Athletic store hosts grand opening
Specializing in running and soccer related products, Soccer Locker and City Runners will celebrate it’s Meridian store’s grand opening this morning at 10 a.m., provided by the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation.
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Couple settles with State Farm
State Farm Fire & Casualty Co. has paid $250,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a Biloxi couple over damage to their home from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed Monday in U.S. District Court documents or by the attorney for Thomas and Pamela McIntosh.
But Bloomington, Ill.-based State Farm said in a statement that the $250,000 paid to the McIntoshes was less than 25 percent of the what the couple had claimed as damages in their breach of contract lawsuit.
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First ships crawl up Mississippi after spill
Ships began crawling up the Mississippi River at New Orleans in a tightly controlled procession Friday, two days after a massive oil spill shut down a stretch of one of the nation’s most critical commercial arteries.
The pecking order was based on Coast Guard determination of the economic importance of the ships’ cargo, and the pace was slowed by a scrubbing process to remove oil from each hull. A ship carrying refinery-bound oil was the first to get the go-ahead.
With more than 200 ships to be cleared, it was expected to take days to clear the backlog that developed after the tanker Tintomara collided with a barge in the early morning hours Wednesday. About 419,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled from the barge into the Mississippi at New Orleans.
The shutdown of a 100-mile stretch of river to the Gulf of Mexico halted vessels ranging from oil supertankers to grain barges in one of the world’s busiest ports. Gary LaGrange, executive director of the Port of New Orleans, said a recent economic impact study conducted by the port showed that such a total shutdown could cost the national economy up to $275 million per day.
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