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Brain surgery affects Nunnelee's speech, mobility

HOUSTON, Texas — Brain surgery on a Republican congressman from north Mississippi has at least temporarily harmed his ability to talk and move the left side of his body. Rep. Alan Nunnelee of Tupelo had surgery Monday at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, to remove a small mass on his brain. Today, Nunnelee’s office ...

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Protesters possible at New York picnic over religious freedom law

NEW YORK — Opponents of a Mississippi law could be like ants at the state’s annual New York picnic. Those protesting the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which takes effect July 1, say it could sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians. Oxford chef John Currence and others will host a Big Gay Mississippi Welcome Table dinner tomorrow in New York. ...

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Comcast awarding scholarships to 14 Mississippi students

Comcast will present 14 scholarships to Mississippi students Saturday as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program at the Soul City Showcase at the Jackson Convention Complex, 105 E. Pascagoula St. Receiving awards at the 4:30 p.m. ceremony are Kierra Hawkins of Jackson, Shanice Dowdy of Red Bank, Cory Snow of Southaven, Quamia Glover of Jackson, Alexis Ester ...

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NY Times: Tunica's casino closing impacts more than gambling

Apparently, Mississippi’s successful venture into the casino industry 20 years ago was so outstanding that it ultimately led to the industry unraveling in the Tunica market — once the third-largest casino market in the country. “No one knew in 1993 or 1994 what it was going to be like, and then Mississippi showed the world that it could be a ...

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Scientists studying new pesticide-application recommendations

STONEVILLE — Researchers at the Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center believe a new research project can help farmers reduce their number of pesticide applications without reducing peanut yield. Jeff Gore, an Extension entomologist and assistant research professor with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station at the MSU Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, said Mississippi ...

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Appeals Court upholds attorney's discrimination award

GREENWOOD — A federal appeals court has upheld an $82,000 award to a white attorney who argued he was a victim of discrimination by the black-majority Greenwood Leflore Hospital board. George Dulin argued he was pushed out of his job as the hospital board’s attorney in 2006 because of his race. He was awarded $82,000 by a federal jury in ...

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Judge Brown's investiture to be held in Greenville

GREENVILLE — An investiture ceremony will be held for U.S. District Judge Debra M. Brown on June 20 in Greenville. The ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Washington County Convention Center. Brown is the first African American woman to serve as a federal judge in Mississippi. She presides over cases in the Northern District of Mississippi in Greenville. ...

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Biologists alarmed as deadly bat disease fungus identified in state

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The fungus that causes a deadly bat disease has been found for the first time in Mississippi, though the disease itself hasn’t been found. State conservation biologist Kathy Shelton says the fungus was in samples collected during the winter from both hibernating bats and their roosts. The disease, called white-nose syndrome, has killed 5.7 million bats in ...

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Sen. McConnell hosts Cochran fundraiser that takes in $825,000

WASHINGTON — Six-term incumbent Thad Cochran is getting a campaign finance boost from the top Senate Republican, while tea party challenger Chris McDaniel continues telling voters that Cochran is failing to fight President Barack Obama’s policies. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hosted a fundraiser that collected $825,000 for Cochran on Tuesday at the National Republican Senatorial Committee building in Washington. ...

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