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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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Houston leaders ponders budget shortfall

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HOUSTON — The city of Houston in north Mississippi is looking at a projected deficit of $251,536 in September when the fiscal year ends. Mayor Stacey Parker tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal says the shortfalls are being projected in the city general fund and in the water and sewer budget. Parker is suggesting the city use a combination of ...

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Governor: No special session on Mississippi flag design

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JACKSON — Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says he will not call Mississippi lawmakers back to the Capitol to consider removing a Confederate battle emblem from the state flag. Bryant says Thursday that he only calls special sessions for legislators to respond to a natural disaster or to handle a large economic development project. The head of the Legislative Black Caucus, ...

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ALAN TURNER — Kemper: A bird’s eye view

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

On June 19, I accepted an invitation from Mississippi Power to visit their Kemper facility, and get an “up close and personal” view of the plant and how it works. Notwithstanding all of the controversy the construction of Kemper has caused in recent years, the actual working of the plant is deceptively simple. Basically, lignite coal is mined a few ...

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County Line Road, Northpark Mall fighting to hold their own

Northpark Mall, built in 1985, has lost some prestige tenants in recent years, but its owner, Simon Property Group, says it is "laser focused" on improving the portfolio of tenants.

By JACK WEATHERLY  County Line Road is in a holding pattern in more than one way these days. Known for its infamous traffic, the mile-and-a-half, four-lane street that connects Interstate 55 and Old Canton Road, has lost several major stores in the past few years, and is about to lose more. Meantime, the “anchor” of the retail corridor, the 950,000-square-foot ...

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More than 75,000 in Mississippi keep insurance subsidies

Jessica Ellis, right, with "yay 4 ACA" sign, and other supporters of the Affordable Care Act, react with cheers as the opinion for health care is reported outside of the Supreme Court in Washington,Thursday June 25, 2015. The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant was among several Mississippi Republican leaders who criticized the Supreme Court’s decision Thursday upholding the tax subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, as he called the law “a socialist takeover of health care.” Mississippi is one of 34 states where consumers use the federal health insurance marketplace because the 34 did not create their ...

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Mississippi physicians offer olive branch on code requirements

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By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi physicians are willing to throw themselves on the mercy of the federal government as a Oct. 1 deadline nears for the implementation of a complex disease coding system they say is a disruptive threat. The system is called ICD-10. That stands for the 10th version of the International Classification of Diseases. The codes have grown — ...

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