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Cochran, Wicker split over Hagel confirmation

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Mississippi’s two U.S. senators split on the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as defense secretary. Sen. Thad Cochran was one of four Republicans who voted for Hagel, a Republican former senator from Nebraska. Cochran said in a statement that “Hagel feels strongly that the United States should be the most capable military power in the world.” Cochran also ...

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First BP executive testifying at oil spill trial

NEW ORLEANS — The first BP executive to testify at a federal trial over the nation’s worst oil spill was to take the stand for a second day today before a judge tasked with deciding whether the London-based oil giant and other companies acted with gross negligence for the 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. BP executive Lamar McKay ...

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Early childhood education backers rally at Capitol

JACKSON — A group of preschool operators is adding to the push for state funding to educate four-year-olds. Members of the Mississippi Early Childhood Association said at a rally yesterday at the state Capitol that they support House and Senate proposals to use state money to pay for such classes. “The time is now to invest in Mississippi’s economic future,” ...

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Governor signs Kemper plant-related bills into law

KEMPER COUNTY — Gov. Phil Bryant signed two bills into law yesterday, codifying a settlement between the Public Service Commission and Mississippi Power Co. over the company’s Kemper County power plant. Mississippi Power, a unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., filed for a seven-year-rate plan as contemplated under one of the laws less than two hours after Bryant approved the measures. ...

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House passes numerous bills offering business tax breaks

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has approved tens of millions of dollars’ worth of tax breaks for businesses, but it’s unclear if the proposals will survive the Senate. A top budget writer, House Appropriations Committee Chairman Herb Frierson, estimated yesterday that the proposed tax breaks would be worth at least $50 million a year and he said that’s a big ...

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Former contractor's federal bank fraud trial rescheduled

SOUTHAVEN — Former Southaven city contractor James Malcolm Harris Jr., who has business ties to Mayor Greg Davis and was recently indicted on bank fraud charges, has had his federal trial reset for Sept. 9. Harris’ attorney, David Hill, asked the court to delay a March 4 trial, saying they needed more time to prepare the case. The Commercial Appeal ...

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Atlanta lays claim to Dixie's 'Most Miserable' metropolis

The late humorist Lewis Grizzard had a standard refrain for Northerners who complained about life in his beloved Atlanta: “Delta is ready when you are.” For a little variation, he would sometimes remind them that “Interstate-75 goes both ways.” It’s perhaps well and good that the longtime Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist is not around to hear today’s news. Atlanta landed the ...

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Bill passes making gun permit info harder to obtain

JACKSON — A Mississippi Senate committee approved a bill today that would make it difficult to get information on weapon permits, including concealed carry permits. The bill would exclude the permit information from the state public records act. A court order would be required to obtain the data. A representative of Gov. Phil Bryant’s office said that there have been ...

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Baptist chooses IDS solution to cut billing, revenue cycle

JACKSON — Medical Practice Solutions (MPS), a division of Mississippi Baptist Health Systems Inc., has selected technology from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based IDS to expedite billing and tighten the healthcare system’s revenue cycle. AbbaDox Charge Capture gives physicians the ability to record and immediately submit patient care charge details directly to billing departments, according to a release from IDS. In addition ...

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Expert: BP's cost-cutting led to 2010 Gulf oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — An expert witness for people and businesses who sued BP over the Gulf oil spill says he found ample evidence that the company’s cost-cutting culture led to the disaster. University of California-Berkeley engineering professor Robert Bea testified today at a civil trial. He says BP PLC didn’t implement a safety management program on the rig that exploded ...

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