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State averages 3,000+ deer-vehicle accidents annually

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is reminding motorists it is that time of year again — time to watch out for white deer. “Deer movement increases during the fall, making it all the more important for motorists to drive defensively and stay alert, especially at dawn and dusk, to reduce the risk of striking a deer,” ...

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EPA says cleanup of former industrial site will take weeks

PURVIS — The cleanup at the former Davis Timber Co. site should be completed within weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency says. Just last week, workers were putting the final loads of clay over a 3.1-acre where contaminated dirt and water-bottom muck were moved, said Scott Martin, remedial project manager with the agency’s Region Four office in Atlanta. That will be ...

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Officials say I-269 will ease traffic, increase safety

DESOTO COUNTY — Mississippi transportation officials are touting the benefits of the Interstate 269 project. After all the segments are complete, I-269 will form a 30-mile bypass around Memphis through Tennessee and Mississippi and will connect to the existing I-69/I-55 corridor hub. The projected corridor eventually will stretch from Canada to Mexico. Mike Tagert, Mississippi’s Northern District transportation commissioner, tells ...

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SR 9 project incorporates a number of firsts

At first glance, the State Route 9 reconstruction underway in Northeast Mississippi is simply a road improvement project supporting the new Toyota automobile plant at Blue Springs. However, officials say the project is bigger than even Toyota. In fact, plans for the project were hatched before Toyota announced it was coming to Mississippi. The project is expected to not only ...

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Scrap metal thieves stealing bridge supports

CHICKASAW COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is seeking assistance from the public with any information concerning the removal of steel support “H” pilings from state and local bridges in Chickasaw County. The pilings provide support for the bridges.  The removal of any piling puts the motoring public at risk. It is vital that all piling remain in ...

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State getting first-of-its-kind emergency network

JACKSON — The State of Mississippi will begin work on the nation’s first statewide broadband long-term evolution network for public safety agencies. The state has contracted with Motorola Solutions Inc. for $56 million to create the network, which will provide high-speed broadband interoperability between city, county and state emergency responders. “This network by Motorola will allow our first responders to ...

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Catfish industry touts comments on inspections

WASHINGTON — Public comments and evidence submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture overwhelmingly support broad inspection and regulation of all commercial catfish species imported or grown for sale to consumers in the United States, according to the USDA website. Of the 280 comments posted on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) official comment site, 84 percent, or ...

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Simpson announces candidacy for attorney general

JACKSON — Mississippi Public Safety Commissioner Steve Simpson says his experience prepares him to be the state’s attorney general. The 52-year-old Simpson announced his candidacy today as a Republican. Democrat Jim Hood, who’s 48, is seeking a third term as attorney general. Hood was a district attorney in nNorth Mississippi before winning statewide office. Simpson worked six years as an ...

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