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Lockheed Martin hosts annual IT Day Friday in Jackson

“The “Power of Information” is the theme for Lockheed Martin’s IT Day, scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday at the Jackson Convention Center in downtown Jackson. The free, day-long information technology event is open to the public and offers topics for technology and business professionals, students and job seekers. Lockheed Martin is hosting the event in partnership with area colleges ...

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White House shows new flexibility on Medicaid expansion options

The White House is encouraging skeptical state officials to expand Medicaid by subsidizing the purchase of private insurance for low-income people, even though that approach might be somewhat more expensive, federal and state officials say. Ohio and Arkansas are negotiating with the Obama administration over plans to use federal Medicaid money to pay premiums for commercial insurance that will be ...

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Coast casino awaits disciplinary vote at commission meeting

The Mississippi Gaming Commission moves its March meeting to the Gulf Coast on Friday, but other than a disciplinary vote there is little on the agenda concerning South Mississippi casinos. A few routine items will be brought up at the 11 a.m. meeting at Palace Casino in Biloxi. Next month’s meeting will return to the commission’s headquarters in Jackson on ...

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Governor accuses Board of keeping down teaching standards

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is criticizing members of the state College Board for their opposition to increasing requirements for teaching candidates. Bryant, in an unusual appearance at the board’s meeting yesterday, accused the board and the state’s public universities of trying to keep standards low. The governor wants to require college students who want to enter teacher preparation programs ...

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Mayor indicted on federal bribery charge

VICKSBURG —Mayor Paul Winfield has been indicted on a federal bribery charge. Federal court records show that Winfield was indicted Tuesday. He had already been charged in a criminal complaint in the case. The FBI arrested Winfield on Feb. 20. He pleaded not guilty the next day in U.S. District Court in Jackson and was released on a $10,000 bond. ...

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Aircraft leave Keesler for Carolinas; Hurricane Hunters staying

BILOXI — The Air Force is transferring 10 C-130j aircraft from Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi to Pope Field near Fayetteville, N.C. The planes are part of the 403rd Reserve Wing, and are being used primarily for tactical airlift missions locally and overseas. Keesler officials say in a news release that the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, also known as ...

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Contractor named one of safest in U.S. by ABC

PHILADELPHIA — The national Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) has honored Yates Construction for maintaining a safety record that has earned the company recognition in the NAICS 236 – General Contractor category of ABC’s National Safety Excellence Awards. Michael D. Bellaman, ABC president and CEO, said, “Yates Construction has truly shown a dedication to becoming one of the leaders for ...

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Lawmakers tout report on flood insurance and levees

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) are citing a newly released study of the federal flood insurance program in support of their ongoing efforts to prevent homeowners and businesses from being forced to purchase flood insurance policies if they are already protected by accredited levees. The senators responded to findings in “Levees and the ...

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Voters say yes to in-city liquor/wine sales

NEW ALBANY — Voters have approved the sale of liquor and wine within the New Albany city limits. Complete but unofficial returns show 57 percent of those voting approved the sale of liquor in Tuesday’s special election. State law allows county seats and towns of more than 5,000 people to vote separately from their surrounding counties on legalizing wine and ...

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Feds want nearly $1M in restitution from former attorney

ABERDEEN — The U.S. government is seeking $914,162 in restitution unpaid by a former Mississippi attorney convicted in a tax and mail fraud case in 2009. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports prosecutors filed a payment affidavit this week in U.S. District Court in Oxford. U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock has scheduled an April 2 hearing in Aberdeen for William ...

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