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Dress for Success presents red carpet evening Oct. 3

The metro Jackson chapter of Dress for Success Worldwide will present its “Little Black Dress with a Tie” gala and silence auction at 6 p.m. Oct. 3 at the Mississippi Museum of Art and Art Garden, 380 Lamar St., Jackson. The fall event is a key fundraiser for Dress for Success Metro Jackson, the state affiliate of Dress for Success ...

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Mississippi banks out-perform national average in new Bauer ratings

Mississippi’s banks dipped slightly in the second quarter from the same quarter last year in the percentage of banks making Bauer Financial’s list of “Recommended” banks but still outpaced the national average by more than 7 percentage points. Bauer reports that 77.7 percent of bank in the Magnolia State made the “Recommended” list for 2Q. In the second quarter of 2012, ...

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Tropical Storm Ingrid forms in the Gulf of Mexico

MIAMI — Tropical Storm Ingrid has formed in the Gulf of Mexico near the Mexican coast. The storm threatens to bring potentially deadly flash floods and mudslides to parts of eastern Mexico. Its maximum sustained winds early Friday are near 45 mph (75 kph). The depression is centered about 60 miles (95 kilometers) east-northeast of Veracruz, Mexico, and is moving ...

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Discovery of asbestos shuts down plant demolition

WEST POINT — Demolition work at the old Sara Lee plant in West Point has stopped after crews discovered asbestos. WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports that the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is going to take a look at the plant and run a series of tests before work can resume on removing the old buildings. The city of West Point ...

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All-American opens new store in South Mississippi

MADISON and COLLINS — All American Check Cashing has opened a new retail store in Collins. It offers local customers both payday and title loan products. “The Collins location will increase our presence in Mississippi and expand our customer base in southern Mississippi,” said Michael Gray, president of All American Check Cashing. “With locations in Magee and Hattiesburg, the Collins ...

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Board votes for emergency declaration for two school systems

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi state Board of Education is seeking to take over the Claiborne County and Leflore County school districts, but will grant the Yazoo City system a reprieve. The board voted this morning to ask Gov. Phil Bryant to declare states of emergency in Claiborne and Leflore. The move would mean that the state would remove superintendents ...

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C Spire sponsoring Champions Tour golf tournament on Coast

A Mississippi telecommunications company has stepped forward to sponsor a professional golf tournament on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Ridgeland-based C Spire Wireless has signed a three-year deal to be the presenting sponsor of the Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic golf tournament, part of the Champions Tour that features golfers 50 years and older. It will mark the fifth year for the ...

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Ex-coroner gets demand for nearly $400K; PERS alerted

UNION COUNTY — State Auditor Stacey Pickering says special agents have served a demand to former Union County coroner Mark Golding in the amount of $398,418.83. The Auditor’s Office began an investigation on Golding May 28 and determined that Golding submitted false claims, totaling $276,591.56, to the Union County Board of Supervisors requesting fees for deaths which he did not ...

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Commission votes to retain Louisiana firm for bridge inspections

VICKSBURG — A Louisiana company will continue to do annual inspections of the old U.S. 80 Mississippi River bridge in Vicksburg. The Vicksburg Bridge Commission voted Wednesday to keep Baton Rouge-based G.E.C. on retainer for $15,000 a year. The company writes reports annually that note the structural stability of the 83-year old railroad crossing. This year’s report concluded the span ...

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Toyota gives area schools $1M education grant

PONTOTOC — Officials of automaker Toyota handed over a $1 million education grant in ceremonies yesterday at Pontotoc Junior High School. WTVA reported the donation is part of Toyota’s commitment of $50 million over a 10-year period to schools in counties represented by the PUL Alliance — Pontotoc, Union and Lee. The PUL Alliance was instrumental in convincing Toyota to ...

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