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Bill passes allowing armed teachers, staff in public schools

JACKSON — House members want to steer the school safety debate back toward letting school districts arm teachers and employees. The House voted 70-46 to amend Senate Bill 2659 to allow school districts to decide to allow guns in schools. The Senate bill had included a proposal by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves to help schools pay for resource officers. The ...

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Trial delayed in poultry exporting fraud case

GULFPORT — Trial has been delayed for three men accused of falsifying temperatures of poultry exported to Russia from Pascagoula. The Sun Herald reports 38-year-old Terry White, of Ocean Springs, 39-year-old Gerald Miller, of Gautier, and 55-year-old Patrick McClain, of Pascagoula, were set for trial this week in U.S. District Court in Gulfport. They are accused of authorizing the release ...

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County building gets scanners in the wake of shootings

HERNANDO — Door-size walk-through scanners soon will stand guard just inside the two rotunda entrances to the DeSoto County Administration Building to bolster security at the busy facility in downtown Hernando. County administrator Vanessa Lynchard tells The Commercial Appeal no particular local incident led to the move, but the backdrop of the Aurora, Colo., movie theater and Newtown, Conn., school ...

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Thompson pushing Congress for levee-repair program

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The top Democrat on the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee says Congress must establish a program to help state and local governments repair levees across the nation. Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi says he issued his statement in response to a report by The Associated Press that showed 326 levees covering more than 2,000 miles are in ...

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After two years, highway improvement project complete

PETAL — Officials, businesses and residents in the city of Petal are welcoming the end of a $13 million two-year highway improvement project. The Hattiesburg American reports the project widened Mississippi Highway 42 from two lanes to four and installed turn lanes. Petal Mayor Hal Marx says residents are pleased with the decrease in traffic congestion. And the end of ...

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Medical sharps program surpasses one-million milestone

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) reports the Household Medical Sharps Collection Program has collected more than one million household medical sharps since the beginning of the program in 2010. The program was developed by MDEQ to reduce the number of household medical sharps being disposed of in household garbage and toilets. Household medical sharps include such ...

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MDEQ lifts beach closure following sewage spill

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted a beach closure issued Oct. 13 in Biloxi. The closure extended for a section of beach from Mockingbird Lane on the west to Edgewater Drive on the east and included Beach Station 11A-Edgewater Beach. Last Saturday, the City of Biloxi reported a sewage bypass ...

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Woman accused of posing as OSHA trainer; bilked fisherman for $200K+

WIGGINS — A Mississippi woman is accused of posing as a federal worker to make nearly $216,000 giving fraudulent training classes to fishermen who hoped to get jobs cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. A 22-count federal indictment unsealed yesterday alleges that Connie M. Knight, 46, used phony credentials, diplomas and certifications to con more than ...

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OSHA fines Omega for violations found after worker's death

MOSS POINT — A federal safety agency has proposed fines of $79,200 for Omega Protein Inc. for 25 safety and health violations found after the death of a worker who got caught in a rotating screw conveyor. The Sun Herald reports the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released its findings yesterday from an inspection in April after 24-year-old Christopher Hebert ...

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Abandoned package shuts down Meridian Regional

MERIDIAN — A suspicious package left in bushes near the terminal of Meridian Regional Airport has turned out to be harmless. The airport had been shut down and evacuated after the package was found yesterday about noon. The Meridian Police Department, Mississippi Highway Patrol, Meridian Homeland Security, TSA, and the airport authority responded, and later found the package to contain ...

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