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Forecasters: ‘Potentially historic’ flooding threatens South

Scientists are warning that historic flooding could soon deluge parts of several Southern states along the lower Mississippi River, where floodwaters could persist for several weeks.The flood threat in the South will be discussed Thursday, when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration releases its 2019 spring outlook. Experts plan a briefing on their flood forecast at the National Water Center ...

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Bill passes to cut suits against Mississippi property owners

A bill that would make it harder for people to sue Mississippi property owners for some injuries is headed to Gov. Phil Bryant for his signature or veto. The state Senate on Tuesday voted 31-21 to concur with changes that the House made to Senate Bill 2901 . The measure, known as the Landowners Protection Act, has been a top ...

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Foundation gives Jackson $1.2M to aid prekindergarten

A foundation is giving the city of Jackson $1.2 million to study and improve prekindergarten programs. The Clarion Ledger reports Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba on Monday announced the grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Lumumba wants to eventually offer prekindergarten to all Jackson children. Chief Administrative Officer Robert Blaine says the grant is meant as a step toward that goal, ...

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South Carolina firm plans $2M Mississippi branch, hiring 20

A South Carolina meat company is investing $2 million to open a warehouse in Mississippi’s Delta region, hiring 20 people. Blue Ridge Foods announced Tuesday that it has bought a warehouse in Greenwood to expand distribution and reach suppliers west of the Mississippi River. Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman Tammy Craft says the company is eligible for income, franchise, sales and ...

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Mississippi: No state regulation for some pre-packaged food

A new Mississippi law says the state Department of Agriculture will not regulate vending machines or “micro markets” that sell prepackaged foods. Gov. Phil Bryant signed House Bill 1206 on Tuesday, and it becomes law July 1. The bill defines “micro markets” as unattended self-checkout establishments that sell food in tamper-resistant packaging. The markets are inside buildings and have limited ...

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Mississippi Civil Rights Museum gives deep look at galleries

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is offering a series of programs to give visitors a deep look at each of its eight galleries. A free presentation examines the museum’s first gallery, Mississippi Freedom Struggle, which tells about slavery and emancipation. It begins at 6 p.m. Thursday. A news release from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History says the program ...

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Mississippi town owes debt over employee retirement funds

A Mississippi town has agreed to pay tax lien of more than $30,000 because it improperly managed employee retirement funds. The Commercial Dispatch reports the Internal Revenue Service previously ordered Lowndes County Tax Assessor Greg Andrews to divert all of the town of Crawford’s license plate collections toward paying the lien. That was about $1,000 a month. Crawford appealed, and ...

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Renovation will turn former library into public transit hub

A former library on the Mississippi Gulf Coast is being turned into a public transit center. WLOX-TV reports the transformation of the old Harrison County Library in Gulfport should be complete by January, before the Mississippi Aquarium opens next door. Coast Transit Authority executive director Kevin Coggin says the $9 million renovation got off to a slow start. Officials had ...

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Mississippi lottery could start selling tickets in late 2019

The new Mississippi Lottery could start selling tickets sometime during the final half of this year, a board member for the Mississippi Lottery Corporation said Monday. Gerard Gibert told The Associated Press that the board in recent weeks has hired the Balch & Bingham law firm, which has offices in Mississippi and other states. He said the board will soon ...

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Mississippi to build facility for medically fragile children

A new law says Mississippi can borrow money to build a long-term care facility for children with complex medical conditions. Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday signed House Bill 1160 , which authorizes the state to issue up to $12.5 million in bonds to finance the facility in east Jackson. Lawmakers said it will provide a home-like setting for a small ...

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