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US gains 252K jobs; unemployment rate falls to 5.6 pct.

January 9, 2015

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WASHINGTON — The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble. The Labor Department said Friday that employers added 252,000 […]

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Drones at CES: Sky’s the Limit

January 8, 2015

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LAS VEGAS — When you’re searching for the hottest gadgets on the floor of this year’s consumer electronics show, be sure to look up. For the first time ever, there’s an International CES section dedicated to drones. More than 20 companies are showing off dozens of different models. “People have been saying the drones are […]

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Tea party official in Cochran photos case apparently commits suicide

June 27, 2014

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RIDGELAND, Mississippi — A tea party official charged with conspiring to take photos of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran’s wife inside a nursing home apparently committed suicide Friday, police said, days after Cochran won a nasty Republican primary. The body of attorney Mark Mayfield was found Friday morning in the garage of his two-story, brick home in […]

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Court: White man victim of discrimination; upholds $82K verdict

June 12, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — A federal appeals court has upheld an $82,000 award to a white attorney who argued he was a victim of discrimination by the black-majority Greenwood Leflore Hospital board. George Dulin argued he was pushed out of his job as the hospital board’s attorney in 2006 because of his race. He was awarded […]

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Economic growth slows in Mississippi in 2013

June 11, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — New figures show that Mississippi’s economy grew by 1.6 percent in 2013. Gross domestic product numbers released Wednesday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis try to measure all of the economic output of each state. Mississippi’s 2013 growth rate was below the national average of 1.8 percent, and ranked 29th among the […]

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Ron Paul backs tea party challenger in Miss. race

June 9, 2014

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WASHINGTON — Former presidential candidate Ron Paul on Monday added his name to the list of tea party supporters of Chris McDaniel’s effort to deny longtime Republican Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi a seventh term. McDaniel and Cochran were heading toward a June 24 runoff that illustrates the split within the GOP between its anti-establishment, […]

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Bryant: Critical to keep Dole at port

June 6, 2014

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GULFPORT — Dole Foods Chairman and CEO David Murdock says he won’t sign a new lease with the Port of Gulfport until he sees more progress on the $570 million West Pier restoration, an expansion funded by federal Hurricane Katrina relief money. Murdock, 91, was on the Mississippi coast Thursday for the celebration of Dole’s […]

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Judge orders former Southaven mayor to pay $73K

May 20, 2014

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Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis was ordered Tuesday to repay $73,000 for misusing city funds for trips, expensive dinners and clothing. Hinds County Chancery Judge Dewayne Thomas ruled that Davis is liable for the full amount sought by State Auditor Stacey Pickering. “This investigation began more than three years ago, and we have remained committed […]

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Grant to create up to 420 tornado recovery jobs

May 16, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — The U.S. Labor Department is sending up to $6 million to Mississippi to pay for unemployed people to help with recovery and cleanup from the April 28 tornadoes. The money, being sent to the Mississippi Department of Employment Security, could create as many as 420 temporary jobs. The federal government said Friday […]

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Mississippi job market improves slightly in April

May 16, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi’s unemployment rate fell to 7.5 percent in April, as more people found jobs despite a falling labor force. A separate survey showed employers added 5,000 people to their payrolls in April, reversing four months of declines. Both sets of figures — adjusted to cancel out seasonal changes — were released Friday […]

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