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Lee County gaining German auto parts maker, over 600 jobs

By Dennis Seid Daily Journal TUPELO, Mississippi – A German automotive supplier will employ hundreds in a new facility in Lee County. Wednesday afternoon, local and state economic development leaders will gather at the Tupelo Lee Industrial Park South in Shannon to make the announcement. State and local leaders declined to give details about the project, and said more information ...

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Quitman tax assessor charged with embezzlement, fraud over credit card use

JACKSON, Mississippi – Quitman County Tax Assessor Kimberly Bell has been indicted on four counts of embezzlement and one count of fraud in what authorities say stemmed from more than $50,000 in unauthorized credit card charges, including cash advances of over $8,000. Sheriff’s deputies booked Bell into the Quitman County Jail Monday. Bell, 38, is accused of misusing over $56,000 ...

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Delta State student wins national GRAMMY contest

    Delta State University’s Delta Music Institute student Jessica Faith rocked the competition recently after being named one of three winners in the 2014 GRAMMY® Amplifier Center Stage contest thanks to her song “If I Told You.” Faith, a freshman from Monticello, Ark., impressively took home the victory after going up against nearly 2,700 contestants. The platform allows musicians ...

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Obama to raise minimum wage to $10.10 for government contract workers

President Obama will announce in the State of the Union address Tuesday that he will use his executive power to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for workers on new government contracts, fulfilling a top demand by liberal lawmakers and groups, according to a White House document, the Washington Post reports. Obama will also renew his call for ...

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First responders to seek increased death benefits

JACKSON — Law enforcement officers, firefighters and other first responders will lobby lawmakers this week to increase the benefits for families of first responders who die in the line of duty. Rep. Tom Miles, D-Forest, has filed a bill to increase the death benefits from $65,000 to $100,000. Death benefits were last increased in 2007. They went from $40,000 to ...

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Ex-contractor's bank fraud trial postponed

SOUTHAVEN — The sentencing hearing for a former Southaven contractor who admitted to submitting fake invoices to a bank for work at a subdivision his company never built has been delayed until an unspecified date. The Commercial Appeal reports James Harris was scheduled for sentencing Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Aberdeen, but his lawyers yesterday asked for and received ...

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New bid for moving state offices into Jackson's CBD passes first test

JACKSON, Mississippi — A revived move to consolidate far flung state government office space into Jackson’s Central Business District won unanimous approval Monday afternoon from the Senate Public Property Committee. The bill’s main selling point is the prospect of shaving around $5 million a year off the state’s current $16 million annual leasing costs, as well as the prospect for ...

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