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Miss. attorney general asks court to dismiss Google's suit

JACKSON — Mississippi’s attorney general says a suit against him by Google should be dismissed. In court papers filed Jan. 12, Democrat Jim Hood argues the Internet search giant’s assertion that it is protected by federal law fails to invalidate state laws under which he’s investigating, and that Google has jumped the gun because Hood doesn’t know what information his ...

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Ingalls announces $102,000 in Gulf Coast 'STEM' grants

PASCAGOULA — The Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries has awarded more than $102,000 in grants for science, technology, engineering and mathematics projects at 28 schools and educational organizations in Mississippi and Alabama. Over the last seven years, the defense contractor has awarded nearly $610,000 in such grants to area schools. The projects announced by Ingalls on Friday in ...

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Soap maker pays $50,000 fine for violating wastewater permit

OLIVE BRANCH — An Olive Branch soap maker is paying a $50,000 civil fine for failing to renew its wastewater permit on time and for increasing wastewater discharges. Marietta American agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The plant is a unit of hotel toiletries maker Marietta Corp. of Cortland, New York. A Dec. 9 ...

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Siemens paying fine for waste and emergency plan violations

COLUMBUS — A contractor for the Steel Dynamics mill in Columbus is paying a $61,867 civil fine for environmental violations relating to hazardous waste and emergency readiness. Siemens Industry Metal Technologies agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The unit of German industrial giant Siemens maintains steel casting equipment for Steel Dynamics. A Nov. 24 ...

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Judge tosses water association suit against state regulation

JACKSON — A federal judge has dismissed a suit that sought to stop the Mississippi Public Service Commission from regulating certain aspects of rural water associations and electric cooperatives. The Mississippi Rural Water Association sought to void a rule that requires a 60-day delay in utility deposits for domestic violence victims, claiming the commission overstepped its authority and conflicted with ...

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Singing River Health System sues KPMG: 'colossal' error

GULFPORT — Singing River Health System says it has sued its former accounting firm, KPMG LLP, accusing it of $88 million dollars in mistakes. Singing River said in a news release that the federal lawsuit accuses the national accounting firm of breach of contract, negligence and professional malpractice, the Sun Herald reported. “KPMG’s abject, egregious failures in auditing Singing River’s ...

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Weyerhaeuser pays $37K fine for air pollution over limits

COLUMBUS — Weyerhaeuser Co.’s Columbus pulp mill is paying a $37,500 civil fine for exceeding emissions limits during a 2013 test. Based in Federal Way, Washington, Weyerhaeuser agreed to pay the fine to the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. A Nov. 24 order published by the department says that Weyerhaeuser’s boiler exceeded limits for emitting fine particles. Kent Walker, the ...

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Miss. Board of Education quitting multistate test group

JACKSON — Mississippi is withdrawing from a multistate testing consortium as it prepares to seek new bids for state tests. The state Board of Education voted Friday to withdraw from the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for Colleges and Careers on Jan. 25. Mississippi had been a founding member of the group, which developed tests to assess learning under ...

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MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Colby Lane proves that being ready is a great trait

A common trait I have found in successful leaders is a commitment to preparation.  Benjamin Franklin noted, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”  On game day, well prepared athletes make it look easy.  However, we know that hours of hard work went into getting ready.  Legendary football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant explained, “It’s not the will to ...

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