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New York Times gives readers a 36-hour visit to Jackson

When movie crews descended on Jackson in 2010 to film “The Help,” based on Kathryn Stockett’s novel about the city’s maids in the 1960s, they transformed the streets of its trendiest neighborhood into a retro backdrop. Given locals’ loyalty to mom-and-pop stores like Brent’s Drugs, where you can still sit at the counter and order a chocolate malt, it didn’t ...

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State gets 'Silver Shovel' for economic development efforts

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Area Development, a publication covering site selection and facility planning, has named its 2013 Gold & Silver Shovel Award winners. For the Silver Shovel Awards, the states are compared only to other states in their population tier. This year, California, Florida, and Pennsylvania are receiving Silver Shovels in the 10+ million population group; Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, ...

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Federal regulator orders limo company to cease interstate service

OXFORD — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has ordered Carbo Limo of Oxford, LLC to immediately cease it s interstate passenger service. This follows a finding by a team of specially trained investigators that the Oxford-based company’s two motor coaches used for its interstate operations were unsafe and that drivers were not properly screened or ...

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Survey ranks state last in U.S. for financial capability

The FINRA Investor Education Foundation (FINRA Foundation) today released the results of America’sState-by-State Financial Capability Survey. The State-by-State Financial Capability Survey, which surveyed more than 25,000 respondents, was developed in consultation with the U.S. Department of the Treasury, other federal agencies and the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability. The State-by-State Survey found a significant disparity in financial capability across ...

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Plea saves Ky. man from charges for contraband tobacco

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Florida tobacco distributor long watched by federal investigators has pleaded guilty to money laundering and conspiracy in a scheme to avoid paying taxes owed on online cigarette sales in Kentucky. Pedro “Peter” Bello became the second person to admit to plotting to use phony invoices to avoid paying taxes on millions of dollars’ worth of cigarettes. ...

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General Dynamics' newest Hattiesburg call center to create 1,000 jobs

HATTIESBURG, Mississippi –A new General Dynamics customer call center announced Thursday for the Cloverleaf Center here is expected to generate up to 1,000 new jobs over the next few months. The jobs are in addition to another General Dynamics’ call center that will hire 225 people this summer and another 25 workers by next spring. General Dynamics Information Technology, a ...

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Dry days allowing rice plantings to near completion

STONEVILLE, Mississippi – A few dry days in a row have let Mississippi rice growers get three-quarters of their planned cropped planted and set them on pace to complete their plantings by the end of this week. On the downside, herbicide drift across large field – most likely from aerial spraying — is becoming a concern. Meanwhile, growers are fertilizing ...

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IP subsidiary fined $3.3M for Pearl River fish kill

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ordered Temple Inland, a subsidiary of International Paper, to pay $3.3 million and serve two years of probation for polluting the Pearl River in 2011 with illegal discharges from its Bogalusa paper mill that killed thousands of fish. Equipment malfunctioned at the mill, which makes containerboard, allowing an untreated plume of a substance ...

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Agency closing 13 WIN Job Centers due to budget cuts

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Employment Security says that six full-time and seven part-time WIN Job Centers will close June 21. Executive director Mark Henry says in a news release today that the centers in Iuka and Newton will be open part-time. The cuts are part of across-the-board federal budget reductions that went into effect on March 1. ...

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