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Mississippi shrimp season opens Thursday

Shrimping in Mississippi waters opens Thursday. The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources has set the opening date of the 2019-2020 shrimp season in state territorial waters for 6 a.m. Recreational and commercial shrimp season north of the Intracoastal Waterway will close at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2020. In areas south of the Intracoastal Waterway and west of the Gulfport ...

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Toddler drowns in canal at Mississippi RV park

A 2-year-old boy has drowned at an RV and recreational park in Mississippi. Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell says deputies responded to Presley’s Outing about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a drowning. First responders took over efforts to revive the child, who was ultimately airlifted to Singing River Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Coroner Vicki Broadus confirmed ...

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Tupelo OKs public transit overhaul

Changes to the City of Tupelo’s public transportation system are on the horizon. City officials voted Tuesday to overhaul the system by eliminating the fixed route system and allowing all city residents to request a transportation bus to pick them up from their home instead. The city currently has two methods of travel within the public transit system. There are ...

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Records: County leader accused of DUI got special treatment

Phone records show a county supervisor in Mississippi managed to avoid being booked into jail and got his DUI charge dropped after calling the local sheriff. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports Lee County Supervisor Billy Joe Holland was arrested in April 2018. Jail staff let him go without bail, and Sheriff Jim Johnson alerted county prosecutor James Moore. The ...

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Tupelo business owner looks to introduce bike rental business downtown

By TAYLOR VANCE / Daily Journal TUPELO • Residents will be able to rent bicycles downtown if city officials grant a business permission to place bicycle racks on public sidewalks. Tupelo resident Ethan Nolan is hoping to start a business that would allow people to rent bicycles in the downtown area for a period of time by downloading an app ...

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Canine comfort: Macy’s Townhouse for Dogs is a first for Tupelo

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • The newest hotel in the area has gone to the dogs, literally. Macy’s Townhouse for Dogs is exactly what it sounds like – a place for canines to enjoy the comforts of home – a doggie hotel, if you will. It’s a 24-hour, staffed daycare and boarding located at Carnation and South ...

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Grand jury to hear case in Mississippi police officer death

A grand jury will hear the case against the suspect in the slaying of a Mississippi officer who was shot outside a police station last month. Mississippi Gulf Coast news outlets report that Judge Gaston Hewes Jr. said Tuesday there is probable cause to send 19-year-old Darian Atkinson’s case to a grand jury. The Harrison County panel will decide whether ...

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Lawyers joust over property tax transfers to charter schools

Mississippi’s charter school law unconstitutionally diverts property tax money away from local school districts, lawyers for a group of parents told the state’s high court on Tuesday. But the state urged justices to uphold the law, arguing charter schools also belong to the local district. The law’s opponents lost before a Hinds County judge, but in their appeal they argue ...

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Trump EPA close to gutting Obama rule on coal power plants

The Trump administration is close to completing one of its biggest rollbacks of environmental rules, replacing a landmark Obama-era effort that sought to wean the nation’s electrical grid off coal-fired power plants and their climate-damaging pollution. The final Trump administration replacement rule, expected as soon as this week, instead would give individual states wide discretion to decide whether to require ...

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New England newspaper owner fights to save local journalism

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Eagle has an expanded investigative team. There’s a new 12-page lifestyle section for the Eagle’s Sunday editions. There’s a new monthly magazine focusing on the area’s culinary and natural charms. There is an advisory board that includes cellist Yo-Yo Ma and Pulitzer-winning writer Elizabeth Kolbert. The newspaper is wider, its paper thicker. There’s even a ...

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