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That vanilla smell? It’s the wastewater treatment plant

The air is a little sweeter now that a Mississippi Gulf Coast community is spraying a vanilla scent to mask the odor of its wastewater treatment plant. More than two dozen machines recently started blowing scented mist into the air 19 hours a day at the Pascagoula-Moss Point wastewater plant. The owner of a wig and jewelry boutique near the ...

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Mississippi flood overwhelms miles-long sandbag wall

Floodwaters overwhelmed a miles-long sandbag barrier over the weekend, drenching another community in the southern end of the Mississippi Delta. Volunteers, prisoners and others had stacked 100,000 sandbags and more than 600 wire flood-control baskets, trying to keep water out of hundreds of homes at Eagle Lake, north of Vicksburg. But water trapped inside a levee system keeps rising, as ...

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Jackson may sue Siemens over water issues

The city of Jackson, Mississippi, may sue Siemens over water issues.Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba tells WJTV-TV that the City Council has hired a Birmingham, Alabama-based law firm to review a $91 million contract the city entered with Siemens in 2012. The city says Siemens didn’t fulfill the contract in which the company promised to upgrade Jackson water meters and overhaul ...

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Officials seek to open major spillway on Mississippi River

Army Corps of Engineers officials in Louisiana aim to open a historic flood control structure above New Orleans on Tuesday for an unprecedented second time in one year. “It’s an unprecedented amount of water that’s coming down,” David Ramirez, chief of water management for the Corps’ New Orleans District, told reporters Thursday. The request for authorization from the Corps’ Mississippi ...

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USM joins newly formed $94 million Ocean Exploration Institute

The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is joining four other nationally renowned ocean science institutions to form The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Ocean Exploration Cooperative Institute (OECI). USM’s School of Ocean Science and Engineering (SOSE), Ocean Exploration Trust, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, University of New Hampshire, and the University of Rhode Island will work with NOAA’s Office of ...

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Utility faces federal investigation over failed power plant

A utility giant faces a federal investigation over a $7.5 billion coal-fueled power plant that Mississippi regulators pushed the electrical utility into partly cancelling. The Southern Co. said Wednesday that the U.S. Justice Department told the Atlanta-based company on Monday that it has started a civil investigation into the plant that subsidiary Mississippi Power Co. was building in Kemper County. ...

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Showing a ‘hole’ lot of promise

» Pipe Planner key to cutting Delta irrigation levels by 20 percent By TED CARTER Name buzz for no-cost irrigation software Pipe Planner is likely be zero outside of Mississippi and neighboring Delta states, but it figures prominently in plans for sustaining imperiled agricultural water supplies in Delta regions. With the web-based program, growers save water and energy through more-precise ...

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Farm-to-table movement growing in popularity

By BECKY GILLETTE The farm-to-table movement is becoming increasingly popular across the country as consumers lean toward wanting to support local growers who can provide tasty and fresh produce that doesn’t have to be shipped across the country. Dr. Christine Coker, a specialist in urban horticulture vegetables and green roof food systems at the Mississippi State University Coastal Research & ...

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Green industry in Mississippi grossed $175 million in 2017

By BECKY GILLETTE When talking about “green” industries, it doesn’t get greener than operations like Salad Days in Flora, a hydroponic farm that is used to grow pesticide-free produce including lettuce and several varieties of tomatoes. The farm operated by Jamie Redmond and Leigh Bailey has a number of environmental benefits: Water usage is minimal making this method easily sustainable. ...

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Ashley Furniture investing $29 million in solar energy

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal ARCADIA, Wis.– Ashley Furniture Industries) has committed to a multi-phase effort to reduce the company’s energy footprint. Ashley, the world’s largest furniture manufacturer, has selected 10 of its largest U.S. facilities to receive solar installations this year as part of the first phase of the initiative. Construction on the first solar array in Romeoville, ...

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