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Miss. schools get dollar figures for budget cuts

  JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Education is telling school districts how much money they’ll lose because of budget cuts. Gov. Haley Barbour announced last week that because of weak state tax collections, he was cutting the overall $6 billion budget by 2.9 percent. The cuts to education, however, are 5 percent because education was funded at record levels ...

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Appeals Court rules in Katrina fraud case

JACKSON — A federal appeals court has upheld a Moss Point man’s conviction of lying about where he was living when Hurricane Katrina hit to unlawfully obtain more than $113,000 in federal and state disaster assistance. Lee Taylor was convicted in 2008 of fraud, theft and making false statements to obtain assistance. He was sentenced to 30 months in prison ...

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U.S. unemployment rate jumps to 26-year high of 9.7%

WASHINGTON — The U.S. unemploy- ment rate jumped to a 26-year high of 9.7% in August as nonfarm payrolls fell by 216,000, the 20th consecutive monthly decline, the Labor Department estimated Friday. U.S. payrolls have dropped by 6.9 million to a total of 131.2 million since the recession began in December 2007, the government data showed. Unemployment has increased by ...

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Bankruptcy judge to decide tax dispute

BATESVILLE – A federal bankruptcy judge will decide whether the city of Batesville and Panola County can collect property taxes from the bankrupt Tri-Lakes Medical Center. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David W. Houston III wrapped up a hearing this past week. Houston told attorneys for both sides that he will rule in the case in about a month. The city and ...

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Northeast Miss. CC hits record enrollment

BOONEVILLE – Enrollment at Northeast Mississippi Community College has reached a record high this fall. College officials believe the achievement was fueled by increased recruiting efforts and a difficult economy that has caused many people to reevaluate their need for higher education. The college had 3,707 students enrolled when registration ended for the current semester. This marks a 275 student ...

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Corn harvest halted by rain

GREENWOOD – Heavy rain over the weekend has temporarily halted corn harvesting. Jerry Singleton, an agent with the Leflore County Extension Service, said before the rain, Leflore County’s corn harvest was about halfway finished. Singleton said most farmers are trying to wait until their corn gets down to a moisture content of about 15 percent before they harvest it. He ...

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Recession another blow to Miss. Katrina survivors

  OCEAN SPRINGS — In the four years since Hurricane Katrina swallowed Barbara Lambert’s Gulf Coast house, her family has slowly rebuilt its life – moving out of a FEMA mobile home and to another city, finding a job for her husband and enrolling the kids in new schools. Then, the recession hit. The Lamberts and others along the hurricane-stricken ...

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Barbour: Budget cuts possible if revenues anemic

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he’ll start cutting the state budget if tax collections fall significantly short in August, as they did in July. Barbour says cuts could begin in next few weeks, if they’re needed. He says all parts of state government could be subject to reductions – and public schools, community colleges and universities could be ...

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Tropical Storm Danny strengthens in the Atlantic

MIAMI — Tropical Storm Danny has strengthened a little in the Atlantic as it moves toward land while Ignacio has been downgraded to a tropical depression far out in the Pacific. Forecasters say people in the Carolinas and northward to New England should monitor Danny’s progress. Danny has maximum sustained winds of 60 mph (95 kph) early Thursday with slow ...

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