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CARTER: Barbour all wet blaming storm for Romney loss

Haley Barbour is not sounding like the rational voice the Republican Party so badly needs in the wake of the thrashing it just took in the presidential election. As a Rider of the Storm, he’s proving to be a false prophet. The former GOP chair and two-term Mississippi governor is telling anyone who will listen that hurricane Sandy broke Mitt ...

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Barbour says Sandy stopped Romney's momentum

Former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour spared Chris Christie his wrath, but Mother Nature didn’t get away so easy. “Hurricane Sandy saved Barack Obama’s presidency,” he told the Today show Thursday. “It broke the momentum that Romney had coming into the end of October.” See complete post …

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Percolating with Bill Crawford: PERS has another bad year

from Bill Crawford … It’s time for the PERS Board and Executive Director to fess up to the serious problems facing the state retirement system. It’s time for the Legislature to put politics aside and face up to these problems. It’s time for us retirees to tune in to reality, take our medicine now, and avoid drastic measures that may ...

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Banks get reprieve from Basel III capital requirements

In a move that takes immediate pressure off of community banks in Mississippi and elsewhere in the nation, federal bank regulators say they do not expect to enact new capital requirements on Jan. 1 based on the Basel III International Accords. In a statement Friday, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said the delays stems from the massive ...

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City, county at odds over future of Delta hospital

Greenwood — The Greenwood City Council has voted 4-2 against seeking bids on the possible sale of the publicly owned Greenwood Leflore Hospital might be worth. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the council’s decision came Wednesday. The Leflore board of supervisors voted 3-1 this week to seek proposals from potential buyers. The 208-bed hospital is owned jointly by the city of ...

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Construction show/mission to be held in Caribbean

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) invites Mississippi businesses to participate in a building/construction exposition and business development mission from March 1-7, 2013, in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. The event will connect Mississippi firms in the building and construction industry with business opportunities in these three Caribbean markets. During the trip, participating Mississippi businesses will meet ...

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Freeman, Luckett to auction off contents of closed restaurant

CLARKSDALE — Actor Morgan Freeman and his business partner are auctioning the contents of their upscale restaurant in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. The Madidi Restaurant in Clarksdale closed in February. At 9 a.m. Tuesday, auctioneer Nick Clark will open bidding on a laundry list of restaurant items, from the glasses to the tables to leather couches to the ...

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Man gets three years in prison for contraband cigarettes

OXFORD — An Arkansas man has been sentenced to three years in prison for his role in the trafficking of contraband cigarettes. James B. Trosper, of Rogers Ark., pleaded guilty in 2011 to three counts involving the scheme. WTVA-TV reports Trosper was sentenced in federal court in Oxford. Prosecutors said Trosper and others were involved in a multi-state scheme to ...

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Retailer signs warehouse lease; creating hundreds of jobs

OLIVE BRANCH — Philadelphia-based specialty value retailer Five Below has signed the lease for a new distribution center in Olive Branch. Terms were not disclosed. The 600,000-square-foot facility, located at 9105 Hacks Cross Road, is Five Below’s second distribution center and will allow the company to more quickly and efficiently supply stores in the South and Midwest with its broad ...

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Liz Davis sent home from "The Voice"

The road to TV reality stardom ended last night for “The Voice” country singer Liz Davis. The Laurel-born Davis, the NBC show’s only remaining country contestant was eliminated Thursday night along with mariachi singer Julio Cesar Castillo by their coach Blake Shelton. Davis thanked her fans on Twitter following the show. “My head is held high and I feel stronger than ...

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