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State severs some unemployment compensation after jobless rate dips

A sustained drop in Mississippi’s jobless rate has led the state to cut off emergency unemployment compensation to some unemployed workers who had previously qualified for the benefits. The reason: Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has fallen below the 9 percent level for a three-month period, triggering off Tier 4 Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits. Triggers for each tier of ...

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Regions' earnings beat estimates as net interest margin widens

Regions Financial (RF) reported fourth-quarter earnings that beat analysts’ estimates as its net interest margin, a gauge of lending profitability, widened, Bloomberg reports. Net income was $265 million, or 18 cents a share, compared with a loss of $548 million, or 48 cents, a year earlier, when the lender posted a non-cash charge tied to the sale of the Morgan ...

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Military officials to show off new training facility

FORREST COUNTY — Camp Shelby is scheduled to unveil Thursday new high-tech trainings areas for urban combat maneuvers and operations. The $10.5-million Combined Arms Collective Training Facility features 35 buildings on 14 acres equipped with 193 cameras, 30 Human Urban Terrain targets, 15 Stationary Infantry Targets and On-Screen “After-Action Review” capabilities. The fully automated Live-Fire Shoot House is a $3 ...

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Mental exam ordered for doctor in murder-for-hire case

GREENWOOD — A mental examination has been ordered for a Greenwood oncologist charged with capital murder. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports Judge Breland Hilburn this past week granted a prosecution request to send Dr. Arnold Smith to the Mississippi State Hospital at Whitfield. The 70-year-old Smith is charged with murder as the alleged instigator of a plot that ended with the ...

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City reapplies for ambulance grant after finding it is eligible

STARKVILLE — The city of Starkville is reapplying for an ambulance services grant for which officials previously thought they were ineligible. Starkville Mayor Parker Wiseman tells The Commercial Dispatch the city is in the process of working with OCH Regional Medical Center to prepare a new application for the $14,000 grant provided by the Emergency Medical Services Operating Fund. The ...

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Roe v. Wade at 40 — Interactive Map: America’s Abortion Clinics

The Daily Beast looks at access to abortion services in America, identifying and confirming the location—though not the address—of the country’s remaining 724 clinics, and calculating the distance to the closest clinic in every part of the country. By Michael Keller and Allison Yarrow. In the four decades since Roe v. Wade, states have enacted hundreds of provisions restricting access ...

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Transportation system set new rider record in 2012

GULFPORT — Coast Transit Authority set a record in 2011 by providing one million rides and topped it again in 2012. Executive director Kevin Coggin tells The Sun Herald last year the authority logged 1.09 million rides. Coggin says CTA has funding to build a new transportation hub in D’Iberville and wants to partner with the Mississippi Department of Transportation ...

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Mayor to opt out of second term and retire

BROOKHAVEN — Mayor Les Bumgarner says he won’t seek re-election to a second term. Bumgarner cited his long record of government service, his age — he’s 65 — and family and personal reasons for the decision. Bumgarner told The Daily Leader he intends to try to enjoy himself in retirement. It’s unclear who will run to replace him. Candidates have ...

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Jackson State to open satellite campus in Madison

MADISON — Jackson State University will enroll students at its new 8,600-square-foot campus in Madison as early as this summer. The move to expand the historically black university into the predominantly white city of Madison is intended in part to help reach the school’s goal of more diversity among its students. The Clarion Ledger reports the state College Board recently ...

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City revisits future of historic building following fire

MERIDIAN — A recent fire in Meridian’s tallest structure has renewed talk about what should be done with the building. Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry tells WTOK TV the fire on the 12th floor of the “Threefoot” building remains under investigation. Meanwhile, Barry said, the city is looking for entrepreneurs who might have ideas for the property. The building has been ...

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