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Hammer comes down on predatory robocallers (kind of, sort of)

Here’s something for the “Don’t-Spend-it-All –in-One-Place” file. The unscrupulous folks behind those annoying robocalls you’ve been getting have agreed to settle with the State of Mississippi for about the price of a compact automobile. The offenders, including serial annoyer Caribbean Cruise Line,  admit to violating the state’s No-Call Law but together will pay a fine of $22,136. Oh, forgot.  There’s ...

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Report: Florida bans 'climate change' from use by state agencies

Add “climate change” and “global warming” to terms that can get Florida government officials into hot water, the Miami Herald reports. At least that’s what former officials of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection say Gov. Rick Scott has set as official state policy. Scott, in an interview with the Miami Herald late Monday afternoon, denied he has forbidden use ...

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Fed's Beige Book shows sustained rise in economic activity

Reports from the 12 Federal Reserve Districts indicate that economic activity continued to expand across most regions and sectors from early January through mid-February. Central and South Mississippi are part of the Fed’s Atlanta District while North Mississippi is in the St. Louis District. The Beige Book, last published on Jan., details economic assessments from the various districts. The new ...

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(UPDATE) Judge rules on Google request on attorney general inquiry

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s attempt to investigate Google is on hold for at least four more months. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate on Monday granted Google’s request for a preliminary injunction. The order prevents Hood from going through with a subpoena meant to examine whether Google is facilitating others’ illegal activities on its sites. The Internet ...

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Phishing scam targets Apple users

A classic scam is now targeting Apple users, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today. The very common “phishing” scam is constantly being revised by con artists to target a larger pool of potential victims.  Currently, scammers are using emails to target Apple users by falsely claiming that your Apple ID, iCloud or iTunes account has been comprised.    You are then ...

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Data center planned for old McRae's

Venyu, a Baton Rouge-based data company, will transform the former McRae’s department store at Meadowbrook Road and State Street in Jackson into a technology center for hosting new businesses and a workforce training center and will erect a building to be leased by the Center for Telehealth, part of the Mississippi Medical Center. Details of the development will  be revealed ...

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Mississippi’s official state website awarded for excellence

JACKSON The State of Mississippi’s award-winning website has been nationally recognized again for excellence in interactive media. Ms.gov was recently honored with the Interactive Media Awards (IMA) Best In Class Award and the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts W3 Award. These mark the third and fourth awards the innovative, mobile-oriented site has received this year. “The State of Mississippi’s website was chosen out of ...

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Stennis Space Center ranked fourth in nation among places to work

STENNIS —  The Enterprise for Innovative Geospatial Solutions (EIGS) announced today a recent survey named NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center (SSC) the fourth best place to work in the country for Agency Subcomponents. The Partnership for Public Service (PPS) surveyed over 392,700 civil servants on a wide range of workplace topics to rank Stennis as a favorite among the ...

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Attorneys general, others, support Google investigation

JACKSON — With representatives of the electronics industry saying Mississippi’s attempt to investigate Google should be blocked by federal law, some state attorneys general and other groups are taking the opposite position. They say Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has the power to examine Google’s behavior, and should be allowed to collect evidence from the Internet giant before a court ...

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UPDATED: Bryant’s $50 million workforce training plan heads for floor votes

Matching House and Senate legislation that would pull  $25 million each of the next two years from the state’s unemployment compensation reserve fund to pay for workforce training made it to the floors of their respective houses Tuesday. The money would be used to step-up the state’s efforts to train workers for advanced manufacturing jobs and to create a future generation ...

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