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Pickering to seek another term as state auditor

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has officially qualified to run for re-election as state auditor. Pickering made the announcement during a press conference held today at Mississippi Republican Party headquarters in Jackson. Pickering was elected as Mississippi’s 41st state auditor in 2007. A seventh generation Mississippian, Pickering currently serves on the Domestic Working Group for the Office of the ...

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Hancock Fabrics, Aggers parting ways

BALDWIN — Hancock Fabrics Inc. has decided to not renew the employment agreement with the company’s president and CEO Jane F. Aggers. Her employment with the company will terminate effective Jan. 28. She will also resign from the board effective with her departure. Board member Steven R. Morgan will serve as interim president and CEO while a committee of the ...

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Deadline nearing for SBA-backed oil spill loans

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — The Small Business Administration is reminding Mississippi businesses that the deadline for applying for SBA-backed oil spill recovery loans is Feb. 14. Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta, said, “Currently, we have approved loans totaling $36.468 million for businesses throughout the Gulf Coast region that were affected by the oil spill.” Through ...

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FDA sends warning to retailers about tobacco sales

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing its first warning letters to retailers for the illegal sale of tobacco products to minors in violation of the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (Tobacco Control Act). Using state inspectors who have been commissioned by the agency, the FDA visited 493 different retail establishments in Mississippi ...

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Cochran not changing security following shooting

WASHINGTON — In the wake of the shooting in Arizona that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says he is not requesting additional security, at least not yet. In a statement, Cochran said, “I am deeply saddened by the violence that struck Rep. Giffords, her staff and constituents. My prayers are with all the victims and their families. ...

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If measured by $ to Iowa candidates, Barbour running for pres

By Amy McCullough In the most recent issue of WORLD magazine, columnist Mindy Belz cites information from the Des Moines Register that could indicate a Haley Barbour run for president is very likely. In addition to visiting Iowa, “Another measure of presidential interest is which of these prospective candidates contributed to Iowa candidates in 2010 mid-term elections via their own ...

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Eurocopter wins contract to build more Army helicopters

COLUMBUS — American Eurocopter Corp. has a won contract to build 12 more UH-72A light utility Lakota helicopters for the U.S. Army. Work will be done at the Columbus plant. Officials told The Commercial Dispatch that the order is the second phase of a $169-million contract for 32 Lakotas. Eurocopter anticipates an additional order of up to 12 helicopters this ...

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Woman gets jail time for Katrina-related fraud

STONE COUNTY — A Mississippi woman who made false claims for Hurricane Katrina disaster payments has been sentenced to six months in prison. Brandy Meadows, of Stone County, also was ordered last Thursday to help make $33,000 in restitution to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden ordered her to forfeit $26,200. Meadows pleaded guilty in October ...

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Feinberg returning to Coast as complaints grow

GULF COAST — The administrator of BP’s $20 billion oil spill claims fund returns to the Gulf Coast this week amid continued complaints that he’s not compensating victims enough and that payments are coming to slowly. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg will meet with residents in Mississippi and Louisiana today and Tuesday. Feinberg is in charge of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, ...

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Brown retiring as executive director of MDOT

NATCHEZ — Larry “Butch” Brown says he’ll retire as executive director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Brown has a news conference scheduled today in Jackson to make the announcement. He told The Natchez Democrat that he would leave the post at the end of June. Brown says his health is also a concern. He is battling prostate cancer for ...

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