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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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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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Louisiana billboards advocating Medicaid expansion spur legal threats from state

March 7, 2014

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Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Mardi Gras celebration has ended and a war with the progressive political group MoveOn.org has begun. MoveOn.org’s lawyers received a cease-and-desist letter from state of Louisiana officials Thursday, one day after the state’s Republican lieutenant governor told the Baton Rouge Advocate that the state would pursue legal action to try to […]

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Oxford unanimously passes pro-LGBT resolution

March 5, 2014

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Oxford has unanimously passed a resolution recognizing the dignity and worth of all city residents – including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender. Oxford joins two other Mississippi cities — Starkville and Hattiesburg — which both passed similar resolutions earlier this year. In response, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin issued the following […]

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Baptist, Methodist ministers join to decry gay discrimination legislation

March 4, 2014

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Five Mississippi Baptist and Methodist pastors have sent a letter to state legislators urging them to keep discriminatory language out of a so-called “Religious Freedom” bill that passed the House in late January and is now before House Judiciary Committee B. An amended version of the bill, SB2681, cleared the House Judiciary Committee B Tuesday […]

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Facing South Report: Remembering Lumumba, America’s ‘revolutionary’ mayor

March 3, 2014

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By Chris Kromm Facing South Writer He was known as “America’s most revolutionary mayor.” Chokwe Lumumba, who died this week at the age of 66, was elected to lead the city of Jackson, Miss. in 2013 with 86 percent of the vote. And in his eight-month tenure, Lumumba earned a reputation for being both practical […]

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Cochran, Wicker join GOP vote to kill far-reaching veterans’ benefits bill

February 28, 2014

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Mississippi’s Sen. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker joined Senate Republican in derailing a bill that would have expended $21 billion to enhance health care, education and job benefits for veterans. The “nea” votes Thursday by Cochran, Wicker and all but two other Senate GOP members brought a harsh response from the American Legion. “I don’t […]

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Gene Taylor, now a Republican, announces bid for 4th congressional district

February 28, 2014

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The Sun Herald has reported that former Congressman Gene Taylor is filing papers today to run as a Republican against incumbent Fourth District Congressman Steven Palazzo-R. Taylor lost to Palazzo in 2010. They will face each other in the June 3 congressional and senate primary. Also on the ballot will be state Sen. Chris McDaniel-R […]

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Travis Childers running for Senate

February 28, 2014

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By Bobby Harrison JACKSON — Travis Childers of Booneville, the former 1st District U.S. representative, announced Friday he is running for the Senate seat held since 1978 by Republican Thad Cochran. Childers, a Democrat, was long-time chancery clerk of Prentiss County before winning a special election in 2008 to replace Roger Wicker in the U.S. […]

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Newest Fla, restaurant trend: Forcing customers to cover Obamacare costs

February 28, 2014

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LAKELAND, Florida — Some Tampa Bay area diners are finding a new charge on their restaurant bills. It’s an extra fee or surcharge for Obamacare, and the restaurant group that started it is based here in Florida, Tampa Bay’s Fox Channel 13 reports. “We wanted to be transparent about it. We didn’t want to hide […]

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