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OSHA reacts to GAO report

WASHINGTON — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced it would address problems identified in its Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) in response to a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, “OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Programs: Improved Oversight and Controls Would Better Ensure Program Quality.” The report recommends improved oversight and additional controls to ensure participating companies maintain effective workplace safety ...

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Central Access enters agreement with SAS

RIDGELAND — SAS’ Education Practice has entered into an ambassador agreement with Ridgeland-based Central Access Corporation to support improved information resources for K-12 administrators, while enhancing marketing and development opportunities for both companies. Terms were not disclosed. Central Access, which has served the state’s schools for more than 50 years, focuses on technology systems supporting school finances and student information. ...

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State's personal income rises

WASHINGTON — U.S. personal income continued to decline in the first quarter of 2009, falling 0.5 percent and encompassing 37 states, according to estimates released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. However, Mississippi and most of the Southeast, including Mississippi, saw a rise. In the fourth quarter of 2008, U.S. personal income fell 0.4 percent. The declines in U.S. ...

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Unemployment claims increase

WASHINGTON — In the week ending June 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 608,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week’s revised figure. The four-week moving average was 615,750, a decrease of 7,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 5 percent for the week ending June ...

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Workshop to look at coastal development

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The workshop “Wetlands and Water Quality: Regulating Construction Impacts in Coastal Areas” will be offered in three locations on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in August. The event will be held Aug. 4 at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Estuarine Education Center in Gautier, Aug. 5 at the Gulf Park campus of the University of Southern Mississippi ...

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FEMA trailers on auction block

FEMA is auctioning off its temporary housing inventory that housed victims of hurricanes of Katrina and Rita. These units are being sold online through General Services Administration at www.gsaauctions.gov. Anyone interested in purchasing a unit may place bids on www.gsaauctions.gov. Inquiries may be made to Chris Davis at (601) 744-0511. The units are being held in Purvis.

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CARA running out of money

JACKSON — The Community Animal Rescue & Adoption Inc. (CARA) shelter in Jackson reports it is filled to the brim with unwanted, abused and stray dogs and cats. The no-kill animal shelter said money is running out, and if the metro Jackson community does not step forward to help, the shelter’s doors will close very shortly. “No one wants to see ...

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Poultry industry tops in nation

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — U.S. Representative Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) joined the Mississippi Poultry Association to announce that Mississippi’s Third Congressional District leads the nation in poultry production, according to recently released data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2007 Census of Agriculture. The Third Congressional District, stretching from Woodville to Starkville, includes the bulk of the state’s poultry producing areas generating ...

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IS6 gives underground view

HANCOCK COUNTY — It has been reported that more than 100 tunnels on the Mexican border have been discovered by U.S. law enforcement, compared with just 15 in the 1990s, and the pace is accelerating. But now there is new technology that promises to locate drug smugglers and terrorists in underground tunnels and caves where they hide. The INSITE VI ...

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MUW summer enrollment increases

COLUMBUS — Summer enrollment at Mississippi University for Women (MUW) is up by 13.76 percent. As of June 12, a total of 1,116 students were enrolled, up 135 students from the same time last year. “We are excited about this enrollment news,” said MUW president Claudia Limbert. Dr. Bucky Wesley, vice president for student services, added that the success is ...

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