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Viking recalls refrigerators

GREENWOOD — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports Viking Range Corporation has issued a voluntary recall of Viking Built-In Side-by-Side Refrigerator/Freezers and Refrigerators with Bottom Freezers. The refrigerators’ doors can detach, posing an injury hazard to consumers. Viking has received about 57 reports of doors detaching, including four reports of injuries involving bruises, broken toes/fingers and strains. Also, ...

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Road wins APA honor

JACKSON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has received a 2008 Perpetual Pavement award, bestowed by the Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA), in recognition of a 10.9-mile section of U.S. 90 in Jackson County. To qualify for this award, a pavement must be at least 35 years old and meet strict quality criteria. It must demonstrate the qualities expected ...

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Airline still cutting jobs

WASHINGTON — U.S. scheduled passenger airlines employed 5.5 percent fewer workers in April 2009 than in April 2008, the 10th consecutive decrease in full-time equivalent employee (FTE) levels for the scheduled passenger carriers from the same month of the previous year, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports. All the network airlines decreased employment from April 2008 to April 2009 as ...

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Construction material costs rise

WASHINGTON — After eight months of decline, prices of construction materials increased 0.5 percent in May 2009. However, prices are still down by 5.3 percent on a year-over-year basis. Construction materials trending higher include fabricated ferrous wire, up 0.5 percent, marking the first increase since October of last year. On a year-over-year basis, prices are up 0.1 percent. Prices for ...

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BoaterExam goes online

JACKSON — Mississippi is the latest state to launch the new BoaterExam interactive boater education course as an online option to obtain the Mississippi Boater Education Card. Now, Mississippi residents will have access to an animated and narrated course they can take online. This boating education course is approved by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA), recognized ...

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USM gets MDOT funding for new center

HATTIESBURG — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) has presented the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Construction and the Department of Economic and Workforce Development with a $50,000 grant to contribute to the development of a new transportation program. USM was recently approved by the State Board of Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) to develop and provide a ...

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Airlines, even Southwest, lose money

WASHINGTON — The seven network airlines, as a group, reported an operating loss margin of 4 percent in the first quarter of 2009, the sixth consecutive quarterly loss margin since the group reported a profit margin in the third quarter of 2007, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). BTS reports that five of the seven reporting network airlines, ...

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More swine flu cases identified

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports 19 new cases of H1N1 swine flu, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 77. The new cases, recorded the week of June 8-14, were in Forrest (seven), Madison (four), Harrison (three), Greene (two), Jackson (one), Lamar (one) and Perry (one) counties. Since MSDH began testing for H1N1 ...

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MDEQ awards assistance grants

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has awarded solid waste assistance grants to two cities and two counties. The City of Grenada received $25,000 that will be used for a local household hazardous waste collection project and to clean up unauthorized dump sites. The City of Water Valley received $15,000 that will be used for a ...

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Harrah's cleaning house with auction

TUNICA — Harrah’s Entertainment has retained Morris Auction Group of Memphis to conduct the Harrah’s Tunica Casino Surplus Auction. The live auction will be held June 20 at 10 a.m. at Harrah’s Convention Center. The auction is open to the public, and bidder’s registration will begin at 8 am. The auction will include new and used inventory from the gaming ...

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