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Lack of Rain Hurting Farmers

Updated: 05/22/2007 - East Mississippi and west Alabama are both in an extreme drought. If it continues, the lack of rain is going to have a major impact on area farming.

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Gubernatorial Campaign Web Site Controversial

Posted: 05/22/2007 - As statewide elections approach, candidates sometimes turn to creative and controversial tactics to win support from voters and take a jab at their opponents. Some supporters of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour are finding they've been tricked into going to the Web site of his expected Democratic challenger.

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County Supervisors Enact Burn Ban

Updated: 05/22/2007 - Lauderdale County has reinstated a burn ban, due to continuing dry conditions making outdoor burning hazardous. Other communities have done so as well.

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Drivers Train for the Road

Posted: 05/22/2007 - Operators of large vehicles used by United Blood Services are training for the job at Meridian Community College's Truck Driving School.

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New USM President at Work

Posted: 05/22/2007 - The new president at the University of Southern Mississippi, Martha Dunagin Saunders, met with student leaders Monday.

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National Seat Belt Campaign Starts

Posted: 05/21/2007 - With the Memorial Day holiday only a week away, the annual "Click It or Ticket" campaign for seat belt safety began Monday.

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Bryant Opposes Amnesty for Illegals

Posted: 05/21/2007 - Mississippi state auditor, Phil Bryant, says he supports securing the Mexican border, because this state has the fastest growing illegal population, per capita, in the country.

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School Districts Providing Pre-K Program

Posted: 05/21/2007 - While Mississippi lacks a state-supported pre-kindergarten program, the Southern Education Foundation finds it is leading the nation in pre-K education.

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New Hurricane Season Starts June 1

Updated: 05/21/2007 - The start of the 2007 hurricane season is about a week and a half away. Local officials say they're prepared and the public should be, too.

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Melton Back in Court Over Libel Suit Damages

Updated: 05/21/2007 - The mayor of Jackson, Frank Melton, is back in court in Meridian. In October 2006, a jury was deadlocked in deliberating damages after a judge issued a default judgment finding him liable in a civil lawsuit.

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Opponents of New Casino Meet for Prayer

Posted: 05/21/2007 - Residents conducted a prayer vigil Sunday, in opposition to a Choctaw casino referendum set for Nov. 8 in Jackson County.

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Fatal Accident

Posted: 05/20/2007 - Two people did not survive a Sunday morning accident in Clarke County.

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Mississippi Gas Prices are Soaring

Updated: 05/21/2007 - Mississippi's representatives in Washington, D.C. are looking for alternatives to high gas prices.

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Singing Brakeman Hospitality

Updated: 05/21/2007 - The International Singing Brakeman Association hosted Hospitality Week in Meridian.

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Fatal Shooting

Updated: 05/20/2007 - The victim in Friday's fatal shooting has been identified.

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Hope VI Ribbon Cutting

Updated: 05/21/2007 - A long awaited ribbon cutting took place Saturday afternoon. The Meridian Housing Authority celebrated the completion of J.T. Davis Courts, part of the Hope VI Project.

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Police File Assault Charge

Updated: 05/18/2007 - Meridian police charged a local man with aggravated assault, in connection with a recent stabbing at a night club.

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Citizen Requests Guard Rail for Curve

Updated: 05/18/2007 - A Lauderdale County man has campaigned for a guard rail to be placed in a curve on a road he travels daily, to make it safer.

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Agencies Conduct Mock Emergency Drill

Updated: 05/18/2007 - Military personnel in Lauderdale County prepared for emergencies Friday, as part of a mass casualty training drill at NAS Meridian.

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Emergency Appeal Made for Blood

Posted: 05/18/2007 - Sometimes, urgent appeals by United Blood Services are for specific types of blood. But now, the agency says all types are badly needed to supply area hospitals.

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House Destroyed by Fire

Updated: 05/18/2007 - A house was destroyed by fire Friday afternoon. Officials say no one was living there.

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