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American Queen stranded in Memphis due to low water

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The American Queen steamboat is docked in Memphis, Tenn., unable to paddle on down the Mississippi River because of low water. A trip that began Aug. 3 at Louisville, Ky., was cut short well before the steamboat’s destination of Vicksburg. American Queen Steamboat Company’s Tim Rubacky tells The Commercial Appeal navigation problems caused by sluggish river flow ...

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Oil rig manager sentenced for lying about safety testing

WALNUT GROVE — A 49-year-old Mississippi man who worked as manager on a drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico has been sentenced to two years of probation for lying about testing on a key safety device that allegedly was not working properly. Donald Hudson, of Walnut Grove, pleaded guilty in April to making a false statement in March 2011 ...

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MDOT official says river bridge 'structurally deficient'

OXFORD — A Mississippi Department of Transportation official says the Tallahatchie River truss bridge on Mississippi 7 is “structurally deficient” and will be replaced. MDOT supervisor Mitch Turner tells The Oxford Eagle the job is estimated to cost about $12 million, but final figures won’t be known until bids have been opened in January. Turner says the cost of keeping ...

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Officials say I-269 will ease traffic, increase safety

DESOTO COUNTY — Mississippi transportation officials are touting the benefits of the Interstate 269 project. After all the segments are complete, I-269 will form a 30-mile bypass around Memphis through Tennessee and Mississippi and will connect to the existing I-69/I-55 corridor hub. The projected corridor eventually will stretch from Canada to Mexico. Mike Tagert, Mississippi’s Northern District transportation commissioner, tells ...

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Prison operator fined $104K for safety violations by OSHA

JACKSON — A private prison operator that’s giving up its business in Mississippi could face up to $104,000 in fines from federal workplace safety regulators. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said GEO Group exposed employees to assaults by inmates at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility near Lost Gap. Citations issued yesterday by OSHA say GEO Group knowingly failed to ...

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OSHA cites AZZ Inc. for 22 safety, health violations

RICHLAND — AZZ Inc., doing business as AZZ Galvanizing Services in Richland, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 22 safety and health violations following an inspection that began in December 2011 after OSHA received a complaint alleging hazards. OSHA reports 17 serious safety and health violations include failing to conduct inspections ...

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Study shows noise, accident potential drops at Columbus AFB

COLUMBUS — It’s been a little quieter around Columbus Air Force Base, and if nearby residents had complaints about noise levels or safety, they didn’t voice them during a presentation this week by Col. Barre Seguin, commander of the 14th Flying Training Wing. The Commercial Dispatch reports a recent study of noise and accident potential indicated both have dropped significantly. ...

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Study: Recalls had little or no effect on Toyota's brand

A study from North Carolina State University shows that Toyota’s safety-related recalls that began in 2009 made little to no impact on how consumers perceived the brand. “These findings highlight the importance of establishing and maintaining a reputation for quality,” says Dr. Robert Hammond, an assistant professor of economics at NC State and lead author of a paper describing the ...

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Nightclub owners voice concerns over proposed security ordinance

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg nightclub and bar owners say many smaller nightspots would be put out of business by a proposal to require on-site parking lots and at least three guards at every bar. The Hattiesburg American reports the City Council has scheduled a public meeting March 5 to hear public concerns. Ben Shemper, owner of Benny’s Boom Boom Room in ...

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Councilmen repeal convenience store security ordinance

JACKSON — The Jackson City Council has reversed course on a law that a majority now agrees is too burdensome on the 24-hour convenience stores it sought to protect. By a 4-0 vote, council members voted yesterday to repeal the law, which required the stores to have a security guard on duty from midnight to 5 a.m. Another provision required ...

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