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State records fifth death from West Nile virus

MADISON COUNTY — A fifth victim of West Nile virus has died in Mississippi. The Mississippi State Department of Health said someone who had earlier been infected in Madison County has died, bringing the state’s 2012 death total to five. The state also reported 14 new cases Monday, pushing the year’s total to 200. That’s the largest number of cases ...

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State's West Nile virus cases hit 186; four deaths

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The state Department of Health is reporting 17 new human cases of West Nile virus, bringing the total to 186 cases and four deaths. In 2011, Mississippi had 52 West Nile virus cases and five deaths. The health department only reports laboratory-confirmed cases to the public. The Clarion-Ledger reports the new cases were reported in Adams (1), ...

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Hearing set for man charged with murder after illegal buttocks implant

JACKSON — A preliminary hearing is scheduled today for a Mississippi man charged with depraved-heart murder after performing an illegal buttocks implant that killed a Georgia woman. Morris Garner, who has had gender-changing surgeries and goes by the name Tracey Lynn Garner, is charged with doing the procedure in March at a house in Jackson. The hearing was set for ...

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Analysis: Nearly all tar balls in Alabama from BP spill

GULF COAST — A new chemical analysis shows that virtually all the tar balls now washing on to the Alabama coast are directly linked to the BP oil spill more than two years ago. The report by Auburn University says that tar balls caused by the spill are hundreds to thousands of times more common than another type of asphalt-like ...

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Commercial fishing catch up to pre-oil spill level

GULF OF MEXICO — Fishing boats in the Gulf of Mexico hauled in more menhaden and other species last year compared with 2010, when millions of gallons of oil spewed from a blown well, according to a federal fisheries report. But it’s too early to rule out any long-term effects from the spill, said Roy Crabtree, southeast regional administrator for ...

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BP agrees to relax requirements for oil spill claims

GULF COAST — BP has agreed to relax several documentation requirements regarding the submission of claims filed after the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Plaintiffs’ attorney Steve Herman and Jim Roy said in a statement the changes will speed the processing of claims and “get the people and businesses of the Gulf paid quicker.” The attorneys say ...

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OSHA fines Omega for violations found after worker's death

MOSS POINT — A federal safety agency has proposed fines of $79,200 for Omega Protein Inc. for 25 safety and health violations found after the death of a worker who got caught in a rotating screw conveyor. The Sun Herald reports the Occupational Safety and Health Administration released its findings yesterday from an inspection in April after 24-year-old Christopher Hebert ...

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New West Nile virus cases bring state total to 169

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health is reporting 29 new human cases of the West Nile virus. The new cases were reported in Adams (2), Claiborne (1), Harrison (1), Hinds (5), Humphreys (1), Jackson (1), Jefferson Davis (1), Lamar (1), Lauderdale (1), Madison (5), Perry (1), Rankin (6), Sunflower (1), Warren (1), and Yazoo (1) counties, bringing ...

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Officials: This will probably be worst year ever for West Nile

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Health officials say they’re convinced this will be the worst year for West Nile virus deaths and severe illnesses since the disease hit America’s shores in 1999. So far, 1,405 serious illnesses and 118 deaths from West Nile have been reported across the country. The bulk is in Texas but Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Michigan ...

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BP wants to dig up beaches to remove old oil from spill

GULF OF MEXICO — BP PLC says it wants to aggressively clean up buried oil exposed on Louisiana’s beaches by Hurricane Isaac’s churning waves. The company said it has asked for permission to dig deep into beaches and remove oil buried since a BP well blew out on April 20, 2010, leading to the nation’s largest offshore spill and killing ...

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