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US Geological Survey: 3.2 earthquake in Madison Co.

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JACKSON — The U.S. Geological Survey says a small earthquake shook Madison County, Mississippi. Paul Caruso, a geophysicist at the National Earthquake Information Center says the quake of magnitude 3.2 occurred at 8:23 a.m. Monday. The epicenter was about four miles southwest of Canton and 19 miles north-northeast of Jackson. Caruso says it was too small for any significant damage ...

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Drop in casino revenue means tax hike likely by levee board

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CLARKSDALE — The Yazoo Mississippi Delta Levee Board has scheduled a public meeting July 9 on a proposed tax increase. Since 1996, levee board has not raised taxes. The Clarkdale Press Register reports that’s likely to change. The levee board — which is tasked with maintaining the levee system in 12 counties — got its revenue from casino rentals. The ...

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Hannah Roberts crowned Miss Mississippi 2015

Miss University of Southern Mississippi Hannah Roberts, walks past the judges during the evening gown portion of the Miss Mississippi Pageant 2015, Saturday, June 27, 2015 in Vicksburg, Miss. Roberts was later crowned Miss Mississippi. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

VICKSBURG — Hannah Roberts has won the Miss Mississippi pageant and will compete for the crown of Miss America in September. The Clarion-Ledger reports the 21-year-old winner represented Miss University of Southern Mississippi in the competition Saturday night in Vicksburg and earned a $10,000 scholarship. Roberts plans to attend the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Miss Riverland Laura Lee Lewis was ...

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Official: La movie credit cap may send business to Ga, Miss

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BILOXI — Louisiana’s new cap on film tax credits could send more movie business to Georgia and Mississippi, says the Mississippi Film Office’s Gulf Coast project manager. As one of the top film locations outside of California, Georgia is likely to get some of the business that might otherwise have gone to Louisiana, sometimes called “Hollywood South,” Bill Webb said. ...

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Clarksdale attorney shot to death; suspect in custody

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CLARKSDALE — Police in Clarksdale say a suspect is in custody after an attorney was shot to death in his law office. The shooting happened Friday afternoon. The Clarksdale Press Register reports that the victim was attorney Ellis Pittman. Pittman was in his office for a deposition with other attorneys, including Clarksdale mayor Bill Luckett. Luckett told the newspaper he ...

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Harvey Gulf Marine acquiring shipbuilders in La., Miss.

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NEW ORLEANS — New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf International Marine is entering the shipbuilding business with the acquisition of Trinity Yachts in New Orleans and Gulf Coast Shipyard in Gulfport, Mississippi. The company said Thursday it created a new affiliated company, Harvey Shipyard Group, to manage its shipbuilding assets. The purchase price was not disclosed. The Advocate reports the shipyards in ...

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North Mississippi watermelon crop running behind

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TUPELO — With the July Fourth holiday right around the corner, many people will be looking for watermelons for family cookouts and get-togethers. Northeast Mississippi watermelon growers have had a tough time getting their crops to consumers. There are watermelons in stores, but if they’re Mississippi grown they’re likely from the Gulf Coast region. Farmers tell WCBI TV the unusually ...

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Former Casino Magic to get new life as resort, water park

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BILOXI — Plans for a new resort and water park at the former Casino Magic on the beach in East Biloxi have been presented to the Biloxi Architectural and Historical Review Commission and approved. The Sun Herald reports developer Cono Caranna with Biloxi Lodging LLC said Thursday the resort will have 373 hotel rooms, two restaurants and a water park ...

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Brookhaven schools borrow $255K to address budget shortfall

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BROOKHAVEN — The Brookhaven School District is borrowing $255,000 to address a budget shortfall. Superintendent Ben Cox tells The Daily Leader that property tax collections have not kept up with expenses. The funds will be repaid over three years. Cox says last year tax collections were short of what they requested by about $212,000. He says the school district absorbed ...

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