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Union says wage offers by Howard Industries are too low

Manufacturing

JACKSON — A union at Howard Industries, one of Mississippi’s largest industrial employers, is protesting what it sees as low wage offers in contract negotiations. Local 1317 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers planned a news conference Wednesday in Laurel to criticize the wage increases offered by the maker of electrical transformers. Union members have already voted down three ...

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'Free State of Jones' movie begins filming in Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS — The Civil War drama “Free State of Jones,” starring Matthew McConnaughey, has started shooting in Louisiana. McConnaughey plays Newton Knight, who rebelled against Confederate authority in Mississippi’s Jones County. Other actors include Gugu Mbatha-Raw who appeared in “Belle” and “Beyond the Lights;” Keri Russell, who has appeared in “Felicity” and “The Americans” and Mahershala Ali, who has ...

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McDaniel seeking 3rd term in Mississippi Senate

JACKSON — Chris McDaniel, a tea party-backed Republican who lost a U.S. Senate race last year, says he’s seeking re-election to the Mississippi Legislature. The 43-year-old attorney from Ellisville said Thursday that he will run for a third term in state Senate. He’s the first candidate in District 42, entirely in Jones County. Friday is the qualifying deadline for statewide, ...

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Severe weather slams Mississippi; 4 killed

JACKSON — Severe weather slamming the southern U.S. two days before Christmas killed at least four people, flipped cars, knocked out power to thousands and damaged several homes and businesses. In Mississippi, Gov. Phil Bryant declared an emergency for two southeastern counties where officials say four people died in the storms and several more were injured. His office said thousands ...

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Weather Service discovers tornado touched down in Pine Belt

JONES COUNTY — The National Weather Service confirms that a tornado touched down Sunday night in Jones County. A survey team examined the path of the twister yesterday, estimating it had top winds of 95 mph and was on the ground for 2.7 miles in an area east of Laurel near Masonite Lake. The team rates the tornado EF-1 on ...

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Jones County launches leadership 'masters program' to mark 25th anniversary

LAUREL — Nearly 500 individuals have participated in Leadership Jones County (LJC) since the first class in 1990. Developed to identify and prepare the community’s future leadership resources, LJC has provided Jones County with a network of current and emerging leaders who possess the skills and sense of commitment to improve our community. LJC has been a model for many ...

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Unemployment assistance available to storm victims in five more counties

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Five more Mississippi counties have been declared disaster areas due to severe storms, tornadoes and flooding. Workers in those counties who are permanently or temporarily unemployed due to the disaster may be eligible for Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA). DUA is available to people who lose their jobs because of disasters, but who may not qualify for regular ...

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Wallace Construction begins bridge replacement in Jones County

JONES COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) is underway on a bridge replacement project along Highway 11 at Waterfall Creek in Jones County, according to MDOT Southern Transportation Commissioner Tom King. The $1 million project was awarded to T. L. Wallace Construction Inc. A section of Highway 11 at the bridge was closed yesterday to through traffic. A ...

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Another West Nile case confirmed; brings 2013 total to 40

HINDS COUNTY — The Mississippi State Department of Health says one newly confirmed case of West Nile virus bring the state total to 40 this year. The new case is in Hinds County. So far this year, cases have been reported in Adams, Bolivar, Forrest (5), Harrison, Hinds (12), Jones (2), Lamar (4), Leflore (2), Lincoln, Lowndes, Madison (3), Marion, ...

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Wayne Farms expanding in Laurel, adding 150 jobs

LAUREL, Mississippi — Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from Wayne Farms, producer of fresh and processed poultry, announced today the company is expanding its operations in Laurel. The expansion involves the addition of a new processing line and the renovation of the company’s existing facility. The project represents a company investment of $3 million and is creating 150 new jobs. ...

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