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Investigators testing neighborhoods for pollutants

HATTIESBURG — State and federal agencies are testing neighborhoods around a former chemical plant in Hattiesburg for possible pollution. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Environmental Protection Agency and Ashland Inc., Hercules’ parent company, have drilled test wells within a half-mile of the plant, the Hattiesburg American reported. The wells are drilled in the path that water flows underground, MDEQ ...

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Delta city officials ask lawmakers again for lodging tax

GREENWOOD — Officials have asked the Legislature to approve a 2-cent increase in the local lodging tax so the city of Greenwood can renovated a local warehouse into a convention center. It will be third time the city has asked for the increase. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports both previous times the request for a lodging tax increase to fund renovation ...

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Officials to decide if hooka lounge violates smoking ban

CORINTH — Alex Al-Quawwas wants to expand his business with a hookah lounge, where people would be able to smoke a non-tobacco product using a hookah. The issue before Corinth officials is whether the activity violates the city’s public smoking ban, according to the Daily Corinthian. A hookah is an instrument generally used for smoking flavored tobacco. It includes a ...

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Secretary LaHood to visit State Port next week

GULFPORT — U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood is expected to visit the Port of Gulfport next Tuesday. Executive director Don Allee tells The Sun Herald LaHood’s office contacted the port, saying he would be in the region and asking if a visit could be arranged. He will have about an hour for the visit. Allee said details are still ...

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