning that one would be blown up. FBI spokesman Christopher M. Allen said Tuesday from Washington the threat was “unsubstantiated.” The agency’s Memphis office alerted local ...

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Mississippi, 6 other states have bans on atheists holding office

ANNAPOLIS — Some freedom-from-religion advocates are pressing Maryland and six other states to remove provisions from their state constitutions prohibiting people who don’t believe in God from holding public office. The Openly Secular coalition, based in Columbus, Ohio, says the other states are Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The New York Times first reported on the ...

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Mississippi laws afford grain producers at least some protection

» Arkansas to consider legislation after Turner Grain bankruptcy leaves farmers unpaid   Unlike Arkansas, Mississippi’s laws provide a measure of protection to farmers who sell their crops through brokers who become financially unstable. Registration and bond requirements apply to both grain brokers and warehouse owners, according to the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. Thirty-five states require licensing and ...

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Turner Grain’s bankruptcy will help consolidate lawsuits alleging breach of contract

A group of Mississippi Delta farmers will join their counterparts in Arkansas and Louisiana in seeking to recoup millions of dollars Turner Grain Merchandising owes them now that the Brinkley, Arkansas, commodities broker has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Greenville lawyer Scott Phillips, who represents Leland farmer Harper Ross and five other Delta farmers who say Turner Grain stiffed them for $1.7 ...

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Southern Bancorp to acquire Bank of Bolivar County

Southern Bancorp, Inc. (“Southern”), a rural-focused Community Development Financial Institution (“CDFI”) and holding company for Southern Bancorp Bank, today announced it had signed an agreement to acquire the Bank of Bolivar County, which operates two branches in the Mississippi communities of Shelby and Mound Bayou. Southern currently operates a branch in Shelby, but Mound Bayou will be a new community for ...

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