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Governor, MDA leading mission trips to Brazil, Chile

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant and representatives from the Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi companies on a business development mission to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from Sept. 9-13. MDA will also host a preceding business development mission to Chile from Sept. 5-7. The trips are designed to connect Mississippi companies that want to ...

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Agency reports number of boats up this year as shrimping opens

GULF OF MEXICO — The 2013 Mississippi shrimp season opened at 6 a.m., today to good weather and good shrimp but small numbers, based on early reports from shrimp fishermen. This is according to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR). Shrimp season opens in Mississippi territorial waters when sampling confirms shrimp have reached the 68-count-per-pound state statute requirement. According ...

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City given tobacco warehouse seized by FBI

TUPELO — The federal government has handed over a downtown warehouse seized during FBI raids in 2009 to the city of Tupelo. The FBI, the U.S. attorney’s office and the U.S. Marshals Service made the announcement Tuesday. Authorities said in a news release that the 100,000-square-foot warehouse was forfeited as the result of an investigation into a nationwide network of ...

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Hood: Google seems to be yanking drug how-to videos

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says Google appears to be removing online videos that give instructions on how to buy drugs without a prescription. Hood threatened legal action against Google last week, saying the Internet giant wasn’t doing enough to stop sales without prescriptions and was even profiting by selling ads next to the YouTube videos. Google didn’t respond ...

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State's GOP comes out against increased Medicaid

JACKSON — Mississippi Republican Party leaders have adopted a resolution saying they oppose Medicaid expansion. State GOP chairman Joe Nosef said today that the party executive committee acted on the document Monday. He says it’s a way to support Republican elected officials, including Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn. Under the health law signed ...

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Biloxi group trying to force vote on proposed baseball stadium

The STEPS Coalition is in the process of attempting to gather signatures of 1,500 registered voters to possibly force a public vote on the proposed minor league stadium in Biloxi. “So many of us here are baseball fans,” Roberta Avila, executive director of the STEPS Coalition, told the Sun-Herald at a news conference this morning. But she said the group ...

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Ex-housing director pleading guilty to conspiracy to embezzle

SHELBY — The former director of a nonprofit housing agency has agreed to plead guilty to charges against her and testify against an ex-state employee. Linda Balducci of Shelby pleaded guilty last week before U.S. District Judge Michael Mills to one count of conspiracy to embezzle money. Court papers show that Balducci also will testify against codefendant Connie Lewis, a ...

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(BUSINESS VIDEO) Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like?

In this Ted Talk, economist Andrew McAfee suggests that, yes, probably, droids will take our jobs — or at least the kinds of jobs we know now. In this far-seeing talk, he thinks through what future jobs might look like, and how to educate coming generations to hold them. Andrew McAfee studies how information technology affects businesses and society.

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Commissioners toss coin to decide alderman election

RIENZI — Harold W. Palmer has won a coin toss and the election to an alderman’s post in Rienzi. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports town officials learned this past week from the Secretary of State’s Office that the tie vote between Palmer, with 45 votes, and Melissa Bearden Morgan, 45 votes, had to be decided by a coin toss ...

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MDMR pushing for change after red snapper season ruling

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) says it wants changes to the federal government’s setting of the red snapper fishing season in the Gulf. In a press release dated June 5, 2013, NOAA Fisheries modified the 2013 recreational red snapper season in federal waters from the previously announced 34 days to only 28 days. The ...

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