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Mississippi River bridge closed to traffic

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(photo by David Day)

Officials have informed the Vicksburg Daily News that all traffic on the Mississippi River bridge will be suspended Sunday, Sept. 20, for about four hours, from 3 p.m. until approximately 7 p.m.

The closure is to allow crews to repair damage resulting from the wreck that occurred Sunday morning.

Directional signs are held up with two support beams.

One of the beams was knocked completely off by the car hauler pictured.

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

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Mississippi joins lawsuit against Google for allegedly violating antitrust laws

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Mississippi has joined the U.S. Department of Justice and 10 other states in suing tech giant Google for allegedly violating antitrust laws, Attorney General Lynn Fitch announced Tuesday.

The Department of Justice and 11 state attorneys general filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to prevent Google from unlawfully maintaining monopolies through anticompetitive and exclusionary practices in the search and search advertising markets.

“When companies engage in fierce marketplace innovation, consumers benefit,” Fitch said in a statement. “But Google crossed the line and engaged in the kind of monopolistic behaviors that do harm not only to individual consumers, but also to the market itself. We bring this suit to promote competition by making room for others to grow.”

Google is the gatekeeper to the internet for billions of users and countless advertisers worldwide. For years, Google has accounted for almost 90 percent of all search queries in the United States and has used anticompetitive tactics to maintain and extend its monopolies in search and search advertising, the suit claims.

As alleged in the complaint, Google has entered into a series of exclusionary agreements to lock up the primary avenues through which users access search engines, and thus the internet, by requiring that Google be set as the default or exclusive search engine on billions of mobile devices and computers worldwide. In particular, the complaint alleges that Google has unlawfully maintained monopolies in search and search advertising by:

  • Entering into exclusivity agreements that forbid preinstallation of any competing search service.
  • Entering into tying and other arrangements that force preinstallation of its search applications in prime locations on mobile devices and make them undeletable, regardless of consumer preference.
  • Entering into long-term agreements with Apple that require Google to be the default – and de facto exclusive – general search engine on Apple’s popular Safari browser and other Apple search tools.
  • Generally using monopoly profits to buy preferential treatment for its search engine on devices, web browsers, and other search access points, creating a continuous and self-reinforcing cycle of monopolization.

These and other anticompetitive practices harm competition and consumers, reducing the ability of innovative new companies to develop, compete, and discipline Google’s behavior.

The antitrust laws protect our free market economy and forbid monopolists from engaging in anticompetitive practices. They also empower the Mississippi attorney general as parens patriae (the power of the state to act as guardian for those who are unable to care for themselves) on behalf of Mississippi citizens to bring cases like this one to remedy violations and restore competition.

Decades ago, cases brought against Microsoft by the DOJ and a coalition of state AGs recognized that the antitrust laws forbid anticompetitive agreements by high-technology monopolists to require preinstalled default status, to shut off distribution channels to rivals, and to make software undeletable. The complaint alleges that Google is using similar agreements itself to maintain and extend its own dominance.

In addition to Mississippi, the attorneys general of Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, South Carolina and Texas joined the U.S. Department of Justice in the lawsuit.

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Vicksburg to accept award Thursday for Water Treatment Plant of the Year

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The American Water Works Association will present the City of Vicksburg with the 2020 Water Treatment Plant of the Year Award Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Vicksburg Water Plant (601 Haining Road) at 10 a.m.

This is the city’s second consecutive year to win this award, which cites overall water quality, plant improvements, energy efficiency and regulatory conformance as criteria for the selection.

“Having the best water treatment plant in the State of Mississippi for two years in a row is just one more reason why people should move to Vicksburg,” said Mayor George Flaggs Jr. in a statement last week when he announced the award.

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VIDEO: What to expect on Election Day in Warren County

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Sara Carlson Dionne, chairwoman of the Warren County Election Commission. (photo via video screen grab, video by Thomas Parker)

Sara Dionne, chairwoman of the Warren County Election Commission, spoke with Vicksburg Daily News Tuesday about the steps the commission is taking this year to ensure a safe election amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Dionne also took to Facebook to encourage voters to come out and cast their ballots on Nov. 3, offering a preview of the precautions implemented in this year’s polling procedures.

 

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