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Roe v. Wade v. Fondren

Rooster’s owner Nathan Glenn says he runs a family restaurant and is aggravated that his customers have to stare at pictures of dead babies every time they bite into a hamburger. “Their signs are pointed directly at us,” Glenn said, referring to the frequent protesters that picket across the street at Mississippi’s only abortion clinic. The Jackson Women’s Health Organization ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Judge continues to block Mississippi abortion law

JACKSON — A federal judge on Wednesday decided to continue to block a state law that threatened to shut down Mississippi’s only abortion clinic and make it nearly impossible for a woman to get the procedure in the state. U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III temporarily blocked the law July 1 and extended that order Wednesday, though he did ...

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CNBC survey keeps Mississippi in bottom 5 for 'Top States for Business’

Mississippi climbed up one spot in an annual “Top States for Business” ratings by business news television network CNBC this week, but stayed in the bottom five with a designation as the nation’s 46th-ranked state for business. Texas claimed the top spot from previous Number One Virginia, which fell to a third place ranking. With North Carolina at Number Four, ...

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MBJ readers vote overwhelmingly against rate increase for Mississippi Power Company

Mississippi Business Journal readers, so far, are overwhelmingly against Mississippi Power Company being awarded a rate increase which would help pay for the Kemper County coal plant. Mississippi Power is appealing to the Mississippi Supreme Court the Public Service Commission’s decision not to act on rate increase requests until the litigation surrounding the facility is finished. To this point, 89 ...

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Southern Motion opens another furniture plant

BALDWYN — Upholstered furniture maker Southern Motion has officially opened its Baldwyn plant. The company already has four facilities employing a combined 1,025 people in Pontotoc. Its newest plant, which began operations in March, employs 60 workers but is expected to grow. The facility previously housed Forefront Golf, a golf accessory plant owned by James M. Davis before he pleaded ...

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Man accused of helping teachers cheat on their licensing exam

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Memphis man has been indicted on federal charges that he was paid thousands of dollars by aspiring teachers in Tennessee, Arkansas and Mississippi to have other people take their teacher licensing exams. The federal indictment released yesterday said 58-year-old Clarence Mumford hired a group of test takers, including Memphis City Schools employees or former employees, and ...

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Alcorn president orders deans to reapply, compete for posts

LORMAN — Alcorn State University president M. Christopher Brown is requiring the school’s academic deans to reapply and compete for their jobs. Brown told the Vicksburg Post Alcorn has not reposted and reevaluated the positions in many years. “We were concerned that we did not have the right people in those jobs,” Brown said. He said sitting deans were encouraged ...

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Advocates push for more reforms to foreign student visa program

JACKSON — The State Department should add housekeepers to a list of prohibited jobs for foreign college students who spend their summers in the United States as part of cultural exchange program that has left participants vulnerable to exploitation, an advocacy group said yesterday. The State Department announced major changes to the J-1 Summer Work and Travel Program in May ...

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United Airlines to offer nonstop service to Windy City

JACKSON — United Airlines will offer a daily, nonstop service from Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport to Chicago O’Hare International Airport beginning Nov. 4, The Clarion-Ledger reports. The Jackson Municipal Airport Authority says United’s United Express service will fly 50-seat Embracer ERJ-145 aircraft between the two cities. United operates a hub out of Chicago that includes almost 600 nonstop daily ...

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Hearing could determine whether new abortion law goes into effect

JACKSON — A hearing today will help a federal judge decide whether to keep blocking a Mississippi abortion law or let it go into effect. The state’s only abortion clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, says it could be forced to close if the state is allowed to start enforcing the measure, which would require anyone performing abortions at the clinic ...

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