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BP pays $5.4M to settle gender bias claims

WASHINGTON — Oil giant BP is paying $5.4 million to settle claims that some of its contractors refused to hire women to help clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says the agreement with BP Exploration & Production Inc. covers female workers in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. […] [...]

1 in 2 new graduates are jobless or underemployed

WASHINGTON — The college class of 2012 is in for a rude welcome to the world of work. A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don’t fully use their skills and knowledge. Young adults with bachelor’s degrees are increasingly scraping by in lower-wage […] [...]

Bryant criminalizes Jackson Women’s Health Organization

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant on Monday signed a law that will put new regulations on the state’s only abortion clinic, starting July 1. The Republican said he’s not bothered by the possibility that the clinic’s owner will sue to try to block the new mandates. “If it closes that clinic, then so be […] [...]

Immigration bill eliminates provisions blocked by federal court

Mississippi apparently won’t be getting a fully Alabma-style anti-immigration bill — at least not if the state Senate goes along with keeping from the final bill certain provisions removed by the House. The House version passed last Thursday could also keep Mississippi from the legal difficulties Alabama encountered earlier this month when the 11th Circuit […] [...]

Mississippi included in Michael Foods egg recall list

MINNETONKA, Minn. — A Minnesota food company is widening its recall of hard-cooked eggs because of a potential for listeria contamination. Michael Foods, of Minnetonka, is recalling eggs in brine sold in 10- and 25-pound pails for institutional use in 34 states. The eggs carry six brand names: Columbia Valley Farms, GFS, Glenview Farms, Papetti’s, […] [...]

Mild temps reduce electricity sales for TVA

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority said a mild winter so far has reduced electricity sales by 5 percent in the first quarter of the fiscal year and will cause the utility to reconsider expenditures for the rest of the year. The utility said in a news release on Friday that its first quarterly […] [...]

Change on Tap? Beer legislation supporters are being cautiously optimistic

Lawmakers and grassroots organizers who have unsuccessfully pushed for legislation to modernize Mississippi’s beer and brewing laws are optimistic their efforts stand a better chance of paying off this session. As he has the past few sessions, Rep. David Baria, D-Bay St. Louis, has filed bills that would increase the state’s alcohol-by-weight limit in beer, […] [...]

J.P. Coleman State Park among winners of transient boat grants

Owners of large boats will soon have more choices for docking their boats for stays of 10 days or less in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas and Louisiana. Recreational parks in the three states are among the dozen winners of the U.S. Department of Interior’s “BIG Grant” competition for more than $7.5 million in grants. The Interior […] [...]

THERE YOU HAVE IT column: Things aren’t cool with cable TV

In my little world, Comcast choked as bad last Monday night as LSU did in getting rolled by Alabama in college football’s national championship showcase. I would loved to have watched the game in the comfort of my living room but Comcast fixed things to make sure I didn’t. My neighbor and his buddies in […] [...]

TVA chief operating officer McCollum to retire

The Tennessee Valley Authority’s chief operating officer, 60-year-old Bill McCollum, says he will retire June 30. McCollum announced his plans in a Wednesday telephone call with reporters. As chief operating officer, McCollum oversees management of power production, transmission, power trading and resource management programs. McCollum said he plans for the next six months to mainly […] [...]

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