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State jobless rate falls to 7.5%, still trails national average by .9%

JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January 2014 fell to 7.5 percent—the lowest the state has seen since November 2008, when the rate was also 7.5 percent. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures released Wednesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security show . The BLS figures also show that in January 2014, there were 10,000 more jobs ...

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House rejects Senate's teacher pay raise legislation

JACKSON — House and Senate negotiators will meet to discuss differences in their pay raise proposals for Mississippi public school teachers. The move comes after the House rejected a Democratic attempt to agree to the Senate’s pay raise proposal by a 71-50 vote yesterday. Democrats argued that the House should accept the Senate plan because there’s a chance that House ...

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Sale completed, cemetery finally out of receivership

PASCAGOULA — The sale to place Jackson County Memorial Park in Pascagoula back into private ownership has been completed. “This is the end of a long road for Jackson County Memorial Park,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “Putting this cemetery back into private ownership provides stability for this cemetery moving forward. The new owner will be able to provide ...

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Bill repeals law requiring later start to school year

JACKSON — House leaders are giving up on requiring school to start later in August. The House passed Senate Bill 2571 Tuesday, repealing a 2012 law saying public schools can start class no earlier than August’s third Monday. The bill was held for more debate. If House members reject that, it would go to Gov. Phil Bryant for his consideration. ...

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Harper pleased with Senate passage of his bill

JACKSON — Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) is praising U.S. Senate passage of a bill to repeal taxpayer funding for political conventions and to go on record in support of devoting $126 million over the coming decade for additional research into pediatric cancer and other childhood disorders. Harper was a co-author of the bill in the House. It passed the Senate ...

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Bill passes requiring more oversight of troubled DMR

BILOXI — A plan to reorganize the scandal-plagued Department of Marine Resources (DMR) and require that it be audited every year is moving forward. House members passed an amended version of Senate Bill 2579 Tuesday, returning it to the Senate for more work. Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, persuaded House members to amend the bill, taking out a provision ...

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Contractors get chilled by winter weather

Commercial contractors around the nation continue to struggle to find work, and this year’s terrible weather has not helped them. Nonresidential construction spending declined for the second consecutive month, falling 0.3 percent in January, but is up 6.5 percent over the past year, according to a March 3 release by the U.S. Census Bureau. Spending for the month totaled $578.7 ...

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