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Baker Donelson merges with Texas law firm

JACKSON — Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, has merged with the Houston law firm of Spain Chambers, marking Baker Donelson’s entry into Texas. The merger of Spain Chambers into Baker Donelson brings the firm’s total number of attorneys and advisors to nearly 620 across 17 offices in six states and Washington, D.C. The firm will maintain the name ...

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Researchers looking harder at white shrimp

GULF OF MEXICO — Mississippi Department of Marine Resources workers are sampling white shrimp deeper into coastal bays and estuaries than ever before, to see what remains in those nurseries, officials say. They’re hoping to answer questions from shrimpers who say the Mississippi Sound catch has plummeted, Joe Jewell, deputy director of the Office of Marine Fisheries, told the Mississippi ...

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Health Department cites dozens of water providers

NORTHEAST MISSISSIPPI — The state health department found roughly one in seven Northeast Mississippi water providers in violation of regulations last year, for everything from contamination to monitoring failures. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports 26 of the 182 providers were cited — 19 of them once, and seven two, three or four times each. Some provide water in more ...

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Highway-widening project being completed early

EAST MISSISSIPPI — Widening of Mississippi Highway 19 from two to four lanes is being completed four months ahead of schedule, state officials said. The Meridian Star reports officials of the Mississippi Department of Transportation plan ceremonies Wednesday in the House community to mark completion of the project. The highway was widened from the Lauderdale County line to just north ...

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State's unemployment rate continues to rise

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate continues to rise, reaching 10.6 percent in September. That is according to a report from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bureau said unemployment in the state worsened from 10.4 percent in August and from 10.1 percent in September 2010. In neighboring Louisiana unemployment stood at 6.9 percent in September, down from 7.2 ...

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Economist: Health, education key to growth

JACKSON — For long-term economic gain, Mississippi needs a culture change that encourages people to put greater value on their own health and education, according to state economist Darrin Webb. He spoke in Jackson at the annual conference of the Mississippi Economic Policy Center, a group that advocates public policies to help people with low or moderate incomes. Webb said ...

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State's casinos saw decreased winnings in September

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — September was a down month at Coast casinos. The year started with slow but steady growth. Revenue increased in five of the first seven months, and despite slipping in August and September, remains $5.8 million ahead of last year’s pace. August’s $10 million drop in gross casino revenue was followed by a $6 million decrease in September ...

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Barbour wants Revenue to move from Clinton

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour is pushing for the state Department of Revenue to move from Clinton to downtown Jackson. In a recent letter to lawmakers, Barbour said moving the department to Jackson’s Landmark Center would save money and help support the capital city. According to The Clarion-Ledger, Barbour’s letter cites a building vacancy rate in Jackson of 27 percent ...

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Pumpkins mean people

Novice pumpkin grower Ashley Belknap has sold more than 200 pumpkins this year in her north Jackson front yard — some of them with a unique blue color. Belknap said she really “met the neighborhood” through her pumpkin stand as people from all over Jackson turned out to buy yellow, green, white, blue and traditional orange pumpkins and gourds. Belknap ...

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