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Bryant will fight federal preclearance in state elections

CANTON — Gov. Phil Bryant said today that he’d fight any effort to make Mississippi return to a federal preclearance process for election changes. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder last week asked federal judges to make Texas continue seeking preclearance. Holder’s request came weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states with a history of racial discrimination no longer ...

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Entergy's earnings plummet, utility will cut 800 jobs

NEW ORLEANS — Entergy Corp. said its second-quarter net income dropped 55 percent, weighed down by higher expenses and absent a favorable tax ruling received during the prior-year period. The New Orleans-based utility also said today that it is cutting about 800 jobs, or about 5 percent of its workforce of 15,000. It says that the job cuts are part ...

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Woman who faked disappearance released from jail for embezzlement

HAZLEHURST — A 65-year-old Copiah County woman who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $20,000 from her employer is free from jail. Linda Reed went before a Copiah County judge yesrerday and was sentenced to 10 years. Her sentence was reduced to time served, or 278 days. Reed has to pay a fine in addition to restitution. Reed had disappeared ...

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Drilling to begin on relief well at site of Gulf blowout

GULF OF MEXICO — Crews are expected to begin drilling a relief well Thursday at the site of a gas well that blew wild July 23 off the Louisiana coast but eventually was choked off by sand and sediment. The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the Rowan EXL-3 rig has been moved to the site, about 55 ...

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Southern Co. shareholders to feel losses from Kemper plant

KEMPER COUNTY — Southern Co. shareholders will absorb $450 million in losses incurred while building a new coal-fired power plant in Mississippi, raising the total write-offs on the construction project to nearly $1 billion, utility officials said today. The utility announced the pre-tax write-off on its massive project in Mississippi’s Kemper County before releasing its second-quarter earnings Wednesday. Company officials ...

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Journeyman Austin presents Jackson with convention center hotel offer

By Ted Carter JACKSON, Mississippi — Texas hotel developer Journeyman Austin has submitted what it says is a confidential unsolicited proposal to build a 304-key, eight-floor convention center hotel on Pascagoula Street across from the Jackson Convention Complex, complete with a multi-floor-above-and-below ground parking structure. Journeyman Austin presented the proposal to Mayor Chokwe Lumumba’s office shortly after 5 p.m. Monday. ...

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Journeyman Austin presents Jackson with convention center hotel offer

JACKSON, Mississippi — Texas hotel developer Journeyman Austin has submitted what it says is a confidential unsolicited proposal to build a 304-key, eight-floor convention center hotel on Pascagoula Street across from the Jackson Convention Complex, complete with a multi-floor-above-and-below ground parking structure. Journeyman Austin presented the proposal to Mayor Chokwe Lumumba’s office shortly after 5 p.m. Monday. The Austin, Texas-based ...

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Governor, lawmakers, NRA want to file brief on open-carry law

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant, about 80 lawmakers, the National Rifle Association and others have asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to let them file briefs in support of the state’s open carry law. The court had not ruled on the requests as of yesterday. The motions filed by Bryant, the lawmakers and the NRA included their arguments in support of ...

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Ex-office manager gets five years for embezzlement

CORINTH — A Biggersville woman has been sentenced to serve five years in prison for embezzling $144,000 while serving as a medical office manager. The Daily Corinthian reports that Donna Trim pleaded guilty last November to two counts of embezzlement from Corinth Medical Specialists where she worked. Yesterday, Alcorn County Circuit Judge Thomas Gardner III sentenced Trim to 10 years ...

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