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Jobs coming to Mississippi, furniture company expands

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WREN — United Furniture Industries is moving its distribution operations to the former Lane Furniture Industries distribution facility in Wren. The company says 50 employees will be hired in Wren while another 50 will be hired at United’s factories in Amory, Nettleton and Okolona. Tuesday’s announcement comes five months after United opened a new manufacturing plant in Verona. The facility ...

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(UPDATED) Reeves shoots back at Gunn — Voters could decide Mississippi flag design

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JACKSON — Mississippi voters, not lawmakers, should decide whether to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Tuesday. Reeves, who presides over the state Senate, spoke about the issue a day after Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn called the emblem offensive and said the state flag should change. Mississippi voters decided by a ...

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DAVID DALLAS: A Mission of Love to End Racism

Auburn Sandstrom cries while praying at a sidewalk memorial in memory of the shooting victims in front of Emanuel AME Church, Monday, June 22, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.  A week of funerals lie ahead for victims of the Charleston church massacre that killed nine people. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Afew months ago, I started attending Mission Mississippi meetings in my home county. Hosted by different churches and community groups each month, the mission of these prayer groups is to encourage and demonstrate unity across racial and denominational lines. The hope is that communities throughout Mississippi will see practical evidence of the Gospel message among a diverse group of believers. ...

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Fastest rising rents in US? Jackson, Mississippi

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WASHINGTON — Home rental prices are climbing across much of the United States — with the biggest gains coming from not from New York or San Francisco but Jackson, Mississippi, and Portland, Maine. Real estate data firm Zillow said Tuesday that prices nationally climbed a seasonally adjusted 4.3 percent in May from a year ago. Rents still are rising at ...

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Job seekers push Mississippi unemployment rate to 6.7 percent

The Associated Press With people flooding into Mississippi’s labor force, the state’s job market couldn’t quite keep up in May. Mississippi’s unemployment rate crept up to 6.7 percent from 6.6 percent in April, ending five straight months of falling joblessness rates. The number of people who told surveyors they had a job increased by more than 6,000, but the unemployment ...

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Delta faces down a threat to water sustainability

One Delta:  From Problem to Solution

Mississippi would never be mistaken for California, but there is at least one thing they share. Each lays claim as among the most fertile and productive growing regions in the world. California’s Central Valley is about 450 miles long and 60 miles wide at the most. It looks like a large cucumber. Mississippi’s Delta, 200 miles long and 70 miles ...

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Canton drugstore — the state’s oldest — is pioneer in walk-in video health care clinics

Nurse practitioner Heather Mangum, telehealthONE's chief nursing officer talks via computer with patient technician Jae Erickson  at the telehealthONE Canton clinic.

Mississippi’s oldest drug store is the launching pad for one of the state’s newest healthcare endeavors. Mosby’s Drug Store, founded in Canton by three Mosby brothers in 1843, is the first in a string of walk-in telehealth clinics that telehealthONE will put in rural parts of Mississippi in the coming months and years. It’s a new avenue for Mississippi-based telehealthONE ...

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Completion expected late this year for One Eastover Center, with hotel to follow

A Residence Inn by Marriott is the hotel element of the more than half-million square foot District at Eastover mixed-use development.

The end of 2015 will see completion of the office building component of Jackson’s District at Eastover followed a few months later by completion of a neighboring Residence Inn by Marriot, developers say. Construction has started on the hotel component of the $150 million District at Eastover mixed-use development at Interstate 55 and Eastover Drive. Developers say the four-story, 95-suite ...

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UPDATE: Spike in Mississippi egg prices will come, experts say

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If the price of eggs at your favorite grocery in Mississippi hasn’t taken a big jump, just wait. The Mississippi poultry industry has thus far escaped the outbreak of avian flu that has devastated flocks in the Midwest, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Forty-seven million birds have been destroyed because of the virus, with Iowa leading the way ...

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George Marx seeking lighter regulatory load for Mississippi banks as MBA chief

Mississippi’s banks withstood the blows of the last decade’s national banking crisis far better than many of their counterparts across the country. But it’s unclear how well they will withstand the regulatory consequences of the crisis. Career banker George Marx is trying to make sense of it all has he begins his year as chairman of the Mississippi Bankers Association. ...

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