Archive | November, 2013

Winter weather expected this morning in Delta

November 25, 2013

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MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for three Delta counties that runs through noon today. The highest chance for ice accumulation is between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. this morning in Bolivar, Sunflower and Washington counties. A few hundredths of an inch is expected, mainly on elevated roadways […]

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BOBBY HARRISON: Dynamics of U.S. Senate race take shape in Mississippi

November 22, 2013

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By Bobby Harrison JACKSON, Mississippi — In recent years, Republicans’ efforts to take over the United States Senate have been thwarted at least in part by the ultra-conservative wing of the party – i.e., the Tea Party. In Nevada, Delaware, Missouri, Indiana, Alaska, to name a few, the Republicans have lost what at one time were […]

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State Department: North Korea confirms it is holding American

November 22, 2013

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WASHINGTON — The State Department said Friday that North Korea acknowledges it is holding an American citizen but hasn’t granted diplomats consular access so the person’s identity is not yet confirmed. Expectation is that it will be Merrill Newman of California. The 85-year old Korean War veteran’s family says he was detained at the end […]

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UMMC’s Landmark purchase gets IHL nod

November 22, 2013

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A large user for the long-vacant Landmark Center on Capitol Street would inject some much-needed vitality into downtown Jackson, Central Business District leaders say.

A sizable chunk of downtown Jackson’s vacant office space will soon move to the occupied side of the ledger with the University of Mississippi Medical Center’s planned purchase of the Landmark Center. The two-year-wait for an occupant for the 366,500 square-foot building at the corner of Capitol and Lamar streets ended Thursday with UMMC getting […]

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REBUILDING — Miss. leads nation in construction job growth

November 22, 2013

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Mississippi’s construction industry finally has hard figures that show it is rebounding. In fact, the state tops the nation in construction employment growth. According to numbers released by the Associated General Contractors, from October 2012 to October 2013, Mississippi added 9,300 construction jobs and posted a gain of 19.1 percent, number one in the U.S. […]

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BILL CRAWFORD: There is no political will to fix PERS

November 22, 2013

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By Bill Crawford Ask your favorite state or local officials if they have seen this statement: “A contribution rate of 16.29% of active members’ compensation for the 2014/2015 fiscal year would be needed in order to keep the anticipated accrued liability payment within 30 years in accordance with GASB Statements 25 and 27.” It’s at […]

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Hunters can expect to see bigger bucks as gun season opens

November 22, 2013

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This could be the Year of the Trophy Buck in Mississippi. Mississippi’s white-tailed deer hunting season with guns opens Saturday and runs through Dec. 1. Hunting with dogs is allowed during this season. According to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, the state’s whitetail deer herd is smaller than it was last year […]

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BCBS of Mississippi maintaining non-Obamacare compliant policies

November 21, 2013

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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi is not following the lead of BCBS of Alabama in cancelling health plans not in compliance with the Affordable Care Act. In a statement Thursday morning, the health care insurer said it did not cancel any health plans due to the Jan. 1, 2014 PPACA requirements. “ Instead, […]

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Need a pedicab? Head to Oxford

November 21, 2013

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Ever seen those pedal-powered rickshaws in Asia and wondered what it would be like to ride in one? Well, don’t update your passport — you will soon have the chance to grab one in Oxford. Oxford aldermen have amended the city’s taxi cab ordinance to allow pedicabs, also known as cycle rickshaws, which transport passengers […]

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School officials welcome insurance-less Santa

November 21, 2013

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It is not an easy job being Santa Claus. It’s full of risks, and the Jolly Old Elf is sometimes faced with having to carry insurance. But St. Nick is getting a break this year — at least when he visits schoolchildren in one North Mississippi county. For this holiday season, DeSoto County school officials […]

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