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Hattiesburg improvement projects for 2015

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg’s Department of Public Works closed 2014 with a flurry of projects across the city, and Director Larry Barnes doesn’t expect the pace to slow in 2015. Barnes tells The Hattiesburg American that Hattiesburg will look like a cleaner city and a more attractive city. Barns says one of the largest projects on his department’s plate will be the operation and expansion ...

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Tupelo plans city-wide events celebrate Elvis birthday

TUPELO — On Thursday, Tupelo launches a birthday celebration fit for the king of rock and roll. Seven organizations will participate in a city-wide event schedule, culminating with an Elvis Presley-themed concert from the North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and Richard Marx. The Elvis Presley Birthplace will host their annual birthday party Thursday. There will be a sing-along version of the film “Jailhouse ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: MDOC controversy reveals contract procurement weaknesses

The Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) controversy has exposed weaknesses in the state’s contract procurement processes. With regard to MDOC, the legislature exempted many contracts from competitive procurement, cracking open the door for abuse.   Allegations have surfaced that even competitive bids can be manipulated. Vendors allege being directed to bid low to get contracts with promises they would be ...

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Cantel Medical acquires Ridgeland's Pure Water Solutions, Inc.

Cantel Medical Corp. (NYSE: CMN) has announced that it acquired the assets of Pure Water Solutions, Inc. for a purchase price of $11.9 million in cash consideration.  Headquartered in Ridgeland, Pure Water Solutions provides water purification and treatment services for commercial and industrial, laboratory and medical customers out of eight regional offices throughout the Southeastern United States.  The company had pre-acquisition unaudited revenues and ...

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Brothers retire after long careers with Corps

VICKSBURG — Brothers Bobby and Billy Stokes have a combined total of 80 years of service with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg. Now, the two Vicksburg natives are retiring. WLBT-TV reports that the Stokes brothers are retiring from the River Operations Branch of the Corps’ Vicksburg district. Bobby Stokes first worked with the Corps as a tying ...

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Division over Warren-Vicksburg consolidation idea

VICKSBURG — Officials in Vicksburg and Warren County are divided over whether the city and county governments should be consolidated. The Vicksburg Post reports that 74 percent of people attending a planning forum in October said they would support a unified county-city government. But some officials, including Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs Jr. say they are against consolidation. “What purpose would ...

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Mississippi groups attack carbon dioxide limits, say unreasonable

JACKSON — Mississippi regulators and utilities are savaging the federal government’s proposal to force Mississippi power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions. In comments filed in December, leaders of utilities, state agencies and business groups called the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan illegal, infeasible and economically unbearable. The EPA announced specific targets for all the states in June, ...

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Ole Miss defense faces vaunted TCU offense in Peach Bowl

No. 6 TCU (11-1) vs. No. 9 OLE MISS (9-3), 11:30 a.m. CST (ESPN) Line: TCU by 3½ Payout: $3,967,500 (ACC) $2,932,500 (SEC) Series Record: Ole Miss leads 5-1 WHAT’S AT STAKE TCU will look for its fifth win against a ranked opponent, including its third against a top 10 team. The Horned Frogs want to make a point after getting left ...

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Mississippi State gears up for Ramblin' Wreck in Orange Bowl

No. 10 Georgia Tech (10-3, 6-2 ACC) vs. No. 8 Mississippi State (10-2, 6-2 SEC), Wednesday 7 p.m. CST (ESPN) Line: Mississippi State by 7 Payout: $18 million Series Record: Georgia Tech leads 4-0 WHAT’S AT STAKE Mississippi State is looking for the first 11-win season in school history, a major rallying cry for the team that spent much of the ...

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Presley running again for Miss. utility commission

JACKSON — Democrat Brandon Presley says he’s seeking a third term on the Mississippi Public Service Commission. The 37-year-old says people from across the political spectrum encouraged him to run for governor or other offices in 2015. But he says he wants to serve another four years as the northern district member of the utility regulation board. Presley was elected ...

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