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US companies waver ahead of Fed meeting; tech stocks plunge


U.S. stocks are little changed Wednesday afternoon as investors wait for the Federal Reserve to conclude its April meeting. Technology companies are sliding following weak results from Apple and Twitter. Energy companies are rising with oil prices, and utility and telecommunications companies are moving higher as bond yields fall. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average picked up 9 points, ...

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Jeremy Martin to serve as assistant secretary of state for North Mississippi


Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann has announced Jeremy Martin has been promoted to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for North Mississippi. He has served as the North Mississippi Service Coordinator since 2008. As Assistant Secretary of State for North Mississippi, Jeremy is responsible for managing the North Mississippi offices in Tupelo and Hernando while representing the Secretary of State’s office in ...

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High school graduation rate up, still below national average


Mississippi’s high school graduation rate continued its push up toward the national average in the 2014-2015 school year. While the rate at which students graduate high school in four years is still below the national average of 82 percent, that number has increased since 2011, according to the State Department of Education. School districts showed a statewide four-year graduation rate ...

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Margaritaville Resort to host job fairs, fill 600 openings


The Margaritaville Resort in Biloxi will host jobs fairs to fill 600 job openings. Local news outlets report that first job fair will take place at the Biloxi Civic Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, and will continue from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on May 2 and 3. Applicants are being asked to bring ...

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US stock indexes are mostly lower again as drugmakers slip today


U.S. stocks are mostly lower Tuesday morning as health care stocks fall on continued scrutiny of drug prices. Energy companies are rising with the price of oil. Earnings reports are driving much of the action. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average lost 25 points, or 0.1 percent, to 17,951 as of 10:50 a.m. Eastern time. The Standard & Poor’s ...

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Religious leaders object to religious objections law


Dozens of Methodist leaders are objecting to Mississippi’s new religious objections law, saying it violates their religious principles. More than 30 ministers from around the state and nation published an open letter Monday saying the so-called “religious freedom” law goes against Christian teachings to love and respect all people. The group joins major businesses, human rights groups and legal experts ...

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$10M Sanderson gift starts $100M drive for children’s health

Dr. LouAnn Woodward cheers at the announcement of a $10 million gift to Children's of Mississippi by Joe and Kathy Sanderson, looking on.

The CEO of Mississippi’s largest publicly held company is pledging $10 million toward the expansion of pediatric medical facilities at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Joe Sanderson and his wife Cathy made the pledge Monday as the university launched a $100 million fundraising drive for Children’s of Mississippi. That’s the umbrella organization that includes the Blair E. Batson Children’s ...

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March Mississippi casino revenue dips as coast gambling lags

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Dipping Gulf Coast casino revenue dragged down Mississippi’s statewide gambling totals in March. Figures released last week by the state Revenue Department show casinos won $188 million in March, down 5 percent from $198 million in March 2015. Gamblers lost $103 million at the 12 coastal casinos, 4 percent less than last March. It’s only the third decline for coastal ...

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Battle over Jackson airport takeover goes to federal court

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A former commissioner of the Jackson airport is suing the state over a law that would give suburbs and the state some control over the airport. Jeffrey Stallworth of Jackson filed suit in federal court April 6 against Gov. Phil Bryant, the Mississippi Legislature and the Department of Transportation. Stallworth says in the lawsuit that he owns 100 acres of ...

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