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NRF predicts merrier holiday shopping season for retailers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After a turbulent start to 2014, the National Retail Federation says it expects sales in November and December (excluding autos, gas and restaurant sales) to increase 4.1 percent to $616.9 billion, higher than 2013’s actual 3.1 percent increase during that same time frame. Holiday sales on average have grown 2.9 percent over the past 10 years, including ...

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Hood: Keep it 'real' this holiday-buying season

As the holiday shopping season approaches, Attorney General Jim Hood is reminding Mississippians about the dangers associated with buying counterfeit goods. “Almost everyone wants a good deal and wants to save money, but buying counterfeit poses serious health and safety risks, not to mention loss of revenue to businesses,” said Hood.  “As parents, we need to set the example for our ...

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School officials welcome insurance-less Santa

It is not an easy job being Santa Claus. It’s full of risks, and the Jolly Old Elf is sometimes faced with having to carry insurance. But St. Nick is getting a break this year — at least when he visits schoolchildren in one North Mississippi county. For this holiday season, DeSoto County school officials are waiving a requirement that ...

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MEMA releases update on Christmas Day storm damage

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — More than 25 people were injured and at least 70 homes were damaged in Mississippi by the severe storms that pushed across the South on Christmas Day, authorities said. Damages have been reported in 12 counties and officials continue to assess the situation, but there have been no reports of fatalities in Mississippi, Mississippi Emergency Management spokesman ...

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Mother Nature smiles on Christmas tree growers

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Christmas tree growers were thinking about the holidays when Hurricane Isaac made landfall Aug. 28, knowing the winds and rains would bring additional work before trees would be ready for the 2012 harvest. Stephen Dicke, Extension forestry professor at Mississippi State University’s Central Mississippi Research and Extension Center in Raymond, said storm damage should not dampen sales ...

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Nearly two-dozen counties under burn bans; officials warn of fireworks

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Adams County is banning the shooting off of fireworks in the unincorporated parts but the prohibition will not affect the annual community fireworks display on the Mississippi River. The fireworks ban comes as Mississippi city and counties are dealing with the ongoing drought and high temperature. Twenty-three counties have some kind of burn ban in place, according ...

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