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White House: Miss. education, social services, defense jobs will bear brunt of fiscal sequester

Here is the White House says the across-the-board automatic budget cuts set to begin Friday under the fiscal sequester deal between Congress and the Obama Administration will mean for Mississippi. The cuts threaten hundreds of thousands of middle class jobs, and cut vital services for children, seniors, people with mental illness and our men and women in uniform. MISSISSIPPI IMPACTS ...

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Board approves courses for planned JSU-Madison campus

MADISON — The state College Board has approved 42 courses for Jackson State University’s planned campus in Madison. Board officials say that’s only the beginning of the classes that JSU will offer in Jackson’s northern suburb. The list included nine business courses, four education courses and six gerontology courses. “I don’t know if that’s the complete program offering that needs ...

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Deadline approaching for SBA drought-related assistance

DESOTO COUNTY and MARSHALL COUNTY — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that March 18 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in DeSoto and Marshall counties as a result of the drought that began June 10, ...

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Gulf oil spill trial gets underway in New Orleans

GULF OF MEXICO — A high-stakes trial started today to assign blame and help figure out exactly how much more BP and other companies should pay for the nation’s worst offshore oil spill. Attorney Jim Roy, who represents individuals and businesses hurt by the spill, said BP executives applied “huge financial pressure” on its drilling managers to “cut costs and ...

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MEMA soliciting landlords in tornado-torn counties

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Landlords with available rental properties in Mississippi are urged to contact a housing locator service to list their available rental properties. The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are working together to find housing for those displaced by the recent tornadoes, storms and flooding. In support of that, they encourage Mississippi landlords in ...

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MDA leading trade mission to two European countries

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) will lead a business development mission to Germany and Poland from May 20-24. MDA invites Mississippi business representatives to participate in the trip, which is designed to connect Mississippi companies looking to expand trade and create business relationships with opportunities in the two markets. “MDA has established contacts in Germany and Poland that ...

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Agency issues warning but does not close Coast beaches

HANCOCK COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), through its Beach Monitoring Program, issued water contact advisories for three beach sampling stations in Hancock County. These segments of beach are not closed; however, there may be an increased risk of illness associated with swimming in those areas. MDEQ is working closely with local officials to advise residents that ...

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Sheriff wants door-to-door salesmen to get permit

STARKVILLE — The Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Department wants to require door-to-door salesmen to have permits that confirm the legitimacy of their business. The Starkville Daily News reports Chief Deputy Chadd Garnett has told supervisors that some county residents had complained week about magazine salesmen who were asking people to buy subscriptions they claimed would be shipped to military personnel overseas. ...

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Auto shop goes up in flames with no injuries

KOSSUTH — Fire destroyed a motorsports shop in Kossuth on Wednesday. The Daily Corinthian reports Unique Motorsports, owned by Mike Meeks, was a total loss in a fire that started at about 2:30 p.m. Meeks said he had just returned from an out-of-town trip when he saw the flames coming from the shop, which was next to Meeks’ home on ...

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Moody's cuts Coast city's credit rating, cites cash reserves

GULFPORT — A credit agency has cut Gulfport’s rating by a notch. Moody’s Investors Service says the city’s cash reserves are suffering because of hurricane recovery projects the city hasn’t collected federal money for and because sales tax collections are lagging. John Kelly, Gulfport’s chief administrative officer, tells the Sun Herald the lower rating means the city could pay more ...

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