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Post Office mulls financial services to unbanked and under-banked

The United States Postal Service may expand its financial services beyond money orders and remittances, the Credit Union Times reported Thursday. “More than a quarter of Americans live partially or completely without access to mainstream financial services and are often forced to rely on costly services like payday loans or check cashing to cover their everyday expenses,” the USPS said ...

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Senate committee approves Wright as state superintendent

JACKSON — State Superintendent Carey Wright is one step closer to being confirmed to her post. The Senate Education Committee voted 14-1 today in favor of Wright, who was hired by the state Board of Education to lead Mississippi’s public schools. The measure goes next to the full Senate for consideration. Wright, who previously worked in the District of Columbia ...

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Cold winter has been hard on Southern crawfish farmers

People planning Super Bowl crawfish boils may be out of luck. Farmers say cold has kept crawfish scarce all winter, and now many ponds are iced over. The prolonged cold also means crawfish aren’t eating and are likely to be smaller than normal at the peak of crawfish season, said farmer David Savoy of Church Point. People may have to ...

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61.9% of Mississippi households on the brink of financial devastation, report says

JACKSON, Mississippi — Despite an improving national economy, 61.9 percent of Mississippians are in a persistent state of financial insecurity, according to a report released today by the Corporation for Enterprise Development. The number of households who have little or no savings to cover emergencies or to start building a better life has increased from last year’s 57.7 percent level. ...

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Newtown mom to speak at Jackson State

JACKSON, Mississippi — Scarlett Lewis, a Newtown, Conn., mother whose son was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, will be among the featured speakers during the Mississippi Child Welfare Institute at Jackson State University, held Feb. 12-14 at the Marriott Hotel, 200 E. Amite St. The theme of the 12th Annual Conference is “Child Welfare: Building Multi-Generational Teams ...

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Residents welcome above-freezing temperatures

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI — Residents of South Mississippi were ready for the big thaw today as temperatures were rapidly heading to the 50s and remaining ice was melting on bridges and roads. Emergency officials in Harrison, Jackson and Hancock counties say they’ll be out early today seeing how the ice in melting on key bridges from Biloxi to Ocean Springs and ...

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Holland returns to hospital after surgery to get shunt

PLANTERSVILLE — A longtime state lawmaker was back in a Jackson hospital to have a medical shunt installed to help with drainage from the gallbladder surgery he underwent last week. Democratic Rep. Steve Holland of Plantersville was taken to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson last week after having abdominal pain. The first surgery took about three hours ...

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Lockheed partners with TVA in energy efficiency programs

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — Lockheed Martin is partnering with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to administer commercial and industrial energy efficiency programs aimed at keeping energy costs low for consumers across the Southeast. Lockheed Martin will supply program management, engineering and operations services to TVA and local power companies to deliver energy more efficiently. “Lockheed Martin’s engineering, systems integration and smart ...

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Region still struggling with ice and snow; death toll grows

South Mississippi residents and businesses continue to be impacted by ice and snow, and the death toll has grown. Mississippi authorities say the deaths of five people have been linked to this week’s winter storm. The latest came yesterday when a vehicle struck the back of a stalled tractor-trailer in Smith County, killing one of the passengers in the moving ...

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