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Sanderson Farms sued over ads that allegedly mislead

By JACK WEATHERLY Several consumer advocacy groups have sued Laurel-based Sanderson Farms Inc. for allegedly using antibiotics and other chemicals in its chicken that the producer advertises as “100% natural.” The Organic Consumers Association, Friends of the Earth and the Center for Food Safety filed the complaint June 22 in the U.S. District Court for Northern California against Sanderson, the ...

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Legislator: No memorial signs for dilapidated highways

A Mississippi state representative tabled bills by senators to name highways after their constituents after the Senate killed a bill that would have provided funds for road repair. The move by Rep. Charles Busby, R-Pascagoula, came as the Mississippi Economic Council, the state’s chamber of commerce, called Wednesday for immediate action on road funding. Busby is the chairman of the ...

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Sanderson, other poultry processors wing it after index is discontinued

By JACK WEATHERLY Sanderson Farms Inc. and other poultry processors find themselves without a long-standing index used in establishing a price they charge retailers. The Georgia Dock Index, which was established in 1972, was discontinued in December. The index’s accuracy had been called into question, so the Georgia Department of Agriculture requested that producers provide supporting documentation on pricing. Yet, ...

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Sanderson tourney is run like a business ‘with a heart’

By JACK WEATHERLY The Sanderson Farms Championship pumps about $23 million a year into the economy of the Jackson area and the rest of Mississippi. In professional golf and business, those things don’t just happen. Such results take a lot of planning and execution. “It is truly full-time, year-round,” said Steve Jent, tournament executive director who has a five-person staff. ...

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$10M Sanderson gift starts $100M drive for children’s health

The CEO of Mississippi’s largest publicly held company is pledging $10 million toward the expansion of pediatric medical facilities at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Joe Sanderson and his wife Cathy made the pledge Monday as the university launched a $100 million fundraising drive for Children’s of Mississippi. That’s the umbrella organization that includes the Blair E. Batson Children’s ...

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Race to the pump: Feds appear ready to beat state on new gas taxes

The chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee says it seems Congress is about to pre-empt Mississippi’s  opportunity to take advantage of plummeting gasoline prices by enacting new motor fuels taxes. While Mississippi legislators wait for a late 2015 completion of a private-sector study on state transportation infrastructure needs and how to pay for them, Congress is poised to act this ...

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North Carolina officials may revisit Sanderson Farms plant incentives

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Cumberland County officials may reconsider tax breaks and other sweeteners for a proposed poultry plan that could employ 1,000 workers. The Fayetteville Observer reported that Cumberland County commissioners may vote Tuesday to set a public hearing on an incentives package for the Sanderson Farms plant. The Mississippi-based company told economic development officials last week that it is ...

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Sanderson Farms Championship announces $1.1M gift to Children's Heart Center

The philanthropic arm of the PGA Tour’s Sanderson Farms Championship Tuesday presented $1.1 million to the five-year-old Children’s Heart Center at Batson Children’s Hospital. The contribution from the PGA Tour event’s host sponsor, the nonprofit Century Club Charities, will help the space-squeezed Children’s Heart Center reach its expansion goals of 20 to 24 additional beds, new operating rooms, and an ...

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Sanderson renews PGA commitment; tournament moving to October

Mississippi’s only PGA Tour event is staying in the state and keeping its title sponsor, but is moving to a new date — which means it will not be played next year. Sanderson Farms has agreed to a three-year renewal of its title sponsorship of the PGA TOUR’s Sanderson Farms Championship. In addition to the extension, tournament officials and PGA ...

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Sandersons donate $1 million to USM nursing building fund

A $1 million gift commitment from Joe and Kathy Sanderson of Laurel has pushed the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation’s College of Nursing Building Campaign over the $5 million mark and closer to its $8 million goal. With the donation, the clinical simulation lab will be named for the Sandersons. The Sanderson Clinical Simulation Lab will cover more than 8,000 ...

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