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GOP Sen. Thad Cochran grappling with illness

Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran is continuing to grapple with a urinary tract infection that has delayed a planned return to Washington, his office announced on Monday. The GOP veteran, 79, has been absent from Washington for a month. The announcement by Cochran’s chief of staff Brad White came as Republicans controlling the Senate had hoped to pass a budget measure ...

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Analysis: Wicker praises Trump as ’18 Senate race approaches

Facing a potential Republican primary battle in 2018, U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi is stepping up his praise of President Donald Trump, who won the state with 58 percent of the vote last November. When Trump spoke to the United Nations in September, Wicker said the president “was unapologetically clear and firm about America’s priorities, namely our resolve to ...

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Financials, tech companies lead US stocks slightly higher

  U.S. stocks edged higher in early trading Monday, adding to the market’s five straight weeks of gains. Financial and technology stocks were had some of the biggest gains. Energy companies also rose as crude oil prices climbed. Utilities and real estate stocks lagged. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index added 4 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,557 ...

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Hurst takes office as US Attorney for southern Mississippi

A new chief federal prosecutor for the southern half of Mississippi has taken office. Mike Hurst was sworn in Tuesday in Jackson as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi by U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan. Hurst, the unsuccessful 2015 Republican nominee for Mississippi Attorney General, was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate last week after his June nomination ...

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Mississippi officials seek $50M plant that would hire 300

Officials in a northeast Mississippi city are courting a company they say would invest $50 million and create 300 jobs over four years. West Point selectmen and Clay County supervisors met Tuesday to offer incentives. They tell the Daily Times Leader that the unnamed company would buy a vacant cold storage warehouse and renovate it. Officials are offering 10-year property tax breaks, ...

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Hotel hit by Hurricane Nate will reopen half of rooms Sunday

A Mississippi hotel damaged by Hurricane Nate will reopen half its rooms Sunday. Margaritaville Resort Biloxi spokesman Cono Carana tells news outlets that the storm damaged elevators and escalators. Hotel officials estimate $7.5 million in damage. Carana says two elevators will be repaired, and the hotel will reopen 170 rooms. Its restaurants, rooftop water park and large entertainment center also ...

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AP-NORC Poll: Most don’t want young immigrants deported

Just 1 in 5 Americans want to deport young immigrants brought to the United States as children and now here illegally, the focus of a politically fraught debate between the White House and Congress. Americans also have largely negative opinions about President Donald Trump’s signature immigration pledge to build a wall along the entire U.S.-Mexico border, according to a new ...

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LGBT allies ask U.S. Supreme Court to quash a Mississippi law that lets people refuse service to gay couples

Advocates of same-sex marriage are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a new Mississippi law that lets government workers and business people cite their own religious objections to refuse services to LGBT people. An appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was filed within hours of when the law took effect Tuesday. Legal experts say it’s the broadest religious-objections ...

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TUESDAY MARKETS: Stocks are mixed as household goods makers rise, banks fall

Technology and household goods companies are edging higher while banks and energy companies fall Wednesday morning. That’s leaving U.S. stocks little changed overall. Kroger is jumping after saying it will consider selling its convenience store business. Luxury handbag maker Coach is falling after saying it will change its name to Tapestry. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was ...

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Senator’s plan to raise taxes for transportation maintenance

Mississippi residents could vote on a state lawmaker’s plan that would raise taxes and fees to pay for needed renovations to roads and bridges. Mississippi Central District Transportation Commissioner Dick Hall on Monday announced the bill Republican state Sen. Dean Kirby of Pearl plans to introduce next year, The Clarion-Ledger reports . Kirby’s plan is in draft phase and includes a statewide ...

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