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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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Company to pay $3.5M after Mississippi, Alabama oil spills

An oil company has agreed to pay federal and Mississippi regulators $3.5 million in penalties and do more to prevent oil spills under a legal settlement filed last week. Federal and state regulators sued Denbury Resources of Plano, Texas, on Thursday, and filed a proposed consent decree at the same time. Members of the public have 30 days to comment ...

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ROSS REILY: EPA should have historical background of Delta

If you first listen to environmentalists and the Environmental Protection Agency as to why they are opposed to the Yazoo Backwater project, they make a pretty compelling argument. The EPA has said the project would have incurred “unacceptable damage to these valuable resources that are used for wildlife, economic and recreational purposes.” In an interview I did with a representative ...

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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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