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Mississippi lawmakers have real fears about ‘fake meat’

Mississippi lawmakers have real fears about “fake meat,” and the state could become the latest to ban food made from plants, insects or grown in a lab from being described as meat. The state House on Thursday voted 117-0 to approve Senate Bill 2922, sending it to Gov. Phil Bryant for his signature or veto. Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson ...

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Officials say they will rebuild tornado-damaged school

Officials in a Mississippi city say they will seek to rebuild a tornado-damaged school campus that housed an alternative school. Columbus Superintendent Cherie Labat tells local media the district will rebuild the former Hunt High School, which housed the district’s alternative school. The campus lost its roof and upstairs classrooms in Saturday’s storm. The Columbus Success Academy, as the alternative ...

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Mayor: Mississippi town surrounding by overflowing rivers

The mayor of Glendora, Mississippi, says overflowing rivers swollen with recent rain have encircled his town and forced some families to leave their homes. The Greenwood Commonwealth reported Wednesday that the town of 151 people is caught between the flooded Tallahatchie River to the north and the Black Bayou to the south. Mayor Johnny Thomas says the recent flood is ...

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Mississippi sues federal government over river flooding

The state of Mississippi is suing the federal government for at least $25 million, claiming a federal dam complex in Louisiana that keeps the Mississippi River from changing course is harming state land. The suit was filed Monday in the Court of Federal Claims by Mississippi officials on behalf of three school districts. The structure prevents the Mississippi River from ...

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Mississippi announces plans for $37.8M in oil spill money

Mississippi officials have outlined how they plan to spend this year’s $37.8 million installment of BP oil spill money, focusing largely on economic, environmental and transportation projects. Gov. Phil Bryant made the announcement Tuesday in Biloxi, outlining how the state will spend money from the federal RESTORE Act, which allocates 80 percent of the penalties from the 2010 BP Deepwater ...

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A Gulfport hospital is saving hundreds of endangered turtles

Imagine swallowing a hook with a large weight attached to it. Imagine spending months with that hook inside you while you try to carry on with your life. That happens to sea turtles on a regular basis when they take a fisherman’s bait. Lucky for them, there is someone here to help. Located on the industrial Canal in Gulfport, the ...

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Entergy Mississippi, Recurrent Energy partner on Sunflower County solar site

The sunlight that fuels cotton, corn and soybean growth in the Mississippi Delta will soon fuel a 100-megawatt solar energy farm. This project will be the largest utility-owned solar farm in the state, pending approval of the Mississippi Public Service Commission. The project will be built by Canadian Solar Inc. (“Canadian Solar”) (NASDAQ: CSIQ) subsidiary Recurrent Energy, LLC (“Recurrent Energy”) ...

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First new oil wells in years being drilled in shale region

An Australian company is drilling new wells in an oil formation that straddles southwest Mississippi and southeast Louisiana, the first new wells drilled in about three years, after a crash in oil prices dried up activity. Australis Oil & Gas Ltd. announced earlier this month that it had started drilling the first of at least six planned wells near Gillsburg, ...

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Official: Stranded dolphins may be related to hurricane

An official with the nonprofit Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Mississippi says the stranding of rare dolphins on the Gulf Coast may be related to Hurricane Michael. IMMS director Moby Solangi tells The Sun Herald of Biloxi that a stranded pantropical spotted dolphin was brought to the center in critical condition Tuesday night. It was found near Theodore, Alabama. ...

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Mississippi timber site removed from EPA Superfund list

A Mississippi timber site the U.S. Environmental Protection Service targeted for cleanup nearly two decades ago has been removed from the agency’s Superfund list. The Hattiesburg American reports Davis Timber Co. in Lamar County was targeted for cleanup because of groundwater, soil and sediment contamination by the facility. The 30-acre site was just one of 18 sites deleted Wednesday from ...

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