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Slain Ole Miss student recalled as a ‘beautiful soul’

Friends of a slain University of Mississippi student say she was “beautiful soul” with a positive attitude during a vigil outside her former high school in suburban St. Louis. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that nearly 100 people gathered Thursday outside Lindbergh High School where they passed around a microphone to share memories of Alexandria “Ally” Kostial. Friend Casey Hendrickson ...

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DA: Ole Miss slaying case to be sent to grand jury

Authorities say the case of a slain University of Mississippi student will be turned over to a grand jury. District Attorney Ben Creekmore told WREG-TV on Thursday that a motion has also been filed to withhold bail for the man charged in the case. Classmate Brandon A. Theesfeld, of Texas, is charged with murder in the death of 21-year-old Alexandria ...

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Photo of armed students at Emmett Till sign is investigated

A photograph of three University of Mississippi students posing with guns beside a bullet-pocked and oft-vandalized historic marker to lynching victim Emmett Till has sparked a possible federal investigation and suspensions of the three by their fraternity. The Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting first published a story about it Thursday, saying the image had circulated on the men’s social media ...

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NASA engine test for Space Launch System to be in Mississippi

NASA says it will conduct the “Green Run” rocket testing campaign for the new Space Launch System rocket at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. Officials say when completed, the SLS will be “the world’s most powerful rocket” and is the linchpin within NASA’s Artemis deep space exploration program, which hopes to bring American astronauts back to the moon by 2024.

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Citizens Bank reports drop in net income for second quarter

MBJ staff Citizens Holding Co. reported net income of $1.37 million, or 28 cents per share, for the three months ending June 30. That is a decrease of $318,000 from a net income of $1.69 million, or 35 cents per share for the year-earlier quarter.  Total assets as of June 30 increased to $1.03 billion, up $75.4 million, or 7.9 ...

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First Bancshares to acquire Florida bank in $85 million deal

MBJ staff The First Bancshares Inc., the Hattiesburg-based holding company for The First, announced this week an agreement to acquire First Florida Bancorp, Inc., parent company of First Florida Bank, in a cash and shares swap deal worth $85 million. First Florida had approximately $451 million in consolidated assets, $255 million in loans, $387million in deposits and $48 million in ...

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Cotton House hotel opens in Cleveland

By JACK WEATHERLY The Cotton House will hum and speak the language of the South on this, the first, weekend for the luxury hotel in downtown Cleveland. The Mississippi Writers Guild will hold a conference at the Grammy Museum Mississippi, one of several groups that will draw people to Cleveland with its 95-guestroom hotel. That will give the hotel a ...

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Children’s Clinic in Hattiesburg expands services, staff

Children’s Clinic, a satellite location of Hattiesburg Clinic, is now offering walk-in immediate care appointments with the addition of two new providers. Savannah B.C. Murray, CNP, and Felicia S. Stewart, CNP, joined Children’s Clinic, where they provide immediate care services for infants, children and adolescents. Murray has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Alcorn State University in Lorman, and ...

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Memorial Hospital at Gulfport Honors Nurse

Memorial Hospital at Gulfport has named Colin Steenkamp, RN, ICU, as a DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses honoree for the compassion and skill he displayed to his patient Michael (Mick) Petras. Steenkamp was nominated by Petras’s wife, Diane. Pictured, from left, are Melissa D. Steenkamp, NP, Cardiology Physicians; Colin Steenkamp; Diane Petras and granddaughter Stefanie Matthews. (Courtesy of Memorial Hospital)

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