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Stocks fall in early trading as oil prices decline

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Stocks were moving mostly lower in early trading Monday as investors looked ahead to the Fed’s meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, for clues on timing for possible interest rate hikes. A drop in oil prices pulled energy companies lower, along with the broader market. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average lost 67 points, or 0.4 percent, to 18,487 as ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Schools must become environments that instill virtue


Teaching children “virtue” is the key to solving poverty, insists a reader and regular critic. That’s how we break the “cycle of dependency,” he said.   To do this, he argues, we must “indoctrinate our children from the early years with a sense of virtue through education.”    Well, “indoctrinate” threw me off. Reminded me of the old Soviet Union ...

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AG REPORT — Good cotton crop expected despite dropped bolls

The majority of cotton bolls lost to rainy, wet weather in early August were the younger bolls in the mid to upper part of the plant. Cotton, such as this growing Aug. 18, 2016 on Mississippi State University’s R.R. Foil Plant Research Center in Starkville, is expected to yield a better than average harvest. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kat Lawrence)

Wet, cloudy weather has put a lot of cotton bolls on the ground, but experts still expect an above average crop from Mississippi’s cotton acreage. Darrin Dodds, cotton specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said experts knew boll loss was coming after all the recent rain. “By the last week of July to early August, a lot of ...

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US stocks mostly lower as energy companies slide

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U.S. stocks are mostly lower Friday as investors continue to sell phone and utility stocks, and energy companies trade lower as the price of oil slips. Consumer and technology companies are making modest gains, however. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average shed 23 points, or 0.1 percent, to 18,574 as of 11:30 a.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor’s ...

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Mississippi payrolls rise in July, but jobless rate ticks up


Employers added workers to Mississippi payrolls in July, reversing three months of losses, but the jobless rate rose slightly. Mississippi’s unemployment rate rose to 6 percent from 5.9 percent in June. That’s below July 2015’s 6.3 percent rate. The workforce and number of people reporting jobs fell, and the number of unemployed people was flat at 76,000. Mississippi had June’s ...

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NASA conducts RS-25 rocket engine test

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NASA engineers have successfully conducted a development test of the RS-25 rocket engine at NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis. The RS-25 will help power the core stage of the agency’s new Space Launch System rocket for the journey to Mars. The test was conducted Thursday. NSAS said the development tests are providing key data on engine performance. ...

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TECH 21 — Mississippi’s most wanted in technology for 2016


When examining Mississippi’s contributions to the technology world, there are tech veterans whose works are still being felt, and there are young minds who are bringing new ideas. The Tech 21 is the Mississippi Business Journal’s take on some of the top contributors to technology in Mississippi and the world.   JIM BARKSDALE, Chairman & President Barksdale Management Jim Barksdale’s ...

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Mississippi medical center receives record obesity grant


The University of Mississippi Medical Center has been awarded a record-high grant to study obesity, one of the state’s most pressing health issues. Medical center officials said in a news release Thursday that it will receive $19.9 million over five years from the National Institutes of Health to fund the Mississippi Center for Clinical and Translational Research. The new center ...

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3 companies owe Lowndes County $411K in back taxes


Lowndes County is hoping to recover more than $400,000 in owed taxes from three companies. The Commercial Dispatch reports the board of supervisors granted permission to Tax Assessor Greg Andrews the week to pursue the taxes, which are owed by KiOR, CalStar and Southern Wood Fiber. Andrews said he’s spoken to Mississippi Auditor Stacey Pickering about the matter, and has ...

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