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Mississippi officials condemn white nationalist violence

Some Mississippi officials are denouncing white nationalist violence that killed one person and injured several others during the weekend in Virginia. “Those who practice the extremist ideals of neo-Nazism or white supremacy have no place in Mississippi. I condemn these groups in the strongest possible terms,” Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Monday on Facebook. “I have been in communication with ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Nissan march: running on fumes

A rally was staged Saturday in Canton to protest conditions at the gleaming-white, mile-long Nissan plant. The creation of 6,400 superior jobs does present some situations. Granted, losing fingers in on the job is bad, but, sadly, things like that happen in heavy industry. And keeping the line moving when an employee passes out on the plant floor and later ...

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US judge hears arguments in Mississippi House election spat

A federal judge hears arguments Friday over whether to dismiss a lawsuit challenging a 2015 Mississippi election that went to a drawing of straws. Voters who filed suit are demanding that Democratic former Rep. Bo Eaton of Taylorsville be seated in place of Republican Rep. Mark Tullos of Raleigh. The election in Smith and Jasper counties was certified a tie, ...

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If Raytheon gets jet contract, assembly plant in Meridian

Raytheon Co . says that if it gets an Air Force contract to build 350 training jets, its assembly plant will be in Mississippi. The Waltham, Massachusetts-based company announced Monday that it has a shovel-ready site in Meridian. “We anticipate the Meridian facility will create hundreds of new jobs,” spokesman B.J. Boling said in an email. A Raytheon radar factory in Forest, Mississippi, ...

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Fate of imported catfish inspections rests in the House

By JACK WEATHERLY  In the past decade, the U.S. catfish industry has been stood on its head. In 2006, domestic producers had two-thirds of the market. Imports were the other third. Now it’s the reverse, as importers account for more than 70 percent of the market. Hopes were raised when the U.S. industry succeeded in getting the 2008 and 2014 ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi goes cray-cray for Gray

This past Tuesday, Robert Gray, an unmarried truck-driver, whose own mother had no idea he was even running for public office, won the Democratic primary for governor. Since winning, Gray’s been called a Republican plant, a stooge for the “Legalize Cannabis” Initiative 48 crowd, and been accused of not being serious about his candidacy. Gray did not even vote in ...

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Thompson announced $499K grant for Alcorn State

LORMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $499,794 in food and farm research funds to Alcorn State University. The grant announcement came Wednesday from U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. The money comes from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The money will be used for research and education into regional and state programs of farm profitability, ...

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Congressmen ask Obama for Miss. disaster declaration

JACKSON — The Mississippi congressional delegation is asking President Barack Obama to issue a disaster declaration for areas of the state devastated by Dec. 23 tornadoes. Gov. Phil Bryant has requested a major federal disaster declaration, including hazard mitigation assistance statewide. The Mississippi delegation asks the White House in the Jan. 5 letter for speedy approval of the disaster declaration ...

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GOP congressional delegation opposes Obama's immigration order

WASHINGTON — Mississippi Republicans in Congress say President Barack Obama is overstepping his authority and ignoring the wishes of voters by issuing an executive order protecting millions of immigrants from deportation. U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, the lone Democrat in Mississippi’s congressional delegation, applauded Obama’s effort, calling it a “bold step” to begin changing “the broken immigration system.” Thompson, however, says ...

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Voters pull hammer for incumbents, hunting and fishing

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Voters yesterday re-elected Republican Sen. Thad Cochran and all four incumbent congressmen. Cochran, 76, said he intends to serve the entire six-year term. With Republicans taking over the Senate, he could become a committee chairman. He is a former Appropriations chairman, and has steered billions of dollars to the state for hurricane recovery, university research and other ...

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