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Interest down in offshore lease sale

  NEW ORLEANS — In the face of lower energy prices and big supply surpluses, petroleum exploration companies have pulled back bids for Wednesday’s auction of Gulf of Mexico tracts off the coast of Texas. The federal Minerals Management Service says it received 189 bids from 26 companies on 162 tracts. Last year’s sale in the western Gulf attracted 423 ...

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Asian soybean rust spreading in Mississippi

JACKSON — Asian soybean rust is spreading across Mississippi and has now been found in nine counties. Officials at Mississippi State University Extension Service say the disease was detected Friday in Holmes, Carroll, Grenada, Humphreys, Leflore, Montgomery, Sunflower, Yalobusha, and Yazoo counties. In his weekly field report, Ernie Flint, an agronomist for the MSU Extension Service, says most of the ...

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Federal suit against Olive Branch dismissed

  OXFORD —  Court records show that a federal civil rights lawsuit against Olive Branch has been dismissed. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Michael P. Mills entered an order last week dismissing Cynthia Putt’s claim she was the victim of excessive force during her January 2007 arrest for driving under the influence of prescription drugs. The order said Putt, who ...

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Chaney: Camille 40th a reminder to check coverage

  JACKSON — State Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says as Mississippi marks the 40th anniversary of Hurricane Camille this week, people should make sure they’re prepared in case a similar disaster strikes again. Chaney says homeowners need to review their insurance policies to see whether they have flood and windstorm coverage. He says people should also review coverage limits on ...

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Hurricane Bill gathers strength out in Atlantic

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The first hurricane of the Atlantic season loomed far out in the ocean Tuesday, gaining power and moving on a track that forecasters said could take it close to Bermuda by the end of the week. Hurricane Bill was expected to become a major storm in the next couple of days, with winds topping 110 mph (177 ...

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Rep. Taylor says he won't support health care plan

  MOSS POINT —  U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor wanted to talk about shipbuilding and other issues before taking up health care at a town hall meeting in south Mississippi. The crowd did not. About 700 people showed up for Monday’s meeting in Moss Point and chanted “health care” when the south Mississippi Democrat began discussing other topics. Taylor made it ...

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Mississippi to receive $470K from Energy Dept.

  JACKSON —  The U.S. Department of Energy says Mississippi will receive nearly $470,000 for state emergency preparedness planning and to ensure prompt recovery and restoration from energy supply disruptions. The funds are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The money will be used to hire or retrain personnel and increase the state’s capability to address ...

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USM awarded $1.3M for red snapper laboratory

  OCEAN SPRINGS — Federal grants totaling $1.3 million will be used to build a 5,260-square-foot red snapper laboratory on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The laboratory is one of several facilities being built at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs. William Hawkins, director of the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, said the site at Cedar ...

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Claudette weakens; Bill forms in Atlantic

PENSACOLA BEACH, FLA. — A quick-forming tropical storm blew into the Florida Panhandle on Monday and quickly lost steam while the first hurricane of this year’s Atlantic season took shape over the open ocean on a track for Bermuda. Claudette was downgraded to a tropical depression Monday morning with top sustained winds near 35 mph after coming ashore a few ...

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Childers, Nunnelee exchange jabs on stimulus cash

  TUPELO —  Democratic U.S. Rep. Travis Childers says a potential Republican opponent, Alan Nunnelee, is a “hypocrite” for criticizing the federal stimulus program. Childers says that Nunnelee, as chairman of the state Senate Appropriations Committee, used $500 million in stimulus money to help write a $6 billion state budget. Nunnelee says the stimulus was a costly mistake and he ...

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