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Ribbon cutting for Mississippi plant drying shrimp hulls

There’s money to be made from the hulls of peeled shrimp, material that usually ends up in landfills. A facility opening along Mississippi’s Gulf Coast will process these shrimp exoskeletons and harvest the material known as chitin for use in a variety of products. WLOX-TV reports that the Mari Signum Dragon Drying plant near the Vancleave community held a ribbon ...

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Last US 72 segment in Mississippi gets 4 lanes

Mississippi officials have opened the final four-lane segment of U.S. 72, giving the route four lanes from the Tennessee state line to the Alabama state line. Norther District Transportation Commissioner Mike Tagert says the corridor will cut congestion, promote safety, and provide a better connection to the new Interstate 269. The 4.2-mile (7-kilometer) segment cost $29.4 million. It included adding ...

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Mississippi to open last leg of $600M-plus I-269 on Friday

Mississippi’s newest interstate highway will open on Friday afternoon. The Mississippi Department of Transportation says officials will gather that morning to cut the ribbon on the final stretch of Interstate 269 in DeSoto County. The last leg of a beltway around Memphis, Tennessee, the 9-mile (14.5-kilometer) section stretches from Mississippi 305 to Interstate 55. It allows drivers to move between ...

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Analysis: First achievement for special district? Get going

Mississippi was supposed to have a special district for troubled schools operating by now. But when, or if, the achievement school district will actually start is anyone’s guess. A year after a search for a superintendent stalled out, the Mississippi Department of Education has yet to start looking again. The achievement school district law, which is another in a series ...

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Lawsuit: Utility to blame for damage to voting machines

A southwest Mississippi county is suing an electrical utility and its own insurer, seeking more than $500,000 for damage to voting machines caused by a 2016 power outage. The Enterprise-Journal reports Pike County earlier this month sued Entergy Corp. and the administrator of the Mississippi Association of Supervisors Insurance Trust. The county claims a poorly maintained power line caused a ...

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Computer switch tied to delays for some Mississippi car tags

Some Mississippi drivers say they are frustrated by delays in getting license plates. Lee County resident Norma Kolarik told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that she and her husband bought a car in May in Alcorn County. She said they couldn’t get a tag until September, and even then it took help from a state lawmaker. “The citizens of Mississippi ...

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Emmett Till cousin to speak at Delta State

A cousin of Emmett Till is returning to Mississippi to speak about the 1955 abduction and killing of the black teenager, which helped galvanize the civil rights movement.The Rev. Wheeler Parker Jr. is speaking at 7 p.m. today at Delta State University. Parker and Till traveled together from Chicago to Mississippi. Parker says he heard Till whistle at a white ...

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City seeks part-time officers to fill police shortage

A Mississippi city is seeking part-time police officers as it tries to fill a personnel shortage. WLBT-TV reports that the Vicksburg Police Department is now offering to hire part-time officers, paying $25 an hour. Part-time officers dominate police forces in many smaller Mississippi cities and towns, but many larger cities prefer to hire full-time officers. Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore ...

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First new oil wells in years being drilled in shale region

An Australian company is drilling new wells in an oil formation that straddles southwest Mississippi and southeast Louisiana, the first new wells drilled in about three years, after a crash in oil prices dried up activity. Australis Oil & Gas Ltd. announced earlier this month that it had started drilling the first of at least six planned wells near Gillsburg, ...

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Owners of fire-damaged building win approval for new roof

The owners of a historic Mississippi building which burned in a September fire have approval to put a new roof on the structure. The Natchez Democrat reports that the Natchez Preservation Commission has approved plans for a different roof than the red-tiled one that traditionally topped the Prentiss Club. The 113-year-old building, built to house a men’s club, was heavily ...

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