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Renasant reports record quarterly earnings


Renasant Corp. announced on Tuesday record earnings for the second quarter, $22.9 million, or 54 cents per share, compared with $15.4 million, or 48 cents per share a year earlier. The Tupelo-based bank’s operations for the quarter that ended June 30 reflect the acquisition of KeyWorth Bank in Georgia, which was completed on April 1, according to news release. Along ...

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U.S. appeals court finds that Texas voter ID law is discriminatory; law similar to Mississippi’s

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A U.S. appeals court on Wednesday ruled that a Texas law requiring voters to show a government-issued form of photo identification before casting a ballot is discriminatory and violates the U.S. Voting Rights Act. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit also sent the case back to a district court to examine claims by the plaintiffs that the ...

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Jackson physician in prison health company charged with bribing Epps


A physician associated with a company that provides health care for prisoners has been indicted on charges of bribing former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps. Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that they’re charging Dr. Carl Reddix, 57, with six counts of bribery and one count of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud. The indictment says Reddix began paying Epps $6,000 ...

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Casino revenue rises in all regions across Mississippi

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Casino revenue continued to grow statewide in Mississippi in June, with gamblers losing more at casinos along the Mississippi River and the Gulf Coast. Figures released this week by the state Revenue Department show casinos won $175 million in June, up 1.4 percent from $173 million in June 2015. Revenue at the 16 Mississippi River casinos rose 2 percent from ...

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ANOTHER RECORD: US stocks led by gains in technology

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Stocks are closing higher on Wall Street, led by gains in technology companies after Microsoft reported surprisingly strong results. The gains Wednesday extended a winning streak for the Dow Jones industrial average and kept the market at record-high levels. Microsoft jumped 5 percent after the company reported big gains in its cloud computing services. That helped send other technology stocks ...

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Southern Miss gets $3M grant to develop pilot programs

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The University of Southern Mississippi has won a $3 million federal grant to develop three pilot programs to aid regions whose economic health is dependent on defense initiatives. The university said Tuesday it was selected due to its expertise in economic development and the state’s dependence on Department of Defense spending. DOD spends $5.5 billion per year spent in Mississippi. ...

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Hinds County DA asks court to overturn order banning him

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Hinds County’s district attorney is asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to overturn an order barring him from having any contact with county grand juries or trying cases in one judge’s court. Robert Shuler Smith filed the motion Monday with the high court, also asking that a series of sealed court hearings be opened so he can prepare his defense against ...

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Hughes seeks teacher input to guide education improvements


By BOBBY HARRISON Rep. Jay Hughes, D-Oxford, said he got the idea for the two-day education conference he will host Friday and Saturday in Jackson while observing the work of the House Education Committee this past session. “It came about while in the Education Committee watching six or seven bills be passed in five minutes,” said Hughes, who is not on ...

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Appeals court overturns conviction of former Southaven mayor

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Former Southaven Mayor Greg Davis will get a new trial on embezzlement charges. Mississippi’s Court of Appeals Tuesday overturned Davis’ 2014 conviction in DeSoto County on two felony charges. The court says the trial judge should have moved the trial outside DeSoto County because prosecutors failed to prove that Davis could get a fair trial there after widespread publicity. Davis ...

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COMING SOON: Daiquiris to go on the Gulf Coast


Daiquiri fans will soon be able to sip their favorite flavor from a go cup while walking around Old Town Bay St. Louis when the Daiquiri Shak opens next month at 112 Court St. “It’s the first shop of its kind in Hancock County,” said owner Caleb McQueen. “We are a to-go cup city. We want to serve people and ...

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