Archive | January, 2014

Carter: If wondering who is paying the freight in Mississippi, check this out

January 31, 2014

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Here is something for Mississippians to think about when they plop down an extra $7 at the grocery store as state sales tax on a purchase of $100 in food: The Mississippi House Ways & Means Committee passed a bill Thursday that would restrict the state’s ability to keep companies from sheltering their income from […]

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Several hundred Miss. businesses will be affected by Obama’s minimum wage hike order

January 31, 2014

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By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Some of Mississippi’s 350 businesses with $161 million in current federal contracts will be affected by President Barack Obama’s plans to increase minimum pay per hour by 39 percent for employees paid with federal money. But just how many state businesses currently contracting with the federal government and […]

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New Belgium Brewing brands available in Mississippi March 3

January 31, 2014

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New Belgium Brewing will make Mississippi its 37th state of distribution on March 3, according to a news release from the Fort Collins, Colo.-based brewer. Brands immediately available will include Fat Tire, Ranger IPA, Snapshot Wheat, Shift, Trippel, 1554, Summer Helles and some Lips of Faith brands. Wholesale partners across the state include: -Capital City […]

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Former Stone County Economic Development Partnership executive director indicted

January 31, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Jay Paul Gumm, former executive director of the Stone County Economic Development Partnership, was indicted Thursday on one count of felony embezzlement, according to a release today from State Auditor Stacey Pickering.  Gumm was previously arrested on August 16, 2013 for embezzlement. As Executive Director, Gumm embezzled over $24,000.00, Pickering’s release said. […]

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Post Office mulls financial services to unbanked and under-banked

January 30, 2014

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The United States Postal Service may expand its financial services beyond money orders and remittances, the Credit Union Times reported Thursday. “More than a quarter of Americans live partially or completely without access to mainstream financial services and are often forced to rely on costly services like payday loans or check cashing to cover their […]

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Cold winter has been hard on Southern crawfish farmers

January 30, 2014

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People planning Super Bowl crawfish boils may be out of luck. Farmers say cold has kept crawfish scarce all winter, and now many ponds are iced over. The prolonged cold also means crawfish aren’t eating and are likely to be smaller than normal at the peak of crawfish season, said farmer David Savoy of Church […]

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61.9% of Mississippi households on the brink of financial devastation, report says

January 30, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Despite an improving national economy, 61.9 percent of Mississippians are in a persistent state of financial insecurity, according to a report released today by the Corporation for Enterprise Development. The number of households who have little or no savings to cover emergencies or to start building a better life has increased from […]

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Newtown mom to speak at Jackson State

January 30, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Scarlett Lewis, a Newtown, Conn., mother whose son was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, will be among the featured speakers during the Mississippi Child Welfare Institute at Jackson State University, held Feb. 12-14 at the Marriott Hotel, 200 E. Amite St. The theme of the 12th Annual Conference is […]

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Region still struggling with ice and snow; death toll grows

January 30, 2014

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South Mississippi residents and businesses continue to be impacted by ice and snow, and the death toll has grown. Mississippi authorities say the deaths of five people have been linked to this week’s winter storm. The latest came yesterday when a vehicle struck the back of a stalled tractor-trailer in Smith County, killing one of […]

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Pangasius exporters upset Cochran beat back repeal of catfish inspection rule

January 29, 2014

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The new five-year farm bill the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate compromised on this week  failed to cut out the U.S. catfish inspection program, putting a barrier on catfish imports into the United States. As written into the 2008 Farm Bill, the $14 million per year program would assign inspection of catfish imports to […]

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