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Mississippi man among those getting sentence cut

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A man convicted on a federal cocaine charge in south Mississippi has had his sentence cut by President Barack Obama. A White House news release says Darrius Lewis of McComb was sentenced to more than 21 years for conspiracy to distribute cocaine base in 2005. His sentence has been cut to 15 years and eight months. It was one in ...

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Court blocks federal plan to extend overtime pay to many

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In a blow to the Obama administration’s labor-law plans, a federal court has blocked the start of a rule that would have made an estimated 4 million more American workers eligible for overtime pay heading into the holiday season. As a result of Tuesday’s ruling, overtime changes set to take effect Dec. 1 are now unlikely be in play before ...

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61,494 in Miss. enroll in US-run health exchange

JACKSON, Mississippi — New figures show 61,494 Mississippi residents have signed up for private health insurance using a federal government website, out of more than 117,000 who were eligible. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday released enrollees in each state between Oct. 1 and March 31. Ninety-four percent of Mississippians who bought coverage on the healthcare.gov ...

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Shutdown gives Obama unlikely ally: big business

The Associated Press WASHINGTON  — Business leaders are taking sides with Democratic President Barack Obama after failing to persuade their traditional Republican allies in Congress to avert a government shutdown. Obama, whose health care and regulatory agenda they have vigorously opposed, is embracing the business outreach, eager to employ groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Wall Street CEOs ...

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Memo: Sequestration could cost funding to Natchez Trace

Visitors to America’s national parks will encounter fewer rangers, find locked restrooms and visitors centers, and see trashcans emptied less often if 5 percent across-the-board cuts are enacted by sequestration. A National Park Service internal memo obtained by The Associated Press compiles a list of cuts in services in parks from Cape Cod to Yosemite. It’s the result of an ...

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Twin Creeks Technologies goes under, owes Mississippi $26 million

In Nov. of 2011 the Mississippi Business Journal reported Twin Creeks Technologies’ new 88,000-square-foot factory, funded with $26 million in state dollars, sat in Senatobia with very little going on. Twin Creeks spokesperson Tarpan Dixit said, at the time, the plant was not in commercial production but in “validation mode” and waiting for certification — but that was not the message ...

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Barbour says Sandy stopped Romney's momentum

Former Mississippi governor Haley Barbour spared Chris Christie his wrath, but Mother Nature didn’t get away so easy. “Hurricane Sandy saved Barack Obama’s presidency,” he told the Today show Thursday. “It broke the momentum that Romney had coming into the end of October.” See complete post …

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Americans renew Obama's Oval Office lease

WASHINGTON — His lease renewed in trying economic times, President Barack Obama claimed a second term from an incredibly divided electorate and immediately braced for daunting challenges and progress that comes only in fits and starts. “We have fought our way back and we know in our hearts that for the United States of America, the best is yet to ...

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Fall back: Set clocks back an hour

It’s finally time to reclaim that hour of sleep you lost last spring. Most of the country will turn back the clocks this weekend for the annual shift back to standard time. The majority of folks will do the switch before hitting the sack Saturday night, even though the change doesn’t become official until 2 a.m. Sunday local time. Residents ...

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