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Bill would ban government contracting with Iran-linked firms

January 29, 2015

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JACKSON — Some House lawmakers want to ban Mississippi’s state and local governments from contracting with anyone who does business with Iran’s oil and gas industry. The House Appropriations Committee Thursday passed House Bill 1127, sending it to the full House for more debate. The bill bans contracting with any firm that sells $20 million […]

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Senate committee proposes 27-member Common Core commission

January 29, 2015

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JACKSON — Senators are considering a 27-member commission to suggest changes to the state’s academic standards as part of an effort to change or replace Mississippi’s current Common Core-based standards. The Senate Education Committee voted 10-3 Thursday to approve Senate Bill 2161, which would set up the commission to recommend changes to the state Board […]

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State Rep. Aldridge, R-Tupelo, not seeking re-election

January 29, 2015

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TUPELO — Republican state Rep. Brian Aldridge of Tupelo says he’s not running this year for a fourth term in the Mississippi House. WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports that Aldridge discussed his decision Wednesday. He represents House District 17, located entirely in Lee County. He has served in the House since 2004. Last December, the Mississippi […]

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Portion of Highway 25 to be named for former Mississippi State president

January 28, 2015

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The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is honored to announce that the Mississippi Legislature passed a bill that will designate a section of Mississippi Highway 25 as the “Dr. Donald W. Zacharias Memorial Highway.” House Bill 615 designates and names a stretch of Mississippi Highway 25 in Oktibbeha County (beginning at its intersection with Old […]

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Mississippi Farmers Market begins 2015 shopping season

January 28, 2015

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JACKSON — The Mississippi Farmers Market will kick off the 2015 shopping season this Saturday, Jan. 31, with a selection of cold-weather crops. Through the utilization of high tunnels and greenhouses, farmers are able to offer customers a wide variety of crops earlier in the season. Farmers will be selling Mississippi-grown radishes, beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, […]

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Newk’s Eatery announces new Tampa Bay-area development agreement

January 28, 2015

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JACKSON — Newk’s Eatery, the fast-casual restaurant known for its culinary-driven menu and open kitchen, has announced a new development agreement with franchisee Aeolus Group. The multi-unit operators have committed to open 11 Newk’s locations in the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Lakeland and Clearwater markets in Florida. The agreement is part of Newk’s growth plans that include opening nearly 30 new company-owned and franchised locations […]

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Trustmark Corporation announces 2014 financial results

January 28, 2015

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JACKSON — Trustmark Corporation (NASDAQ:TRMK) reported net income of $28.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2014, which represented diluted earnings per share of $0.42. For the full year 2014, net income totaled $123.6 million, which resulted in diluted earnings per share of $1.83, an increase of 4.6% from the prior year. Trustmark’s performance during 2014 produced […]

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Romney jabs Clinton in Mississippi speech

January 28, 2015

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WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney is renewing his pledge to fight for the poor and middle class in a speech that questions Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton’s foreign policy and economic credentials. The 2012 Republican presidential nominee will appear at Mississippi State University Wednesday evening. It marks Romney’s third public appearance since he signaled interest in a […]

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Shuckers could bring Cuban teams to play in Biloxi this year

January 28, 2015

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BILOXI — The owner of the minor league Biloxi Shuckers is planning to bring a Cuban baseball team in to play some exhibition games. Team owner Tim Bennett said he is meeting with delegates from Cuba on Thursday to discuss the games. “The goal would be to get one or two teams to come to […]

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Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership annual meeting is Wednesday

January 27, 2015

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The Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership (GJCP) will host its 2014 annual meeting from 11:30 a.m. 6to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Jackson Convention Complex. Investors, volunteers and the general public will receive updates on the progress of the Partnership’s recent strategic plan initiatives for the Greater Jackson area.  Chairman Andy Taggart, Chairman-Elect David Gates and […]

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