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Mississippi’s key economic indicators show slight strengthening

March 19, 2015

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The performance of Mississippi’s economy in 2015 may hinge on growth in building permits, retail trade and consumer confidence offsetting a slowdown in U.S. manufacturing attributed to a stronger dollar, lower oil prices and bad weather. So say Mississippi state economists in the March issue of Mississippi’s Business, a monthly report on the state’s economy […]

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Rotate Black rotates back with ‘perfect size casino’ plan

March 19, 2015

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GULFPORT — The rocky start for the proposed Hemingway Resort and Casino at the Gulfport Harbor is all in the past, said company CEO John Paulsen. Paulsen said the project is alive and progressing. Since missing the April 1 deadline to show it had the financial backing to build the casino resort, Paulsen tells The […]

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Mississippi vehicle inspection stickers could be eliminated

March 19, 2015

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JACKSON — Mississippi could be poised to eliminate its $5 annual vehicle inspection sticker. The House voted 112-7 Thursday to approve the final version of a bill to wipe out the sticker. It was not immediately clear whether Republican Gov. Phil Bryant would sign House Bill 982. If he does, the sticker requirement would end […]

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Board of Trustees extends contract for Delta State’s president, Bill LaForge

March 19, 2015

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The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning voted recently to extend the contract of Delta State University President William N. LaForge following a careful review of the university under his leadership. According to board minutes, members granted the extensions in a closed meeting on Feb. 17 to Jackson State University’s Carolyn Meyers, […]

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Wicker to vote against attorney general nominee Lynch

March 18, 2015

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JACKSON — Mississippi Republican Sen. Roger Wicker says he will vote against the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as the nation’s next attorney general. Senate Democrats blocked legislation Tuesday to help the victims of human trafficking amid a partisan dispute over abortion that threatens to sink the once-uncontroversial measure. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has put […]

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Job numbers climb, but Mississippi keeps worst jobless rate

March 17, 2015

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JACKSON — Here’s the good news: Mississippi’s job market in January had the strongest month in at least three years. But balance that with the bad: The state remained tied in January with Nevada for the highest unemployment rate of any state, and its struggling recovery has a long way to go before reaching pre-recession […]

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Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. announces release date for third quarter fiscal 2015 results

March 17, 2015

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JACKSON — Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ: CALM) has announced that the Company will release its third quarter fiscal 2015 financial results on Monday, March 30, 2015. A press release will be issued prior to the open of market trading. Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. is primarily engaged in the production, grading, packing and sale of fresh shell eggs, including conventional, cage-free, […]

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Ex-3 Doors Down bassist pleads no contest to second DUI

March 17, 2015

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D’IBERVILLE — The former bassist for 3 Doors Down has pleaded no contest to a second-offense drug-related charge of driving while impaired. Todd Harrell did not appear Monday in D’Iberville. An attorney entered the plea on his behalf. Harrell, 43, is under house arrest in Nashville on a charge of vehicular homicide by intoxication. A […]

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Mississippi Coliseum’s deterioration may cost it MHSAA hoops championship

March 16, 2015

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With the “Big House” in Jackson all but crumbling down, the Mississippi High School Activities Association is considering moving the state basketball championship tournament to Tupelo, Mississippi Coliseum officials say. The 11-day tournament that wrapped up over the weekend drew thousands of fans to the 53-year Mississippi Coliseum. But it also drew the frustration of […]

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Reeves proposes more income tax cuts, bumping total to $550M

March 16, 2015

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JACKSON — Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves says he wants to cut income taxes by a larger amount than he has previously proposed. The Republican says Monday he wants to increase the size of his tax cut to $550 million over 15 years. That would include $300 million in income tax cuts, eliminating the first $350 […]

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