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Treasurer Fitch: Today’s pepaid college program restart will help erase shortfall

March 24, 2014

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By Lynn Fitch The Board of Directors for the College Savings Plans of Mississippi voted Monday to reopen Mississippi’s Prepaid Affordable College Tuition program (MPACT) for new enrollees beginning in fall 2014. The decision to reopen MPACT brings full circle a process the Board and the State Treasurer’s Office began 18 months ago. In 2012, […]

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3-peat for Kings of Moot Court: Ole Miss law students roll up another national title

March 24, 2014

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OXFORD, Mississippi – The University of Mississippi School of Law made history this weekend by grabbing its third moot court national championship this year, the first time the law school has achieved such a milestone. Second-year students David Fletcher of Jackson and Brett Grantham of Corinth, along with third-year Will Widman of Birmingham, won the National Professional Responsibility […]

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Cochran deemed most vulnerable among Senate incumbents in GOP primaries

March 21, 2014

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Mississippi’s Thad Cochran the most likely among Senate GOP incumbents to fall to a Tea Party candidate this cycle? Yep, according to an assessment by political writer Ben Domenech at The Federalist Cochran’s refusal to drink the tea makes him susceptible to a one-way ticket back to Mississippi. The pork takeout stand Cochran has been […]

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Planet Fitness ‘lunk’ views differ in California, Mississippi

March 20, 2014

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RIDGELAND, Mississippi — Most people who join gyms set out to get toned up – or even ripped in their arms, shoulders, midsections and legs. But those body improvements can make others feel inadequate, and in these politically correct times that’s not good for business. At least that’s how the management of a Planet Fitness […]

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Whiskey rebellion looms in Tennessee over Jack Daniels’ protection law

March 20, 2014

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A year-long fight among state legislators over the definition of true Tennessee whiskey is spilling over to the international distilled spirits business, dividing both Tennessee’s powerful whiskey interests and multinational corporations battling for billions of dollars in global market share, the Washington Post reports. For more than a century, distillers around Tennessee have produced whiskey […]

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Toilet seat maker pitching potential buyers as shutdown looms

March 18, 2014

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A bankrupt toilet seat maker which a dozen years ago was Columbus’ largest manufacturing employer has told workers it will close at the end of April if it does not find a buyer by then. But that date announced by Sanderson Plumbing Products may not be as firm as it sounds, said Joe Max Higgins, […]

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CRAWFORD: Most state workers can’t get a break

March 17, 2014

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By Bill Crawford State employees can’t get a break. Well, most can’t. In 2012, Mississippi had 58,135 state employees earning an average salary of $41,870, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. A Pew Charitable Trusts study reported this was significantly higher than the $35,263 average private sector salary in Mississippi. Couple this with the […]

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State jobless rate falls to 7.5%, still trails national average by .9%

March 12, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for January 2014 fell to 7.5 percent—the lowest the state has seen since November 2008, when the rate was also 7.5 percent. Bureau of Labor Statistics figures released Wednesday by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security show . The BLS figures also show that in January 2014, […]

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Delta Furniture expansion to add 50 jobs

March 10, 2014

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PONTOTOC, Mississippi – Upholstered living room furniture manufacturer Delta Furniture Company is expanding operations at its Pontotoc, plant to accommodate an increase in production. The project represents a $520,000 corporate investment and will create 50 new jobs. This will be Delta Furniture’s second expansion in five years in Pontotoc. The Mississippi Development Authority help with […]

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CARTER: Add Cochran, Wicker to list of breakers of promises to veterans

March 7, 2014

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If you think America should stand up for its veterans, please take a moment to read this email blast below. It’s from VoteVets.org and calls out Republican minority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell for his part in leading GOP Senate members last week to filibuster a $21 billion allocation to enhance health care and education benefits […]

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