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PHMSA approves pipeline's operation

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP’s, Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP, has completed remediation of the pipe anomalies on its East Texas and Southeast pipeline projects and has received authorization from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) to operate these pipelines at standard operating pressures. Rolf Gafvert, CEO of Boardwalk, said, “We have made significant progress on ...

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Mendez discusses trust fund

WASHINGTON — Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez told state highway officials July 28 what to expect if the highway trust fund falls short in the coming weeks during a “no surprises” discussion. “Unless we shore up the trust fund, we will have no other choice than to pay the states less frequently for road and bridge repairs,” Mendez said in ...

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MDWFP adopts new grant program

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has adopted the Youth Participation Initiative Grant Program. The grant program has been established to provide funding for the purpose of educating youth in the areas of hunting, fishing, conservation and safety. Under this program, state agencies, education institutions or non-profit organizations shall be eligible for funding. Interested parties are ...

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MississippiSiteSelction.com launches

JACKSON — The economic development team at Entergy Mississippi Inc. has launched a new web site that connects business leaders around the world to Mississippi communities. The URL is MississippiSiteSelection.com. The Mississippi Site Selection Center web site, under the direction of Entergy’s Teamwork Mississippi, serves as a one-stop shop for site selectors interested in what the state’s communities have to ...

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Advance Mississippi membership grows

JACKSON — Leading businesses and organizations from around the state continue to join Advance Mississippi to participate in the discussion about the state’s energy future. Advance Mississippi, a coalition committed to sound energy policy whose membership ranges from individuals to statewide business leaders, has gained several members since its launch in June of this year. “We are delighted to have ...

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Hood: Beware of CARS scams

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood is warning consumers of potential scams associated with the new federal incentive program CARS. The CAR Allowance Rebate System (CARS), also referred to as Cash for Clunkers, is a $1-billion federal government program designed to help consumers buy or lease a more environmentally-friendly vehicles from a participating dealer when they trade in a less ...

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SWRD&C gets USDA funding

BROOKHAVEN — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the selection of 145 recipients for more than $15.3 million in grants to start or expand businesses in rural communities. Through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding, businesses will be able to access to critical capital that will help with start-up and working capital loans, building and plant renovations, transportation improvements, project ...

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Small group of governors meet in Biloxi to discuss key issues

The spotlight was on Mississippi as the 101st National Governors Association summer conference was held in Biloxi. There were some notable, even surprising, absences among the governors.  NGA staff members and Gov. Haley Barbour’s office were hesitant to say how many governors attended. Some estimates were 19 and others were as low as 15. A few governors, including New Mexico ...

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More swine flu cases found

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports 26 new cases of H1N1 swine flu for last week, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 260. The new cases were in Coahoma (three), DeSoto (three), Hinds (three), Lauderdale (three), Harrison (two), Bolivar (one), Calhoun (one), Copiah (one), Franklin (one), Jasper (one), Lawrence (one), Lincoln (one), Neshoba ...

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