Archive | January, 2013

State severs some unemployment compensation after jobless rate dips

January 22, 2013

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A sustained drop in Mississippi’s jobless rate has led the state to cut off emergency unemployment compensation to some unemployed workers who had previously qualified for the benefits. The reason: Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate has fallen below the 9 percent level for a three-month period, triggering off Tier 4 Emergency Unemployment Compensation (EUC) benefits. […]

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Regions’ earnings beat estimates as net interest margin widens

January 22, 2013

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Regions Financial (RF) reported fourth-quarter earnings that beat analysts’ estimates as its net interest margin, a gauge of lending profitability, widened, Bloomberg reports. Net income was $265 million, or 18 cents a share, compared with a loss of $548 million, or 48 cents, a year earlier, when the lender posted a non-cash charge tied to […]

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Roe v. Wade at 40 — Interactive Map: America’s Abortion Clinics

January 22, 2013

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The Daily Beast looks at access to abortion services in America, identifying and confirming the location—though not the address—of the country’s remaining 724 clinics, and calculating the distance to the closest clinic in every part of the country. By Michael Keller and Allison Yarrow. In the four decades since Roe v. Wade, states have enacted […]

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What should Gov. Bryant talk about in State of State address?

January 21, 2013

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As he begins his second year in office, Gov. Phil Bryant will talk directly to lawmakers at the State Capitol and to the Mississippi people via broadcast in his annual State of the State address tomorrow evening. We’ve polled our readers and asked them which of four topics they most wanted to hear the governor […]

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Forecaster Forum: Reports that newspapers are dying are greatly exaggerated

January 21, 2013

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When it comes to newspapers, there are two cousins – large metro dailies and community newspapers. The latter includes weeklies and small dailies (publishing three or fewer days a week). Safer and reporters and broadcasters from media giants across the United States and around the world owe it to the public – and to community […]

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Miss. Supreme Court to hear Kemper arguments Jan. 28

January 21, 2013

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MBJ writer Clay Chandler just submitted a story, saying the Mississippi Supreme Court will hear oral argument Jan. 28 related to the Sierra Club’s ongoing legal opposition to Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal plant. >> Read story …  

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“A Time to Kill” play is headed to Broadway

January 18, 2013

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Daryl Roth Productions is developing a live theater version of John Grisham’s book A Time to Kill and the New York City production company has told the Mississippi Business Journal that the play will be coming to Broadway for the first time this fall. The original play by Tony-winning director Rupert Holmes premiered at Arena […]

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Greenville native stars on “American Idol”

January 18, 2013

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Greenville native Courtney Williams has won a spot on this year’s season of “American Idol.” Check out this video to hear her story including her struggle with juvenile diabetes. “I’m the next American Idol because I have what it takes,” Williams says. Last year, Brandon native Skylar Laine made it to the show’s top ten […]

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Rainfall, snow melts improve outlook for Mississippi River navigation

January 18, 2013

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Recent sustained rains and melting snow across the Mississippi Valley will ensure continuing navigation on the Mississippi River through mid-February, even if no additional rain falls between now and Feb. 15, the Army Corps of Engineers says. The period from Jan. 9-13 saw three-eighths inches of rain, with10+ inches locally, over the Ohio River Valley […]

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Huffington Post report portrays Miss. homicide forensics as deeply flawed

January 17, 2013

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The way forensics are handled in the courtroom has become a persistent problem across the country, not just in Mississippi. The one difference in Mississippi has been the obstinacy of state officials to acknowledge the problem, the Huffington Post reports in a lengthy investigative article centered on the investigative and forensics shortcomings involved in the […]

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