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Unemployment rate falls below 10 percent for first time since 2009

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell to 9.9 percent in January, as the number of people with jobs rose. It’s the first time unemployment has dipped below 10 percent in the state since September 2009. The jobless rate was down from 10.4 percent in December and 10.5 percent in January 2011. Despite the decrease, Mississippi had the fifth-highest jobless ...

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NPS closing section of Natchez Trace due to 'major safety hazard'

CENTRAL MISSISSIPPI — An eight-mile section of the Natchez Trace could be closed for a year. WAPT-TV reports a major safety hazard will lead to the closure near milepost 94.8 between Ridgeland and Clinton. The National Park Service says the closure will begin today between Interstate 55 and U.S 49. Engineers say there’s the potential for collapse of the roadway ...

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Bryant reinstitutes military council; Freeman named chairman

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is reviving the Mississippi Military Communities Council to promote the state’s military endeavors. As chairman, Bryant named Bill Freeman, adjutant general of the Mississippi National Guard. Jim McIngvale, the Ingalls Shipbuilding director of government and community affairs, was named vice chairman. Nick Ardillo, retired colonel and former chairman of the Columbus Air Force Base 2020 ...

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Ex-business manager files lawsuit against Ole Miss

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi has until the end of the month to file a response to a lawsuit from a former business manager who alleges she was fired because she is black. The Oxford Eagle reports Ginger R. Walton also alleges in federal court documents that she was also fired for refusing to participate in schemes to misuse ...

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Senate passes bill allowing for appointed school superintendents

JACKSON — Mississippi’s local school superintendents would have to be appointed by 2016, unless voters opt to keep electing their local chief, under a bill the Senate passed yesterday. Another bill would require the state Department of Education to rate schools and school districts on an “A” to “F” scale, instead of the current seven-step range from “star” to “failing.” ...

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Mississippi jobless rate 9.9 percent for January

Mississippi’s job picture continued to be a bleak one through January, according to the Mississippi Department of Employment Securities, which put the adjusted rate at 9.9 percent. All but 21 of the state’s 81 counties reported double-digit unemployment, with Holmes County continuing to have the highest rate of jobless residents at 18 percent, followed by Tunica and Clay counties at ...

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Hope Credit Union making Utica stay permanent

Utica residents will soon be banking at a familiar location – the former BancorpSouth building at 106 W. Main St. BancorpSouth left the Hinds County town last August as part of a branch reorganization that involved closing 23 locations. Hope Credit Union (HOPE) stepped in soon after and set up account-opening services in City Hall before later moving to a ...

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Bill approved requiring abortion doctors to be OB/Gyn certified

JACKSON — Doctors at Mississippi’s lone abortion clinic would be required to be certified in obstetrics and gynecology and have privileges to admit patients to local hospitals under a hotly contested bill that passed the House yesterday. During a debate that lasted more than an hour, opponents argued the requirement could close the clinic in Jackson if no doctor could ...

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House passes insurance-discount legislation

JACKSON — The Mississippi House passed a bill yesterday to require insurance companies to offer discounts on costly hurricane coverage in five southern counties, including three on the Coast. Discounts are required by July 2013. They would go to single-family homes and some manufactured homes for meeting strong-house standards in the current building code, those established by the Institute for ...

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Chevron refinery dumps heavy oil into Gulf; no injuries

PASCAGOULA — A line leak has released about 45 barrels of heavy oil into the water around Chevron Corp.’s Pascagoula refinery wharf. The company says the spill occurred around 3:45 a.m. yesterday and specialized refinery teams have responded to the incident. Chevron officials say skimmer boats and oil absorbent boom have been deployed. Officials say there is no danger to ...

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