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1 in 2 new graduates are jobless or underemployed

WASHINGTON — The college class of 2012 is in for a rude welcome to the world of work. A weak labor market already has left half of young college graduates either jobless or underemployed in positions that don’t fully use their skills and knowledge. Young adults with bachelor’s degrees are increasingly scraping by in lower-wage jobs — waiter or waitress, ...

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Panel sides with EPA over Yazoo Pump; board mulls another appeal

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court panel sided yesterday with the Environmental Protection Agency over its 2008 veto of a $220 million flood control project near the Yazoo River in the south Mississippi Delta. >> RELATED: EPA admits it has no experts on Yazoo Pump Project. The Board of Mississippi Levee Commissioners sued the EPA in 2009 after the ...

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Mississippi included in Michael Foods egg recall list

MINNETONKA, Minn. — A Minnesota food company is widening its recall of hard-cooked eggs because of a potential for listeria contamination. Michael Foods, of Minnetonka, is recalling eggs in brine sold in 10- and 25-pound pails for institutional use in 34 states. The eggs carry six brand names: Columbia Valley Farms, GFS, Glenview Farms, Papetti’s, Silverbrook and Wholesome Farms. The ...

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Feds assess sites for renewable energy potential

Determining the potential of former landfills, brownfields and Superfund sites around the country to host solar panels and other renewable energy projects is the focus of a new assessment federal researchers announced Friday. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado plan to spend the next year to 18 months assessing 26 sites. The sites ...

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Officials second-guess store security law

JACKSON — Some Jackson officials are questioning whether a new city law on convenience store security is enforceable, and some store owners say the law will unreasonably increase their costs of doing business. The city council voted last month to require each 24-hour convenience store to have a security guard on duty from midnight to 5 a.m. Convenience stores that ...

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Delta housing lawsuit settlement reached

GREENVILLE — A lawsuit challenging rent increases at apartments owned by the South Delta Regional Housing Authority has been settled. The case was to go to trial in August in federal court in Greenville. Mississippi Center for Justice, which represented the tenants, tells the Delta Democrat Times that the settlement terms are confidential. The lawsuit was filed in 2009 after ...

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H1N1 flu guide available to the public

WASHINGTON — U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) administrator Karen Mills and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announce the availability of a preparedness guide designed to assist small businesses in planning for the possibility of an H1N1 flu outbreak this fall.

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Mississippi still has a ways to go on internet speed

WASHINGTON — New research indicates that between 2007 and 2009, the average download Internet speed in the United States has increased by only 1.6 megabits per second (mbps), from 3.5 mbps in 2007 to 5.1 mbps in 2009. And, Mississippi ranks last in connectivity speed in the U.S. The Speed Matters Speed Test, a project of the Communications Workers of ...

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Unemployment claims fall

Washington — In the week ending July 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims was 522,000, a decrease of 47,000 from the previous week’s revised figure. The four-week moving average was 584,500, a decrease of 22,500 from the previous week’s revised average. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 4.7 percent for the week ending July ...

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Cochran announces flu funding for state

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) announced that Mississippi would receive more than $3.34 million to continue its response to the H1N1 flu virus and to prepare for the fall flu season. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded two grants to Mississippi, including $2.48 million in Public Health Emergency Response Grant funds and $859,736 ...

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