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State's unemployment rate dipped in October

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate dropped slightly to 8.9 percent in October, down 1.3 percent from September. The report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed 4,300 more people were employed in October than September. Mississippi had a 9.2 percent jobless rate in September and a 10.7 percent rate in October 2011. The number of unemployed people fell to ...

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Lab lands grant to examine effects of BP oil spill

STARKVILLE — The Mississippi State Chemical Laboratory is receiving funding to support an enhanced multi-state research program examining effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico. The award is among 19 grants out of 629 letters of intent announced recently by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative. Approximately $20 million will be awarded to researchers over ...

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After nearly a decade, landowners settle Paw Paw Road case

WARREN COUNTY — A long-running land dispute in federal court between Warren County and two groups of landowners has been settled. Terms of the settlement were not made public. Ken Rector, an attorney representing the county, told the Vicksburg Post neither the county nor anyone else involving in the case is out any money as a result of the settlement. ...

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Board asked to hire more architects for school projects

HERNANDO — DeSoto County school board members will be asked to hire architects for expansion projects at two more schools as the state’s largest system continues to grapple with growth. The Commercial Appeal reports Hernando Hills and Southaven elementary schools would be targeted if board members approve the hirings. Last month, the board unanimously approved hiring Hernando-based AERC architects to ...

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Community's plan to seek resort status nixed at board meeting

HOULKA — A proposal to seek resort status for the town of Houlka in Chickasaw County is being dropped. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports town officials dropped a plan to circulate a petition during a board of aldermen meeting. Resort status could allow alcohol to be sold within the city limits. Several areas in Mississippi have resort status, including ...

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The worst 25 passwords and online shopping risks

While stores will be packed this weekend with holiday shoppers looking for Black Friday bargains, another group of shoppers will be sitting at home – safely and comfortably looking for Christmas bargains. But home-shopping isn’t risk-free. High-tech “phishers” are also trolling the Internet, looking for account data and personal information of unsuspecting computer-users all across the country. “The idea behind ...

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Nugent elected President

Dr. Katherine Nugent, dean of the College of Nursing at The University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected president of the Southern Educational Board (SREB) Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing. Before gaining the presidency, Nugent served as vice president and board member. The organization’s focus is to serve as a proactive advocate for greater excellence and access to nursing ...

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Federal panel approves state's redistricting plan

JACKSON — Three federal judges say they won’t redraw Mississippi’s legislative districts or order the state to hold a new round of elections in 2013. The order came yesterday in a lawsuit that the state chapter of the NAACP had filed earlier to challenge state House and Senate redistricting. Legislative maps have to be updated once a decade to account ...

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Judge sets opt-out deadline for discrimination lawsuit

LAUREL — A federal judge has set an opt-out deadline of Nov. 29 for those eligible for part of a proposed, $1.3-million class-action settlement alleging discriminatory hiring practices at Howard Industries, which was the target of the largest U.S. workplace raid on illegal immigrants. The discrimination was filed by four black women who claimed the company gave preferential treatment to ...

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Legislator resigns, fined for steering contracts to family

BRANDON — A five-year Mississippi House member has resigned and agreed to pay a $10,000 fine to resolve an ethics case the state brought against him over public contracts that went to his family’s printing company — a fraction of the amount he originally was ordered to pay. Republican Rep. Kevin McGee, 42, of Brandon, resigned yesterday, effective immediately. >> ...

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