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Tronox’s sodium chlorate plant to close Nov. 30

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HAMILTON — Tronox is shutting down one of its two northeast Mississippi facilities, a move that will affect about 70 employees. Tronox says its smaller facility in Hamilton, which makes sodium chlorate, will be shutting down Nov. 30. Bud Grebey, vice president of corporate affairs and communications for Tronox, says, according to local media reports, there has been a decline ...

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Mississippi jobless rate dips in April

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JACKSON — Mississippi’s jobless rate dipped in April to 6.6 percent. The unemployment rate was down from 6.8 percent in March, 7 percent in February and 7.1 percent in January. The jobless rate was 7.8 percent in April 2014. Nebraska had the lowest jobless rate in April, 2.5 percent. Nevada had the highest rate among the states, 7.1 percent. The ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: Key’s Mississippi memoir is a comic triumph

We gathered atop Petit Jean Mountain in Arkansas four summers ago looking for something very important, something vital to each of us. Our voices. We were not in a yodeling contest. This was about writing. We had been chosen for the Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers. That “ambitious” part struck me as pretentious. But, well, that’s what we said ...

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Cochran hires new director, Brad White, for state offices

JACKSON — A former Mississippi Republican Party chairman is becoming the new director of Sen. Thad Cochran’s state offices, where he’ll be in charge of constituent services. Brad White begins the new job June 1. He succeeds Brad Davis, who is going to work for a private law firm. White has been deputy state auditor and chief of staff for ...

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Dean: USM College of Nursing needs to move into new building

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HATTIESBURG — Katherine Nugent, dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Southern Mississippi, says there are 1,450 reasons why the college needs to move into its as yet unfinished new home in Asbury Hall. She says that’s how many students are currently crammed into Harkins Hall, which was built around 1975. Nugent says those cramped quarters lead ...

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Union says wage offers by Howard Industries are too low

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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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DAVID DALLAS: District One congressional race not attracting voters or much interest

With the special election for District One now over, a critical analysis of the very poor showing of GOP establishment candidates, backed by the likes of Haley Barbour and Phil Bryant, would be awfully tempting. But the low voter turnout for such a crazy, free-for-all special election deserves some commentary. In spite of a plea from Secretary of State Delbert ...

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Possible tornado hits Monroe County, no deaths reported

AMORY — Trees and buildings are damaged in Monroe County after a possible tornado hit Amory and Smithville. Monroe County Emergency Management Agency Director Robert “Bunky” Goza says no deaths or injuries were reported from the storm, which hit about 9 a.m. Monday. Goza says tree damage is widespread in central Amory, with power out. Harbormaster Scott Cox says trees ...

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Sen. Thad Cochran marries longtime aide Kay Webber

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U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran — the Mississippi Republican whose 2014 primary campaign drew national attention over an aspiring blogger’s photos of his bedridden wife — has married his longtime aide, his office said Monday. The wedding to Kay Webber took place privately Saturday in Gulfport. The senator’s former wife, Rose Cochran, died in December at age 73 from dementia after ...

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Once vilified, BP now getting credit for gulf tourism boom

In this Wednesday, May 13, 2015 photo, tourists line the beaches in Gulf Shores, Ala. Industry officials say Gulf Coast tourism is surging, five years after the BP oil spill. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. — With the Memorial Day holiday here, fallout from the oil spill that left Gulf Coast beaches smeared with gooey tar balls and scared away visitors in 2010 is being credited, oddly, with something no one imagined back then: An increase in tourism in the region. Five years after the BP disaster, the petroleum giant that was ...

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