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Fox host Varney marvels at 'convenience' of jobs report during Jackson visit

Economist-turned-Fox Business host Stuart Varney likes nothing more than poking an accusing finger at what most of the rest of us take as accepted truths. The conservative commentator who says he left England in 1974 to escape its class warfare” visited Jackson Tuesday to address the Mississippi Council on Economic Education. Of course, the question was bound to come up ...

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Barbour stunned at barbs thrown at Christie’s post-Sandy work with Obama

Haley Barbour knows a bit about hurricane recovery and working with the federal government to preserve lives and property after a storm, having led Mississippi’s rebuilding from the historic destruction of hurricane Katrina in 2005. So you can understand his irritation at criticism leveled at New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for his work with President Obama on the Garden State’s ...

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Tearful 4-year-old has had enough of this 'Bronco Bamma' and Romney

Had enough of presidential politics? Can’t wait until Tuesday is behind us? No one is more eager to see an end to this stuff than Abigail Evans. She plainly can’t take anymore of “Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney.” Reassurances that it will all be over soon seem to soothe the child’s discomfort. Check out the video presented by Politico.   ...

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Port of Gulfport board: No need to raise port elevation to 25 feet

An eagerness to shorten the time frame for upgrading the Port of Gulfport led port commissioners Tuesday to scale back plans to elevate the West Pier to 25 feet as part of a $500 million-plus restoration and expansion of Mississippi’s main seaport. The choice ahead is whether to elevate to 12 feet or 15 feet. That decision will be made ...

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CARTER: Wicker, Cochran turn backs on veterans in time of dire need

  Forgive Mississippi’s veterans if they don’t return the insincere salutes rendered this Veterans Day by senators Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran. Veterans returning from a decade of conflict face unemployment in numbers at least 10 percent higher than the rest of us. They need help. The $1 billion Veterans Jobs Corps Act was designed to provide it. Over its ...

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CARTER: As in Mississippi, Florida’s jobs chief Gray Swoope exports jobs

Here’s a question most all home-state business services professionals  eager to get a public contract have ponder: Why is it that a public official tends to think an “expert” is anyone who lives at least one state away? Which brings us to the latest episode of things that Gray Swoope, former executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, is doing ...

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Hosemann: Voter ID not required in Miss. this November

JACKSON — Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says Mississippians won’t have to show photo identification when they go to the polls Nov. 6. Republican Hosemann has said it many times before, but he issued a statement repeating it Tuesday because his office had received questions. Voters in November 2011 approved a state constitutional amendment that would require people to ...

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AG Hood joins effort to protect states' payday lending laws

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has joined at least 40 other states’ legal officers in opposing legislation in Congress that could pre-empt states’ authority in governing payday lending businesses. Hood says in a news release that the bill in Congress would allow payday lenders, installment lenders, car title lenders, prepaid card issuers and check cashers to obtain a federal charter ...

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Analysis: Sixth Amendment ruling sets no precedent

In a case from Harrison County, the Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled on the right of a defendant to confront his accusers — a basic right in the U.S. Constitution. Robert Jenkins wanted to question the analyst who tested the illegal drugs he was accused of possessing. Instead, prosecutors put on the stand a laboratory supervisor who only reviewed and ...

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