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“Chicken Soup for the Soul” to film in Mississippi


RIDGELAND — “Chicken Soup for the Soul” is coming to the small screen. Mark Victor Hansen, co-author of the motivational book, tells WAPT-TV he plans to shoot the series in Mississippi. The book takes a look at dozens of inspiring stories from everyday people. Hansen spent Monday morning motivating students at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Hansen says Mississippi is the ...

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GOP-majority panel to hear challenge over Miss. House seat

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JACKSON — A Mississippi House committee meets Tuesday to start discussing a contested race that went to a drawing of straws for a tiebreaker. House Speaker Philip Gunn appointed a panel of four Republicans and one Democrat to hear the petition filed by Republican challenger Mark Tullos of Raleigh. Tullos and five-term Democratic Rep. Bo Eaton of Taylorsville each received ...

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Natural gas rates keep falling; Entergy lowers rates

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JACKSON — Only months after Entergy Mississippi customers got a break on electricity bills because of falling natural gas prices, they’re likely to get another. Pending approval by the Public Service Commission, the unit of New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. expects to collect $75 million less in 2016 to pay for natural gas. For residential customers who use 1,000 kilowatts of electricity ...

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(VIDEO) For some people, the older the smartphone, the better

FILE - In this Thursday, March 8, 2007, file photo, a C3 flip phone from Pantech is shown, on a keyboard for size comparison, in New York. More than 90 percent of smartphone users trade up for newer models within two years, according to experts. But a fraction of the population continues to cling to older phones, some 3 to 4 years old, or more. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

NEW YORK — Between splashy launches, lavish new-phone offers (get a free HDTV on activation!) and frequent software updates that slow down your old handset, it sometimes feels like the entire technology industry is pushing you to buy the latest smartphone. Yet some holdouts resist. Take Zak Sommerfield, 35, a software analyst in New York, who has hung onto his ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Left-out Eaton Would Make Democrats the Left-out Party


Yum. Post-Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches.  Sometimes the leftovers can be as good, if not better, than the main course.    Kinda like our Republican presidential contest. Sometimes the left-outs can be as good, if not better, than the frontrunners.   Have you bothered, lately, to listen to left-out-of-the-last-primetime-debate candidate Gov. Chris Christie? He’s been very impressive.   Speaking of left-outs, the ...

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Analysis: New Mississippi lawmakers bring broad experience

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Roughly 20 percent of Mississippi legislative seats will turn over to a different person when the four-year term begins in January, with new members bringing fresh perspectives. Here are five things to know about the incoming group of senators and representatives, with a quick disclaimer — because of space, not everyone is mentioned here by name: 1. Some bring experience ...

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Infant mortality falls faster in Mississippi than nationwide


JACKSON — Mississippi’s infant mortality rate is falling faster than the national rate, but is still high, said the state health officer, Dr. Mary Currier. She said the rate fell 28 percent between 2005 and 2014. That included a 15 percent drop from 2005 through 2013, compared to a national drop of 13 percent — national statistics for last year ...

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Northeast Mississippi has lowest unemployment rate in years


JACKSON — Northeast Mississippi has posted the lowest monthly jobless rate in 10 years. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the 16 counties in the region posted a collective unemployment rate of 5.1 percent in October. There were 11,490 people unemployed last month, down from 12,840 in September. The figures, provided by Mississippi Department of Employment Security, mark the lowest ...

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Biloxi City Council calls meetings about infrastructure work


BILOXI — The Biloxi City Council will meet twice Tuesday. On the agenda for the 4:30 p.m. workshop are HNTB, the company hired to oversee the $365 million infrastructure project, and Oscar Renda, the company doing the work north of the tracks in East Biloxi. The Sun Herald reports the council also will discuss the South Contract, for which bids ...

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Jeb Bush to tailgate at Egg Bowl

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STARKVILLE — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush plans to socialize with college football fans in Mississippi this weekend. The Bush campaign says the former Florida governor on Saturday will be in the tailgating area on the Mississippi State University campus in Starkville. He plans to meet people before the Egg Bowl, Mississippi State’s big rivalry game with the University of ...

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