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'Personhood' prop splits Mississippi religious leaders

Mississippi religious leaders are split on a “personhood” initiative on next Tuesday’s ballot. Initiative 26 would amend the state constitution to declare life begins at fertilization. The state’s largest religious group, the Mississippi Baptist Convention, supports the proposal, as does the Tupelo-based American Family Association. >> RELATED STORY: Barbour votes for Personhood amendment after all >> RELATED STORY: Op-Ed — ...

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Mississippians more optimistic about economy, researchers puzzled

STARKVILLE — Mississippians were more optimistic about the future of the economy than the nation as a whole in the third quarter of the year, but key economic indicators in the state were still lackluster. The latest Mississippi Index of Consumer Sentiment showed only a 0.1-point rise in confidence, taking the MSICS to a value of 76.6. This reading remains ...

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First M&F to close five branches, four in Mississippi

KOSCIUSCKO — First M&F Corp., the parent of Kosciusko-based M&F Bank, will close five branches and reduce staff. Chairman/CEO Hugh Potts Jr. tells The Clarion-Ledger that the bank’s intent is to now focus on a few locations to achieve higher levels of performance and efficiency. M&F Bank will close a branch in in Ridgeland and one in Jackson during the ...

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Viking Range focusing on international expansion

GREENWOOD — Viking Range Corporation has recently appointed a new managing director of international sales, Peter Birch, and announced the expansion of the company’s international distribution network. Birch oversees all major appliance sales outside of the United States and Canada. A native of Coventry, England, Birch’s career includes senior sales and marketing positions in Brazil, Chile and New York with ...

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USM establishes nation's first sports incidents institute

HATTIESBURG — With the support of grant funding through the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security, the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi is establishing the nation’s first Institute for the Study of Sport Incidents. The institute’s focus will be the development of a database on violence against spectators and participants at ...

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Judge approves C Spire's lawsuit against AT&T/T-Mobile merger

RIDGELAND — A federal judge has ruled that Sprint Nextel Corp. and a regional cellphone company can sue AT&T Inc. over its acquisition of rival T-Mobile USA. AT&T had asked U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle to dismiss the case because Sprint and Ridgeland-based C Spire Wireless did not have the right to sue over the deal that would create ...

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Residents: Law hindering eminent domain efforts

ABERDEEN — A group of Lafayette County residents have told a federal judge that Mississippi’s campaign finance law stops them from campaigning as they want to for an eminent domain constitutional amendment. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock heard arguments Tuesday in Aberdeen but did not immediately rule. The plaintiffs said the law limits their ...

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Auditor demands Southaven mayor repay $170K

SOUTHAVEN — The Mississippi Auditor’s Office is demanding that fourth-term Southaven Mayor Greg Davis pay the city more than $170,000 for travel, stress counseling and other personal expenses billed to taxpayers. Davis told The Associated Press he’s not sure how he will pay. “To me, it’s an expensive but valuable lesson learned,” said Davis, 45. Auditor Stacey Pickering issued the ...

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