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Union opposing planned affiliation of UMMC and HMA

JACKSON — A group touting itself as the nation’s largest health care union is taking issue with the planned affiliation between Health Management Associates and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. In news release, the Service Employees International Union contends HMA “wants to partner with UMC to obtain a share of special Medicare payments reserved […] [...]

Unemployment rate falls below 10 percent for first time since 2009

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell to 9.9 percent in January, as the number of people with jobs rose. It’s the first time unemployment has dipped below 10 percent in the state since September 2009. The jobless rate was down from 10.4 percent in December and 10.5 percent in January 2011. Despite the decrease, […] [...]

House votes down bill allowing employees to receive tax breaks

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has rejected a bill to let businesses pass some tax breaks to individual employees. House Bill 1264 needed 71 votes, but only got 67. House Ways and Means chairman Jeff Smith says he plans to bring back the bill to try to pass it. Democrats objected to the expense, and […] [...]

Bryant supports immigration-enforcement bill; dismisses critics

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said yesterday he supports an immigration-enforcement bill working its way through the state Legislature, and he dismissed critics’ contention that it could lead to racial profiling of Hispanics. “This law applies to everyone, not just to people who are south of us or Hispanic by descent. But look at […] [...]

Milwaukee Electric Tool building new distribution facility

OLIVE BRANCH — Milwaukee Electric Tool, manufacturer of portable electric power tools and accessories, is expanding its presence in north Mississippi by constructing a new, larger distribution center in Olive Branch. The project represents a company investment of $8 million and will create 25 new jobs, according to the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA). “The new […] [...]

Landrum: Bill would mean loss of jobs at mental health facilities

JACKSON — The chairman of the state Board of Mental Health says if the Legislature goes ahead with present budget proposals, it could mean the loss of jobs at facilities across Mississippi. Robert Landrum of Ellisville, the mental health board chairman, told Jones County supervisors this week that budget cuts before the Legislature would reduce […] [...]

Protestors gather at Capitol; call immigration-enforcement bill ‘inhumane’

JACKSON — About 100 people, including immigrants with small children, yesterday gathered at the Mississippi Capitol to protest an immigration-enforcement bill that many called unfair and inhumane. The bill is similar to a law enacted in Alabama in 2011, including provisions that would require schools to check students’ immigration status. Alabama’s law is considered one […] [...]

Koppers Holding closing plant; nearly 50 left jobless

GRENADA — Koppers Holdings Inc., which produces carbon compounds and wood treatment products, says it will close a facility in Grenada because of low levels of profitability that show no signs of future improvement. Pittsburgh-based Koppers said in a news release that the wood treating plant in Grenada, which employed about 46 people, shut down […] [...]

Howard reaches tentative settlement in discrimination lawsuit

LAUREL — Court records say a Mississippi company that was the target of the largest U.S. workplace raid on illegal immigrants has reached a tentative settlement in a discrimination lawsuit by four black women who claimed the company gave preferential treatment to Latinos. The lawsuit claimed one of the plaintiffs applied for a job at […] [...]

GE to open plants, hire 5,000 veterans

ELLISVILLE — General Electric Co. plans to hire 5,000 veterans over the next five years and invest $580 million to expand its aviation business. The announcements today were part of a four-day event that the global conglomerate is hosting with partners in Washington, D.C., that focuses on issues such as manufacturing and job creation in […] [...]

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