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Feds: Royalty exemption for new shallow-water Gulf wells

The federal agencies that make and enforce offshore oil and gas leases say they’ll encourage new wells in shallow Gulf of Mexico waters by allowing some reduced-royalty or even royalty-free production if owners can prove they need it. Some $20 billion worth of oil and gas may go untapped without changes described in a report issued Tuesday, according to the ...

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Earthquake rattles Mississippi at 2.3 magnitude

A 2.3-magnitude earthquake rattled northern Mississippi. The Sun Herald reports the 8-mile deep earthquake hit just east of Booneville, near the Tennessee state line, at about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, more than a dozen people reported feeling the quake as far away as about 234 miles in Kentucky. The USGS says earthquakes are rare in Mississippi and ...

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Salad product recall over E. coli bacteria impacts 22 states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says thousands of pounds of salad products are being recalled due to a possible E. coli contamination. The department says Missa Bay, LLC from Swedesboro, New Jersey, is recalling more than 75,000 pounds (34,020 kilograms) of salad products that contain meat or poultry because the lettuce may be contaminated with a strain of E. coli. ...

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2 doctors plead guilty in health care fraud case

Two doctors have pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit health care fraud. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst, in a news release, said 37-year-old Dr. Shahjahan Sultan, of Madison, Mississippi, and 56-year-old Dr. Thomas Edward Sturdavant, of Kingsport, Tennessee, entered their pleas Thursday before Senior U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett of Hattiesburg. Hurst says Sultan contracted with a pharmacy in Jackson County ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — You only thought no man was above the law

The use of that misleading axiom “no man is above the law” should be restricted to political rallies and bars. Our Orwellian laws make some men (and women) more equal than others. The aspirational maxim may conjure an image of a blindfolded, toga-clad Lady Justice, holding antiquated scales in her right hand and a quick sword in her left.  That ...

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SIGN OF SHIFT: $35 million Canton apartment complex under construction in Madison county

By JACK WEATHERLY If one assumes that proximity to the Nissan plant with its 6,500 workers explains the $35 million, 600-unit apartment complex under construction, one would be wrong. Not so, says Hugh Jarratt, staff attorney for the management arm of Lindsey Construction Co. of Fayetteville, Ark. “The bulk of the renters will not be Nissan employees,” Jarratt said of ...

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Carothers selected to National Property Management Council

Chamberlan Carothers, CCIM, CPM of SVN | Southgate Realty, LLC was selected as the Chair of the National Property Management Team for SVN® beginning in January. Product council chairs are nominated by SVN Advisors, Managing Directors, the SVN Franchise Advisory Board and SVNIC staff. The Executive Committee of SVNIC is responsible for final selection of the Chair(s) and/or Co-Chair(s). The ...

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Hattiesburg Clinic hires Ahmad Yehva

Ahmad Yehya, MD, joined Hattiesburg Clinic Endocrinology. Yehya provides care for people with endocrine disorders, particularly diabetes and metabolic diseases. He also has special interests in weight management, thyroid biopsy, thyroid cancer and osteoporosis. Yehya received his medical degree from American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon. He completed an internal medicine internship and residency at the University of Kansas ...

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Bowman assumes role as Cooperative Energy CEO

Cooperative Energy’s Board of Directors in May named Jeff Bowman as president, and the successor to long-time president and CEO Jim Compton, who is now President Emeritus. Bowman, 48, becomes only the fourth CEO in the company’s history. Cooperative Energy is a not-for-profit, Member-owned generation and transmission cooperative that provides electricity to 55 counties throughout western and southern Mississippi. Bowman ...

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Lt. Gov.-Elect Hosemann names two former staffers to transition team

Lieutenant Governor-elect Delbert Hosemann named two former Secretary of State staffers to his transition team. Nathan Upchurch, who most recently served as the Agency’s Chief of Staff, will serve as Transition Director. Leah Rupp Smith, former Director of Communications, will serve as Deputy Transition Director. Hosemann, currently serving as Secretary of State, garnered more than 60 percent of the vote ...

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