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Unemployment keeps rising

State up to 10.5 percent, three are over 20 percent   Mississippians looking for employment continue to far outnumber jobs available, according to the latest figures on unemployment released by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security. The state’s unemployment rate rose to 10.5 percent in July, up from June’s 9.9 percent.  However, the seasonable adjusted rate was 9.7 percent, which ...

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Recession proof

Corporate money keeps flowing in college-football crazed state The economic times in the nation, they are a’changin. Unemployment figures rise and fall and rise again.  Fuel and food prices seem to be strangling the budgets of families in Mississippi and across the nation. But college football is getting set to kick-off and corporate sponsorships for athletic programs at the University ...

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Outside funds still flowing to small college football

MC relies on fundraisers while Delta State counts on ‘pillars of the community’ They may compete week after week away from the glare of the national spotlight, but small college athletic programs in Mississippi still require outside sources of revenue to sustain themselves in difficult economic times. Chris Brooks is not only the sports information director at Mississippi College, he ...

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Eaton gains contract on Russian aircraft

Eaton in Jackson will play major role as hydraulic supplier for New Irkut MC21 aircraft   The Eaton Aerospace facility in Jackson will play a major role as diversified industrial manufacturer, working on the design and manufacture of the hydraulic system for Irkut Corporation’s new MC21 single-aisle aircraft line in Russia.   Eaton’s Aerospace facility in Jackson will play a ...

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Tropical Storm Danny strengthens in the Atlantic

MIAMI — Tropical Storm Danny has strengthened a little in the Atlantic as it moves toward land while Ignacio has been downgraded to a tropical depression far out in the Pacific. Forecasters say people in the Carolinas and northward to New England should monitor Danny’s progress. Danny has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph) early Thursday with slow ...

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Mass. Sen. Edward Kennedy dies at age 77

BOSTON — Sen. Edward M. Kennedy of Mass- achusetts, the last surviving brother in a political dynasty and one of the most influential senators in history, died Tuesday night at his home on Cape Cod after a year-long struggle with brain cancer. He was 77. In nearly 50 years in the Senate, Kennedy served alongside 10 presidents – his brother ...

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Demand crashes CARS filings

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has extended the automobile dealers’ deadline to apply for CARS, or “Cash for Clunkers” because of an overloaded web site. The deadline for actually completing sales (7 p.m. yesterday) was unchanged “Due to an overwhelming demand on the CARS computer system, the deadline for automobile dealers to file applications for rebates has ...

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Sports stars break ground for restaurant

PEARL — The Rankin County Chamber of Commerce and the Pearl Chamber of Commerce recently held a groundbreaking ceremony for Mac and Bones Golf and Grill. Mac and Bones is expected to open in Oct. 2009, and will be located in Pearl across from Ryan’s Family Steak House. The partners in the business include former Ole Miss and New Orleans ...

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‘A culinary destination’

Viking opens cooking school in Ridgeland in latest expansion   A giant in the culinary world last week opened a cooking school in Ridgeland, a budding location for fine eateries. A division of the Greenwood-based Viking Corp., the Viking Culinary Group has opened the Viking Culinary Center, which houses the group’s corporate headquarters, a Viking Cooking School, Everyday Gourmet and ...

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Watkins: Viking Classic worth the wait

Playing month later means PGA tourney isn’t sharing time with others The Viking Classic is more than a month later than it was last year, and Randy Watkins would not have it any other way. “When we got our own date, we moved,” said Watkins, Viking tournament director. “We were supposed to be opposite the President’s Cup, but we got our ...

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