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Mississippi exports hit $11.4 billion

February 26, 2015

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Special to the MBJ Merchandise exports from Mississippi hit $11.4 billion in 2014, the U.S. Commerce Department said in release on Thursday. That was down from $12.4 billion in 2013, but the state’s 2014 total for goods and services helped the nation achieve a record of $2.35 trillion. Goods exports from Mississippi supported an estimated 51,000 U.S. jobs in […]

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Ocean Springs doctor named district health officer

February 26, 2015

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OCEAN SPRINGS — The Mississippi State Department of Health has named an Ocean Springs pediatrician as the replacement for longtime District IX Health Officer Robert Travnicek, who retired in 2013. The Sun Herald reports D’Ette Lorio will serve has as the district health officer for Pearl River, Stone, George, Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties. Lorio […]

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USM gets approval to buy new research vessel

February 26, 2015

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HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi is buying a new research vessel. The State College Board on Wednesday approved the project Wednesday on purchase of the “Point Sur” vessel from the San Jose State University Research Foundation for $1 million. Funding came in a grant from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. The vessel […]

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McDaniel seeking 3rd term in Mississippi Senate

February 26, 2015

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JACKSON — Chris McDaniel, a tea party-backed Republican who lost a U.S. Senate race last year, says he’s seeking re-election to the Mississippi Legislature. The 43-year-old attorney from Ellisville said Thursday that he will run for a third term in state Senate. He’s the first candidate in District 42, entirely in Jones County. Friday is […]

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Second Harrison County supervisor indicted for corruption

February 26, 2015

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GULFPORT — A Harrison County supervisor who is facing federal indictment is now a fugitive. Supervisor William Martin was scheduled be in federal court in Gulfport at 11 a.m. Thursday. When he did not appear, a federal magistrate issued a warrant for his arrest. The federal indictment against Martin remains sealed. Jim Davis, Martin’s attorney, […]

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District attorney and state senator enter congressional race

February 26, 2015

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JACKSON — A prosecutor and a state senator have entered a special congressional election in north Mississippi. Trent Kelly, who is district attorney in Lee, Pontotoc, Alcorn, Monroe, Itawamba, Prentiss and Tishomingo counties, announced his candidacy Thursday. Republican state Sen. Nancy Collins of Tupelo said Wednesday that she’s running. Republican Rep. Chris Brown of Aberdeen […]

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Lawsuit settled over allegation bullying of gay students

February 25, 2015

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JACKSON — The Southern Poverty Law Center has announced a settlement of its federal lawsuit alleging that gay students were routinely bullied in a south Mississippi school district. In a statement Wednesday, the law center says the Moss Point School District has agreed to adopt and implement new anti-bullying and discrimination policies and procedures, as […]

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Defying GOP, Obama vetoes Keystone XL pipeline bill

February 24, 2015

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WASHINGTON — Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. Obama offered no indication of whether he’ll eventually issue a permit for the pipeline, whose construction has become a flashpoint in […]

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Hernando mayor running for transportation commissioner

February 24, 2015

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JACKSON — Hernando Mayor Chip Johnson has qualified to run for northern district transportation commissioner. Johnson filed papers Tuesday at the Mississippi Republican Party headquarters in Jackson. He is challenging fellow Republican Mike Tagert of Starkville, who has been commissioner since 2011. The district covers the northern one-third of the state. No Democrat has yet […]

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Phishing scam targets Apple users

February 24, 2015

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A classic scam is now targeting Apple users, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today. The very common “phishing” scam is constantly being revised by con artists to target a larger pool of potential victims.  Currently, scammers are using emails to target Apple users by falsely claiming that your Apple ID, iCloud or iTunes account has […]

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