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Mississippi in multi-state probe of VW’s bogus emissions tests

FILE - This Oct. 5, 2015 file photo shows the Volkswagen logo at the building of a company retailer in Berlin, Germany. Volkswagen almost inevitably will have to compensate owners of diesel cars equipped with emissions-rigging software. Some legal experts say the automaker could be forced to buy back the cars altogether. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

By TED CARTER Mississippi has joined more than two dozen other states in investigating whether German car manufacturer Volkswagen used deceptive trade practices to convince consumers that their cars were environmentally friendly, when they weren’t. Attorney General Jim Hood’s office declined to say whether Mississippi joined the multi-state investigation. The office said only that “the nature of this investigation has been ...

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Global warming? Half of all U.S. counties now considered disaster areas because of drought

ST. LOUIS  — Nearly 220 counties in a dozen drought-stricken states were added Wednesday to the U.S. government’s list of natural disaster areas as the nation’s agriculture chief unveiled new help for frustrated, cash-strapped farmers and ranchers grappling with extreme dryness and heat. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s addition of the 218 counties means that more than half of all ...

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Illinois plant shifts some operations to Blue Mountain

MOUNDS, Ill.  — A maker of industrial floor absorbent and cat litter products is moving that production from southern Illinois’ Pulaski County to Mississippi. WSIL-TV reports that Oil-Dri Corp. of America announced the move involving its plant in Mounds this week. Oil-Dri says as many as 40 workers in Mounds will be affected, although some employees might be considered for ...

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Harper against hoodies — Mississippi representative admonishes lawmaker for choice of clothing

WASHINGTON — Rep. Bobby Rush donned a hoodie during a speech on the House floor Wednesday deploring the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, receiving a reprimand for violating rules on wearing hats in the House chamber. The Illinois Democrat spoke out against racial profiling and, as he removed his suit coat and pulled the hood on the sweatshirt he ...

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Mississippi included in Michael Foods egg recall list

MINNETONKA, Minn. — A Minnesota food company is widening its recall of hard-cooked eggs because of a potential for listeria contamination. Michael Foods, of Minnetonka, is recalling eggs in brine sold in 10- and 25-pound pails for institutional use in 34 states. The eggs carry six brand names: Columbia Valley Farms, GFS, Glenview Farms, Papetti’s, Silverbrook and Wholesome Farms. The ...

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Corps takes stock of needed flood-protection repairs

The Army Corps of Engineers says it will begin notifying communities along the Mississippi River this month whether damage from last year’s historic flood poses a further threat should the river reach flood levels again this year. The corps has been doing assessments in recent months of damages to levees, structures and navigation channels, said spokesman Bob Anderson in the ...

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Crop insurance rates skyrocket after summer floods

Midwestern farmers who saw their land swamped by summer flooding may be socked again with steep increases in their crop insurance premiums, the expensive result of the failure to fix broken levees before the winter snow and next spring’s rains. The Missouri River rose to record levels this year after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began releasing massive amounts ...

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Feds assess sites for renewable energy potential

Determining the potential of former landfills, brownfields and Superfund sites around the country to host solar panels and other renewable energy projects is the focus of a new assessment federal researchers announced Friday. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado plan to spend the next year to 18 months assessing 26 sites. The sites ...

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