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Foreclosures dip statewide in September

Foreclosure rates in Jackson dropped more than a half percentage point in September compared to the same month last year. Meanwhile, foreclosures statewide dropped by nearly two-thirds of a percentage point in September from September 2012, according to newly released data from CoreLogic, a California-based real estate research firm. The CoreLogic data shows that the rate of Jackson area foreclosures ...

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Pickering to run for Senate if Cochran decides against reelection

Add State Auditor Stacey Pickering to the list of potential candidates for the U.S. Senate if Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) decides not to seek reelection in 2014. Cochran has held the seat since 1978 and has said he’ll decide by the end of this month whether to seek another six-year term. However, a Cochran spokesman said the senator hasn’t specified ...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bullfighting in Mississippi is a cruel event; boycott

OPEN LETTER TO PETE CASTONERA – ORGANIZER OF MISSISSIPPI BULLFIGHTING Very disappointed with you Pete. There was I advising opponents of your Mississippi Bullfighting promotion not to type personal insults and praising you for allowing us to debate the topic and what do you do? Ban me from commenting! That’s what the big bosses used do in the dark era of slavery ...

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Shipbuilder lands Crowley contract for roll-on/roll-off vessels

PASCAGOULA — VT Halter Marine, Inc. has secured an approximately $350-million contract with Crowley Maritime Corporation to build two container roll-on/roll-off ships. The company says the vessels will be built at the Pascagoula facility with construction beginning the first half of 2014, and deliveries in mid- and late-2017. The Sun Herald reports the vessel design is provided by Wartsila Ship ...

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Williams, Big Tobacco whistleblower, dies at age 72

OCEAN SPRINGS — Merrell Williams Jr., a one-time Kentucky paralegal who took on Big Tobacco as a whistleblower who leaked internal documents exposing health risks and the addictiveness of cigarettes, has died in Mississippi, decades after he joined the fight that forever changed perceptions of smoking. Williams died last week of a heart attack in Ocean Springs his daughter, Jennifer ...

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Confusion over approval idles Coast harbor project

LONG BEACH — A project to replace fuel tanks, piping and electronics for a new fuel dock at the harbor in Long Beach in on hold. Port Commission president Phil Kies tells the Sun Herald that the city is using tidelands money to build the fuel dock. However, there has been some confusion over whether the city had gotten approval ...

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Hosemann pushing for voter ID cards to be issued early

JACKSON — Mississippi’s top elections official says the state should start issuing free voter identification cards in early 2014, months before the first election in which people will be required to show photo IDs at the polls. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann said the cards will be available to any voter who lacks a government-issued photo ID. People who already ...

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Fan voting opens for first time in Conerly Trophy history

JACKSON — Ole Miss quarterback Bo Wallace and Mississippi State offensive guard Gabe Jackson lead a list of 10 nominees for the 2013 C Spire Conerly Trophy, which annually honors the top college football player in the Magnolia State. Wallace, who hopes to be the first back-to-back winner of the award, and Jackson, who would to be the first offensive ...

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