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CARTER: College Board forecast session diverted from productive discussions

  File Tuesday’s College Board economic forecasting conference under “Missed Opportunities.” Here was an opportunity for a seriously detailed discussion on what steps Mississippi can take to avoid a bleak forecast that jobs growth in many of the state’s business sector won’t return to pre-2007 levels until 2020 at the earliest. Instead, a filibuster on the subject of Medicaid as ...

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State's only abortion clinic again trying to block law

JACKSON — Attorneys for Mississippi’s only abortion clinic are again asking a federal judge to block a state law that threatens to eventually close the facility, though that is not expected any time soon. In court papers filed today, attorneys say the Jackson Women’s Health Organization has been unable to obtain privileges for most of its physicians to admit patients ...

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BP banned from new contracts in the Gulf by EPA

GULF OF MEXICO — The Obama administration put a temporary stop to new federal contracts with British oil company BP today, citing the company’s “lack of business integrity” and criminal proceedings stemming from the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. The action by the Environmental Protection Administration won’t affect current contracts, but prevents BP and its affiliates from new government contracts ...

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NOAA scraps plan to require turtle excluder devices

GULF OF MEXICO — New regulations that would have forced shrimpers in the bays and marshes of the Gulf of Mexico to install devices on their nets to save endangered sea turtles have been scrapped by federal officials. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said it is withdrawing plans by its fisheries service to require “turtle excluder devices” for small ...

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State's casinos see worst month since September 1998

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi casinos stumbled through their worst revenue month since September 1998 in October, with gamblers losing 8 percent less than in October 2011. Statewide casino revenue fell to $167.4 million, according to Mississippi Department of Revenue figures. If poor results continue, the state’s gambling halls could collect less money in 2012 than in 2011, even though the ...

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Police looking for robber with big sweet tooth

WAVELAND — Waveland police are chasing leads to nab a sweet-toothed bandit who stole 340 cases of Little Debbie snack cakes from a storehouse last week. Police investigator Eddie Peterson tells the Sea Coast Echo 70 cases of the treats have been recovered. He says some cases were found in Seminary, about 70 miles north of Waveland. Police chief Kenny ...

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Stennis fires up J2X Powerpack

Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis sent out a picture this morning from yesterday’s hot fire test of the J-2X power pack assembly. Engineers had moved the assembly in September to install instrumentation to its fuel turbopump. According to an agency release, the four-minute test helped measure the turbine structural strain when the turbopump is spinning at high speeds ...

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Economists expect state to see better year in 2013

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Economists say growth and employment should increase in Mississippi next year, led by an improved housing market and an increase in home construction. “We’re hoping the budding housing recovery will carry us forward.” Greg Daco, an economist with IHS Global Insight, said at a conference held by the College Board in Jackson. Mississippi’s economy is predicted to ...

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Medicaid spokesman questions whether expansion will spur growth

JACKSON — A spokesman for Mississippi’s Medicaid program is questioning the notion that expanding the federal-state health insurance program is the way to spur economic growth. Francis X. Rullan says he’s speaking only for himself in this instance. But he says it’s not a good idea to base an economic development effort on the dependency of a large group of ...

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