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Mississippi export summit touts success of international trade

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By JACK WEATHERLY “Had we not gone international, I don’t think we’d be here today,” said Wayne Wade, president of Bio Soil Enhancers Inc. of Hattiesburg. His testimony and Gov. Phil Bryant’s touting the successes of doing business overseas were the highlights of the Governor’s 2015 Export Summit on Thursday at the Jackson Convention Center. Bio Soil nearly went out of business after ...

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Mississippi man loses appeal of fraud conviction

JACKSON — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a Mississippi man for fraud involving debris removal following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Aubrey Brant Sturdivant of Waynesboro is serving a 41-month prison sentence for a 2013 conviction in federal court in Jackson for conspiracy to defraud the government. A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of ...

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Miss. court to hear case of casino barge, Katrina damage

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court will consider whether a judge was wrong in finding that an insurance company was not liable for damage caused when the Grand Casino barge was torn from its moorings during Hurricane Katrina and smacked into a Biloxi beachfront home. The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to look at an appeal from homeowner Cherri Porter, who ...

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Group pushes for bill to disclose insurance costs by area

JACKSON — A group of lawmakers and residents from the Mississippi Gulf Coast are again pushing a bill that would require insurance companies to disclose, by geographic area, how much they are charging to insure property. The idea, which originated in Alabama, is meant to provide evidence to people who are fighting for lower insurance rates. The theory is that ...

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209th Civil Engineer Squadron in Gulfport being renamed

GULFPORT — Maj. Gen. Augustus L. Collins, the adjutant general of Mississippi, will host a re-designation ceremony for the 209th Civil Engineer Squadron on Saturday in Gulfport. The unit will now be called the 209th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron. The 209th Civil Engineer Squadron began in 1969 with the activation and federal recognition of the 173d Civil Engineering Flight. ...

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Trial of former Harrison County utility boss set for Feb. 23

GULFPORT —€” The former head of the Harrison County Utility Authority is set for a Feb. 23 trial on charges that he took bribes from a contractor. U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden set the trial date in a Dec. 29 order. Kamran Pahlavan, a former executive director, pleaded not guilty in December to a five-count indictment alleging he received bribes ...

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Katrina whistleblower case set for arguments

JACKSON — State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. has appealed an order that it pay legal fees and damages of $3 million in a whistleblower lawsuit. A jury in Mississippi found the insurer defrauded the government in a policyholder claim after Hurricane Katrina. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments for Feb. 5 in New Orleans. Sisters Cori ...

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Coast city replacing iconic mosaic that Katrina destroyed

WAVELAND — The City of Waveland is working to replace the signature mosaic that stood in front of City Hall until Hurricane Katrina destroyed it. WLOX-TV reports that artist Elizabeth Veglia is leading a community effort to create a new tile mosaic. Twenty-six community workshops have been held in the past five weeks to plan and design the mosaic. More ...

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Judge: Homeowners eligible to share damages in Chinese drywall case

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ruled that nearly 4,000 homeowners who say Chinese drywall ruined their homes are eligible to share any further damages he may award in lawsuits against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., a government-owned manufacturer that failed to show up in court. Notices of U.S. District Judge Eldon Fallon’s order were sent Friday to the homeowners ...

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