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Oystermen await scientists' post-oil spill findings

GULF OF MEXICO — Louisiana may delay the start of the oyster season on most public seed grounds while scientists collect oysters and sediment to check for any damage from last year’s BP PLC oil spill. National Resource Damage Assessment teams will begin next week to look for information including how big, fat and thick on the waterbottoms the oysters ...

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Main Street getting funding from new BP partnership

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Main Street Association (MMSA) has formed a new partnership with BP America across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. With funding from BP, MMSA will work in the existing Main Street communities on the Coast and also bring in two new communities to the Main Street program. The seven existing Gulf Coast Main Street programs include ...

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'Sheen sightings' reported near BP oil spill site

GULF OF MEXICO — The Coast Guard says a series of “sheen sightings” have been reported in the area where the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last year, but BP’s capped well isn’t the suspected source of the substance. A statement issued yesterday by the Coast Guard says the sheens could have come from the ...

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MBJ Editorial: Legislature sets flame to money with handout to zoo

Mississippi will be throwing good money after bad when it chucks $1.3 million at the Jackson Zoo. The state Bond Commission last week unanimously approved the sale of $354 million in tax-exempt bonds for which the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum will get $40 million together in bond funding. However, other projects benefiting from state ...

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Cellular South announces change to C Spire Wireless

On Monday, Cellular South will get a new name — C Spire Wireless — and the company says it will also beome the nation’s first wireless provider to introduce personalized wireless services. “We have entered a new era in wireless – an era centered on broadband networks, mobile computing devices and now personalized services. Completing calls is only a small ...

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Senate committee approves BP oil spill bill

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — A U.S. Senate committee has approved legislation that would provide Mississippi and other Gulf Coast states with a significant share of federal fines paid by BP for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act of 2011 (S.1400) was today approved by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on a voice vote. ...

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Oil from spill not degrading as quickly as expected

GULF OF MEXICO — Tar balls washed onto Gulf of Mexico beaches by Tropical Storm Lee earlier this month show that oil left over from last year’s BP spill is not breaking down as quickly as some scientists thought it would, university researchers said yesterday. Auburn University experts who studied tar samples at the request of coastal leaders said the ...

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MBJ Editorial: Ayers family worked too hard to see neglect at this level

Never in his wildest dreams  would Jake Ayers had believed, in 1975, what has become of the Mississippi college desegregation lawsuit, known simply as “Ayers.” When all was said and done in 2004, Mississippi education officials said they could get to work enforcing the $503 million settlement designed to correct racist neglect of Jackson State, Mississippi Valley State and Alcorn ...

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Report finds BP ultimately responsible for oil spill

GULF OF MEXICO — A key federal report goes further than other investigations and puts ultimate responsibility on BP for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history and the deaths of 11 rig workers, especially regarding the cement seal that was put in place the day before the explosion that triggered the spill. The report, released today, said in ...

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Court weighing decision concerning Chevron tax money

JACKSON COUNTY — Pascagoula School District leaders said the double whammy of drastically reduced state funding and potential loss of revenue from major industry will cause home and business owners’ property taxes to go up. Property tax is not going up this year, but the district said should they not prevail in a case being weighed by the Mississippi Supreme ...

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