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Road project to four-lane connection between auto plants in Mississippi, Alabama

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal An 8.3-mile, four-lane divided arterial highway will help link the Toyota Mississippi plant in Blue Springs and the Toyota-Mazda plant under construction in Huntsville, Alabama. The $52.4 million project was announced by Mississippi’s two Republican U.S. Senators, Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith, and GOP 1st District Congressman Trent Kelly. The U.S. Department of Transportation ...

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Opening another door: Gina’s Place a new beginning for owner

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal GUNTOWN • After being laid off from a job she had for 32 years, Gina Buse was looking for something else to do. As it turns out, her long-held desire to open up a small eatery became a reality. Last Thursday, Buse opened Gina’s Place in Guntown, in a small strip plaza on Highway ...

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Mississippi judge rules animal cruelty raid unconstitutional

A judge in Mississippi has ruled sheriff’s officials acted unconstitutionally by removing five household pets from a home containing more than 100 animals. The U.S. Humane Society said in a release last year the Jones County Sheriff’s Office seized 55 dogs and 34 cats from David and Mary Ellen Senne’s property during an animal cruelty call. Among them were five ...

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Assistant tax collector put on leave days after arrest

An assistant tax collector indicted on four counts of submitting false statements to defraud the government has been placed on administrative leave. News outlets report Harrison County Tax Collector David LaRosa says 53-year-old Denise Renee Gill had her last day at work Wednesday. The Sun Herald reports Gill was arrested July 15 and briefly returned to work at the tax ...

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Mississippi sales tax holiday begins, includes school items

Mississippi’s annual sales tax holiday starts Friday and runs through midnight Saturday. For the first time, in addition to clothing, the state won’t be charging its 7% sales tax on school supplies. That includes backpacks, lunchboxes, calculators and textbooks in addition to pencils, pens, paper, scissors and crayons. Like with clothing and footwear that were previously part of the holiday ...

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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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