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MDOT planning extra lanes for Coast highway

JACKSON COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation is in the initial stages of a planned widening of U.S. Highway 90 to six lanes from Ocean Springs to Gautier. MDOT engineer Kelly Castleberry told The Mississippi Press surveyors have begun surveying the roughly 11 mile stretch of U.S. 90 — the only area of U.S. 90 not already six lanes. ...

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State awards county grant for KiOR site work

NATCHEZ — Adams County has received $3.9 million in grants from the state for work on a levee and new water system on the former Belwood County Club property, the future site of KiOR’s Natchez alternative fuel production facility. The Natchez Democrat reports the county initially had sought to borrow the money to partially finance the work. When the Mississippi ...

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January unemployment jumped more than half-percent

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment jumped to 9.3 percent in January, wiping out almost a year’s worth of job gains. The state’s unemployment rate was 8.6 percent in December and 10 percent rate in January 2012. The number of people who reported having a job fell even as the state’s labor force shrank. Mississippi reported 141,000 unemployed people in December, ...

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Law requiring campaign finance reports often ignored

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — City clerks are required to collect campaign finance reports during local elections throughout Mississippi and deliver that information to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann’s office, but Hosemann said he only receives the information sporadically. The law is designed to create greater transparency in local elections, making it possible to see where a candidate for mayor or alderman ...

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MDEQ lifts two more Coast beach advisories

BAY ST. LOUIS and OCEAN SPRINGS — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted two water contact advisories for Gulf Coast beaches. They are: • Station 4 — Bay St. Louis, from the box culvert to Ballantine Street • Station 14 — Front Beach, from Yacht Club to Jackson Avenue in Ocean Springs. ...

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MDEQ lifts three beach advisories, issues new one

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted several Gulf Coast beach water contact advisories. The advisories were lifted for: • Station 1 — Lakeshore, which extends from the Sliver Slipper Casino east to the jetty west of Poinset Avenue • Station 2 — Buccaneer State Park • Station 15 ...

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Regulators give nod to new liquor store hours

CORINTH — Corinth’s request for two changes in the hours for the local sale of liquor has been approved by Mississippi regulators. The Daily Corinthian reports the Alcoholic Beverage Control agency recently approved package stores to have hours of 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, rather than the state regulation of 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The ABC ...

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MDEQ lifts one Gulf Coast beach advisory

GULFPORT — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, has lifted one water contact advisory issued March 1. The advisory has been lifted for Station 10-Gulfport Central, which extends from Alfonso Drive east to the old VA entrance. Water samples at this station show the area has attained acceptable bacteria levels. A list of stations ...

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enHance lands nine new members, three renewals

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has accepted nine new members and three renewing members into its enHance program. enHance is a voluntary stewardship program that recognizes committed environmental leaders who accomplish goals beyond their legal requirements. enHance is open to facilities, cities, counties, and other entities who are interested in the program, and applicants can ...

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Grant awarded for storm cleanup; more counties eligible for aid

SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI  — The U.S. Department of Labor says it’s giving a $2-million grant to assist Mississippi with cleanup and recovery efforts from recent storms, tornadoes and flooding. The funds are being awarded to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security to create temporary jobs that support storm recovery efforts. In the aftermath of storms that hit Mississippi in February, the ...

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