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Neshoba Democrat spotlights McDaniel's bush league Senate record

The weekly Neshoba Democrat has put forth some strong reporting in compiling information on why state Sen. Chris McDaniel is an inferior choice for the U.S. Senate. In short, the Democrat says, McDaniel’s Senate work over his six years in the body is that of a lightweight whose legislative efforts consisted mainly of trying in vain to get specialty car ...

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BOBBY HARRISON: GOP leaders have a more nuanced message now

Maybe it is not a Paul on the road to Damascus moment, but many Mississippi Republican leaders have experienced an epiphany during the hotly contested U.S. Senate primary elections. For years in Mississippi, the Republican mantra from the top on down is that the federal government is bad and, if only the federal government were run like Mississippi, then everything ...

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State's consumers in line for payments under SunTrust settlement

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says Mississippi consumers will be eligible for payments under a settlement between 48 states, the federal government and SunTrust. The U.S. Justice Department said yesterday the $968-million settlement resolves allegations that SunTrust underwrote and provided faulty mortgage loans. The federal government accused SunTrust of giving borrowers false and misleading information and charging unauthorized fees. ...

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City council approves bonds for crumbling water, sewer system

GULFPORT — City of Gulfport officials say the proceeds of a $30-million bond approved yesterday by the city council will go specifically toward projects in the city’s 2013 water and sewer master plan. “As the public is well aware, Gulfport has a very bad deteriorating water and sewer system. We have pipes that are collapsing. We have homes that have ...

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Highway Patrol gets Mississippi-made Airbus helicopter

COLUMBUS and JACKSON — Captain Ron Kelly of the Mississippi Highway Patrol Air Wing recently accepted delivery of a Mississippi-made Airbus Helicopters Inc. AS350 B3e AStar, produced for the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS). Kelly, commander of the Highway Patrol Air Wing, said the AS350 B3e, which was built in Columbus, was clearly the best aircraft for the department’s ...

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Deadline approaching for SBA assistance to storm victims

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration reminds homeowners, renters, businesses and non-profit organizations in Mississippi of the deadline to submit disaster loan applications for damages caused by the severe storms, tornadoes, and flooding between April 28-May 3. The deadline to apply for a physical damage disaster loan is June 30. The SBA encourages residents and business owners to ...

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PMI shows state's manufacturing sector expanding

Manufacturing activity in the Southeast is still growing at a healthy level in spite of its first decline in the last three months, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) report released today by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business. The Southeast PMI decreased 3.4 points to 59.8, while the National PMI ...

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Cochran reaches out to unions, blacks for runoff votes

WASHINGTON — Six-term Republican Sen. Thad Cochran is trying to survive an intense tea party challenge in Mississippi by reaching out to union members and black voters — two groups that traditionally support Democrats. But he risks a backlash from conservatives ready to support his opponent, state Sen. Chris McDaniel. Even as Cochran is running TV ads aimed at conservatives ...

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Trustee wants to hire Maryland firm to sell frac sand facility, mine

PICAYUNE — Richard W. Cryar, as Chapter 11 trustee for Alliance Consulting Group, LLC, has filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Mississippi to hire Heritage Equity Partners (HEP) of Easton, Md., to seek a buyer for a recently built frac sand dry processing plant in conjunction with a nearby wet sand mine. Both ...

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Health Department investigating state's first potential case of chikungunya

JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health is investigating its first potential case of chikungunya (chik-en-gun-ye) virus, a mosquito-borne illness traditionally found in Africa and Asia. State health officials said yesterday that a Mississippi resident who recently returned from Haiti may have the illness. Symptoms include fever, muscle and joint pain and joint swelling. Deaths are rare, but officials ...

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