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TODD SMITH — Google helps publishers with audience engagement

Alphabet Inc’s Google (GOOGL.O) and subsidiary Jigsaw launched on Thursday a new technology to help news organizations and online platforms identify abusive comments on their websites. The technology, called Perspective, will review comments and score them based on how similar they are to comments people said were “toxic” or likely to make them leave a conversation. It has been tested ...

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C Spire to hold tech event in Oxford

MBJ staff   CTX – the C Spire Tech Experience – is set for Thursday, April 27 beginning at 2 p.m. in The Pavilion, the new $96.5 million multipurpose arena on the Ole Miss campus. “As the region’s technology leader, we’re uniquely positioned to bring to life an event at the intersection of culture and technology,” said Ridgeland-based C Spire ...

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Stocks rise sharply, Dow over 21,000

  Banks and other financial companies led U.S. stocks sharply higher, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average above 21,000 points for the first time. Wednesday’s gain was the biggest for the blue-chip index so far this year. Energy companies also rose. Bank of America rose 3.8 percent and ConocoPhillips rose 3.1 percent. The rally came a day after President Donald ...

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WES NEAL — Proper water chemistry improves fish health

Winter and spring weather in Mississippi is a rollercoaster ride. Some nights are below freezing, while others feel like midsummer. With the warmer, sunnier weather, people begin to pay more attention to their ponds. Pond managers may see evidence of sick and dying fish from February through April. Usually, it is a few fish per day, often catfish but maybe ...

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House balks at Senate plan for oil spill damage account

Mississippi lawmakers may be unable to decide this year how to spend $750 million in oil spill damage payments, with sniping between House and Senate members after a bill died at a Tuesday deadline for action when the House Appropriations Committee didn’t bring it up. House members from Mississippi’s coast said Senate Bill 2634 didn’t have the detailed structure they wanted to ...

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Senate kills online registration, early in-person voting

Mississippians won’t be able to initially register to vote online or vote early at courthouses after Senate committees killed bills that would have allowed those changes. House Elections Committee Chairman Bill Denny, R-Jackson, said he’s upset that Senate Elections Committee Chairwoman Sally Doty, R- Brookhaven, rejected the bills without seriously considering them. “We knew that they were dead even before ...

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US stock indexes move lower in afternoon trading; oil falls

A sharp slide by Target and other big retailers weighed on U.S. stock indexes late Tuesday afternoon, steering the market on course for a lower close. Industrial stocks and phone companies were among the big decliners, while utilities gained the most. Investors were looking ahead to an evening speech by President Donald Trump to both houses of Congress in hopes ...

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Legislators kill domestic abuse divorce bill

A bill adding domestic abuse as grounds for divorce has died in committee. Senate Bill 2703 , which passed the Mississippi Senate, wasn’t taken up Tuesday by the House Judiciary Committee Division B at a deadline for legislation to move ahead. Committee Chairman Andy Gipson, a Braxton Republican, says domestic abuse is already covered under “habitual cruel and inhuman treatment.” He ...

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Mississippi editor who pushed for justice in civil rights killings dies

GULF BREEZE, Fla. — Mississippi editor Stanley Dearman, who pushed for justice in the murders of three civil rights workers, died on Saturday in Florida. The death of the 84-year-old was announced by the newspaper in Philadelphia, Mississippi, that he once published. Dearman wrote articles and editorials in The Neshoba Democrat that helped lead to conviction of a former Klansman ...

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Advocates: Sanctuary city ban will hurt Mississippi economy

A bill banning immigration sanctuary policies is drawing opposition from some Mississippi clergy, law enforcement and immigration advocates who say it will hurt the economy. Senate Bill 2710 says municipalities, state agencies and public colleges can’t prevent employees from asking someone’s immigration status. These public agencies also can’t give legal status to people who have entered the country without permission, such ...

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