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Rapiscan's metal detection system passes USM testing

HATTIESBURG — Rapiscan Systems Inc.’s Metor 6WP walk through metal detector has passed lab-testing by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi. Following an extensive evaluation in the National Sports Security Laboratory at the University of Southern Mississippi, NCS4 has confirmed that the Metor 6WP performed at or above the levels ...

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State's bad bridges continue to raise concerns among officials

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mention highway safety and people have all sorts of ideas of what that means. To the Highway Patrol, it suggests expanding the ranks of state troopers. For the Mississippi Department of Transportation, it’s a well-maintained road system. For Mothers Against Drunk Driving, getting intoxicated drivers off the roads is the highest priority. And there are those against ...

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MDOT to install first flashing yellow arrow signal in Vicksburg

VICKSBURG — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is implementing a new traffic signal to provide a safer and more efficient left-turn for motorists. The new flashing yellow arrow (FYA) left-turn signal will begin replacing the circular green signal for permitted left turns at selected intersections. The new FYA signal provides a more direct message than the circular green one. ...

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MDOT finds bad bridge near school, re-posts weight limit

TISHOMINGO COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has identified yet another aging bridge — this one near a school — and has re-posted its weight limit. MDOT recently evaluated the posted weight limit of Bridge No. 2.3 on State Route 172 during a routine bridge inspection. It was determined that due to the aging of the structure, the ...

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MDEQ issues water contact advisories for Coast beaches

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, issued water contact advisories for five Coast sampling stations. These segments of beach are not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in these areas. The affected stretches of beach are: Station 7 — Pass Christian East Beach, ...

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Survey finds seat belt usage declining as fatalities rise

JACKSON — New data from the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety shows the observed belt usage rate is at 74.4 percent. That’s compared to 83 percent in 2012, officials said yesterday in a news release. Fatalities also increased last year. In 2013, 613 people died from traffic accidents in Mississippi, a 5.3 percent increase from 2012. Public Safety Commissioner Albert ...

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VDCI lands mosquito-abatement contract

With spring comes mosquitoes and the threat of West Nile virus, but one county is taking a proactive defense. The Hinds County Board of Supervisors members have awarded a mosquito abatement contract to Vector Disease Control International (VDCI). Terms were not disclosed. VDCI has an office located in Jackson, and has been serving the Jackson metro area since 2001. The ...

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MDEQ assessing household hazardous waste in wake of tornadoes

LEE COUNTY and WINSTON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is working with officials and residents across the state to assist with storm damage and to provide guidance on the proper management of debris resulting from recent tornadoes. There are currently two household hazardous waste collection sites that will be provided for Lee County (Lee County Agri-center) ...

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FDA sends alerts, warning letters to Asian companies over mislabeled fish

JACKSON — Analyses of FDA food safety import alerts and warning letters indicate a heightened effort to combat continuing problems with many imported seafood products, according to The Catfish Institute. On Jan. 7, the FDA issued a new seafood import alert addressing the continuing problem of exports to the U.S. of fish falsely labeled. Exporters targeted for extra surveillance include ...

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Report: State ranks 10th nationally in deficient bridges

WASHINGTON — Data from a new government report show that if all the structurally deficient bridges in the United States were placed end-to-end, it would take you 25 hours driving 60 miles per hour to cross them. An analysis of the 2013 National Bridge Inventory database released this month by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) shows cars, trucks and ...

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