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Stock indexes edge higher in early trading

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U.S. stock markets are slightly higher in a quiet start to Wednesday trading as energy companies rise with the price of oil. Phone and utility companies are slipping. Beer makers AB InBev and Molson Coors are rising after SABMiller’s shareholders approved the $103 billion deal that will combine InBev with SABMiller, forming the world’s largest brewe. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow ...

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Aviation museum ready to take flight in Gulfport

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The Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum finally has a home. The Sun Herald reports the Gulfport City Council has agreed to a lease a former furniture store building to the John C. Robinson Brown Condor Association. The association is named for a Gulfport native who was at one time the most famous black aviator in the world and father of the ...

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Who funds campaigns? Mississippi eases into searchable info

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Mississippi is becoming the last state to allow electronic filing of campaign finance reports, a step toward easier public access to information about who is spending money to influence elections. The National Institute on Money in State Politics says all other states already had either mandatory or voluntary electronic filing of finance reports. Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann launched ...

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State economist: Mississippi economy grows, but lags US

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A late summer pickup in job growth could boost Mississippi’s economic output for 2017, state economist Darrin Webb said Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean the Magnolia State’s economy is off to the races. Webb told an audience at Millsaps College that the state appears to be on track for its overall economic output to expand for the first back-to-back years ...

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Banks tumble with interest rates, leading a US stock slide

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U.S. stocks are slumping Monday and banks are taking the biggest losses. Shares of Deutsche Bank hit an all-time low and interest rates are moving lower. Pfizer is pulling drugmakers down after it announced it won’t break up into two companies. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average lost 153 points, or 0.8 percent, to 18,107 as of 3:15 p.m. ...

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Polo Custom Products expanding in Louisville, creating 30 Jobs

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Polo Custom Products is expanding operations in Louisville, investing $150,000 and creating 30 jobs. Polo Custom Products’ Louisville manufacturing facility specializes in custom sewing, film and fabric welding and custom fabric and foam thermoformed products. The company’s expansion will accommodate the addition of new business contracts, as well as growth with several of their long-term customers. “We are pleased to have ...

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Analysis: As prison closes, state still reckons with debt

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If you’ve got to keep paying for something, you might as well use it. That, more than anything, might be the logic behind the announcement from Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Marshall Fisher last week that the state prison system intends to seek new uses for the recently closed Walnut Grove Correctional Facility. Fisher said last week saying the department is considering ...

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Ohio shopping center company buys Lakeland Commons

Ohio shopping center company buys Lakeland Commons

  By TED CARTER A Beachwood, Ohio shopping center company is the new owner of Lakeland Commons, a 460,000 square-foot retail center situated in the heart of Flowood’s thriving retail market along Lakeland Drive. The acquisition is the first in Mississippi for Chase Properties Ltd., which has retail centers in the Midwest, and the Southern and Eastern United States. The ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Mississippi needs more private sector jobs to get off bottom

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For decades the U.S. Census Bureau has published data on income and poverty. Related news stories have consistently focused on Mississippi’s humble rankings. Just released statistics show Mississippi continues to be the poorest state with the highest poverty rate.   When stories about this hit the media, Gov. Phil Bryant’s director of communications, Clay Chandler, wrote this in an email ...

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Gulfport meeting unleashes flood of ideas for BP money

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Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has held the first of three town hall meetings to talk about how to spend $750 million in Deepwater Horizon oil disaster money. Local media outlets report Reeves got his first answers Thursday in Gulfport when a couple hundred people showed up. Some people made specific requests — money for the Great Southern Golf Club ...

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