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About the Mississippi Poultry Association MPA is composed of six poultry and egg companies, about 100 allied company members who provide goods and services to poultry companies and growers, and 800 growers. About 45,000 people are employed directly and indirectly by the industry. There are 22 poultry plants in the state. Poultry is Mississippi’s largest agricultural industry, pumping an estimated $6 billion into the state’s economy. MPA was formed in 1937 as the Mississippi Poultry Improvement Association. The industry has grown from a few family-owned feed and seed stores who sold chickens and farmers who raised chickens, mostly sold locally during the Depression, into an integrated global industry with about 20 percent of production exported. Mississippi’s 3rd Congressional District leads the nation in poultry and egg production.  Most of the farms and processing plants are concentrated in a backwards L from Philadelphia to Laurel-Waynesboro and over to Brookhaven-McComb. About Mississippi Food Network Mississippi Food Network provides donated food and household items to more than 320 member agencies across the state.  With the current economy, the member agencies are serving more than 120,000 people each month.  We distribute more than 1.5 million of pounds each month to our member agencies, which are operating Emergency Food Pantries, Day Care Centers, Emergency Shelters, Group Homes, Soup Kitchens, Teen Centers, Alcohol and Drug Rehabs, Homeless Shelters and Senior Citizen Programs. To find out more about Mississippi Food Network, visit www.msfoodnet.org]]]]> ]]>

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Two killed and multiple injured in Friday’s six-vehicle crash on Interstate 20

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On Friday, Oct. 16, at around 8:40 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a six-vehicle crash on Interstate 20 eastbound west of the village of Delta.

This crash claimed the lives of two men and involved four commercial motor vehicles (18-wheelers) and two passenger vehicles.

Troopers have been working since yesterday evening to identify victims and determine the events of the crash with many factors remaining under investigation at this time.

Although the exact sequence of events in the crash remains under investigation, the preliminary findings revealed a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer were struck by at least one of the 18-wheelers involved.

The driver of the Silverado, identified as 36-year-old Jose Luis Venegas-Nuno of Dallas, TX, and the driver of the Trailblazer, whose name is being withheld pending notification, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

Four additional vehicle occupants from both the passenger vehicles and 18-wheelers were taken to local hospitals with moderate/severe injuries.

Interstate 20 eastbound was closed for approximately eight hours as investigators and vehicle recovery crews worked to clear the roadway. The crash investigation remains active and ongoing.

In 2020, Troop F has investigated 39 fatal crashes resulting in 42 deaths.

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Mangham police officer in critical condition; suspect in custody

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Officer Marshall Waters (courtesy of Mangham Police Department)

Mangham Police Officer Marshall Waters is in critical yet stable condition after being shot during a traffic stop Saturday afternoon.

At approximately 1 p.m., Waters executed a traffic stop heading southbound on LA 425 near the Franklin / Richland parish line. Officer Waters was shot by a subject who fled the scene of the stop southbound on US 425 into Franklin Parish.

Waters was transported to Franklin Medical Center for treatment and later transported to Rapides Hospital via helicopter.

At approximately 2:30 pm, the Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office was notified of a crashed vehicle on LA Highway 562 near Fort Necessity that matched the description of the subject’s vehicle.

The suspect, Hermandus Dashanski Semien, of Ville Platte, LA, was apprehended placed into custody by the Franklin Parish Sheriffs Office.

Hermandus Dashanski Semien (courtesy of Franklin Parish Sheriff’s Office).

Mangham Police Chief Perry Fleming expressed his gratitude on Facebook to all who have called, texted and prayed for Officer Marshall Waters and to the many responding officers who assisted.

Franklin Parish Sheriff Kevin Cobb also took to social media to thank the many law enforcement agencies responded and assisted in the ultimate apprehension of Semien and extended his thoughts and prayers to the Officer Waters, Chief Perry Fleming, Sheriff Gary Gilley and the law enforcement community of Richland Parish.

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Pedestrian struck by vehicle in Warren County

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A pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle in Warren County.

The collision occurred just before 7 p.m. Saturday on Highway 80 near Business Park Drive.

The victim was transported to Merit Health River Region with serious injuries.

Multiple State Troopers along with several Warren County Deputies responded to the crash, along with Vicksburg and Warren County Fire Fighters.

The Vicksburg Daily News will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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