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CARTER: Romney may have generational edge in repelling space invaders

       Americans give President Obama only so-so marks on his handling of the economy. But nearly two out of three say he’s the leader they want calling the shots once an armada of flying saucers comes over the horizon, National Geographic’s “Aliens Among Us” poll found. The magazine surveyed a random nationwide sample of 1,114 Americans from May ...

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State foreclosure inventory inches up as much of nation declines

Mississippi ended May with a 0.03 percent increase in home foreclosure inventory compared to the same period a year ago, California real estate research and inform CoreLogic reports. Mississippi’s increase comes as foreclosure inventories in most states are showing declining percentages, CoreLogic said. Mississippi’s residential foreclosure inventory represented 2.7 percent of all homes on the market. By comparison, the national ...

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True South Classic firms up field for July 16-22 tourney

  With less than three weeks until tee off, Mississippi’s only PGA TOUR event, True South Classic, has set its initial player commitment list for the July 16-22 tournament at Madison’s Annandale Golf Club. Former TOUR winners Stuart Appleby, Jason Bohn, D.A. Points and Rocco Mediate are already committed to play for the $3 million purse. Defending champion Chris Kirk ...

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BP pays $5.4M to settle gender bias claims

WASHINGTON — Oil giant BP is paying $5.4 million to settle claims that some of its contractors refused to hire women to help clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the agreement with BP Exploration & Production Inc. covers female workers in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. There has been no official ...

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Thirteen arrested in prostitution sting in Biloxi

BILOXI — Biloxi police have arrested 13 people, seven women and six men, in a prostitution sting detectives said targeted people advertising as independent escorts for sexually oriented services. Sgt. Aldon Helmert says twelve of them were arrested on one or more counts of prostitution or solicitation. That includes the men who drove the women to meet clients at a ...

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Ex-Northwest Rankin coach David Coates dies before drug trial

BRANDON — David Coates, the former longtime football coach and athletic director at Northwest Rankin High School who was facing drug charges, has died. Coates’ death was confirmed in statements by his attorney, Bill Kirksey, and District Attorney Michael Guest. The 57-year-old Coates died Thursday of an apparent heart attack at his Rankin County home. Coates had been charged with ...

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Klansman Edgar Ray Killen says he didn't sign over land

JACKSON — Reputed Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen claims in new court documents that he didn’t sign over power of attorney or ownership of 40 acres of land to a black former prisoner. James Stern served time with Killen at a Mississippi prison. He claims Killen, who is serving a 60-year sentence for civil rights-era killings, signed over to ...

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3 former USM coaches awarded $1.2M

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court will hear the University of Southern Mississippi’s appeal of a $1.2 million award to three former soccer coaches. The case is among dozens the Supreme Court will consider during its July-August term. It will not hear oral arguments in the case. Former head coach John Vincent and two assistants, John Mollaghan and Ged O’Connor, ...

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Read July 2 issue of the MBJ

>> BED BUGS AND BEYOND State entomologist, hospitality industry at odds over bed bug infestation — By Ted Carter Also in this week’s paper: >> MSC ADDRESSES “CON” LAW State court says original jurisdiction over “certificate of need” unconstitutional— by Clay Chandler >> MAIN STREET MISSISSIPPI— Old Pascagoula High lives on as senior housing— by Ted Carter >> MARTY WISEMAN Can ...

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