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GE to open plants, hire 5,000 veterans

ELLISVILLE — General Electric Co. plans to hire 5,000 veterans over the next five years and invest $580 million to expand its aviation business. The announcements today were part of a four-day event that the global conglomerate is hosting with partners in Washington, D.C., that focuses on issues such as manufacturing and job creation in America. GE CEO Jeffrey Immelt ...

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Report: Small businesses account for nearly half of state's jobs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Office of Advocacy has released the annual Small Business Profiles for the States and Territories. This is the 16th year Advocacy has published a state-by-state profile of American small business for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. The Mississippi profile uses the most recent data available to provide details about the state’s ...

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Keesler AFB slashing another 38 civilian jobs

BILOXI — Keesler Air Force Base is scheduled to lose another 38 civilian jobs in 2012 as the Air Force continues it move toward eliminating about 9,000 such workers. The announcement comes two months after Keesler said it would eliminate 68 positions from the civilian work force in the 81st Training Wing and 403rd Wing. Brig. Gen. Andrew Mueller of ...

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WIN Job Centers launching education campaign

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Employment Security is launching a campaign to educate the state’s businesses about the free services available to them through its network of WIN Job Centers. The agency’s job order blitz will run Jan. 17-Feb. 24. WIN Job Center staff will be notifying employers about assistance they can provide for all their employment hiring ...

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Hearing dates set for former airport administrators

TUPELO — Job discrimination lawsuits filed by two former administrators at Tupelo Regional Airport will be heard in federal court in 2013. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports former airport executive director Terry Anderson and former operations director Reid Dawe have sued the airport. Anderson’s case is set for April 8, 2013, in federal court in Oxford. Dawe’s trial is ...

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Landscapers' illegal workers trial rescheduled

RIDGELAND — A federal trial for a landscaping business that allegedly used illegal immigrant workers has been moved to April 2. The Clarion-Ledger reports the jury trial was scheduled for today in U.S. District Court in Jackson, but attorneys for Love Irrigation said they need time to prepare. U.S. District Judge Henry Wingate approved the defense’s motion, granting 45 more ...

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UMMC letting go 115 workers, cites weak demand

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center is reducing the size of its workforce by approximately 115 employees. Coupled with a decision to not fill 90 vacant positions, the UMMC workforce will be about 2 percent smaller than it was at the end of 2011, according to Dr. James E. Keeton, vice chancellor for health affairs. Keeton said a ...

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Training Dick and Jane

The Governor’s Workforce Conference held earlier this month in Jackson offered plenty of success stories, particularly the recruitment of the new Toyota plant in Northeast Mississippi. However, there were also words of warning about the state meeting the needs of businesses with a competently trained workforce in the future. The state is already struggling to meet the demand for skilled ...

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Workforce conference explores new ideas about education

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour said yesterday he wants Mississippians to look at new approaches to improve education, including more opportunities for job training instead of bachelor’s degrees and the involvement of churches to help prevent struggling students from dropping out of high school. Other ideas include cutting tax funds to intercollegiate athletics, shortening paths to college degrees and pushing ...

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Will UAW target Nissan?

CANTON — Top officials of the United Auto Workers have decided for now against targeting a single company in its effort to sign up workers at U.S. factories owned by foreign automakers. UAW president Bob King told The Associated Press in an interview yesterday that the union’s executive board won’t make any decision until it sees how the automakers react ...

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