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US stocks fall ahead of Fed decision on interest rates

Stocks moved broadly lower on Wall Street in afternoon trading Wednesday ahead of a highly anticipated decision from the Federal Reserve on interest rates. The Fed is expected to cut its benchmark interest for a second time this year. Close attention will be paid to any clues Fed Chairman Jerome Powell gives about future rate policy during a 2:30 p.m. ...

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Jackson County School Board replaces longtime superintendent

The Jackson County School Board has voted to replace longtime Superintendent Barry Amacker. News outlets report the board voted Monday to hire John Strycker, who is superintendent of schools in Butler County, Alabama, and a former superintendent in Michigan. This year is the first year school boards in Mississippi are charged with appointing a school superintendent. In the past, voters ...

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Rush Health Systems and Ochsner Health System announce partnership

Rush Health Systems and Ochsner Health System has announced a strategic partnership designed to enhance local healthcare services through the implementation of the best-in-class electronic health information software, Epic, and Ochsner’s comprehensive telemedicine capabilities. As part of the agreement, Rush will also gain access to Ochsner’s nationally-recognized billing practices and other support services with the goal of delivering a more ...

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Derrington joins Great Southern Bank

Dan W. Derrington, Sr. joins Great Southern Bank as Senior Vice President and Mortgage Lender, according to Von Burt, Meridian President. Derrington, a native of Jackson, is a graduate of Wingfield High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Mississippi State University and is also a graduate from The Mississippi School of Banking in Oxford. ...

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Tullos joins Hattiesburg Clinic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Jessica M. Tullos, DO, joined Hattiesburg Clinic Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. Tullos treats a wide range of orthopaedic conditions, from chronic issues to acute injuries. She also provides treatment and management for concussions. She has special practice interests in female athletic health and concussion management. Tullos received her medical degree from William Carey University – College of Osteopathic Medicine in ...

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Workforce leaders spin key report, overstate Mississippi’s role as leader in growing jobs for workers without college degrees

By ANNA WOLF / Mississippi Today If you’re like 74 percent of workers in Mississippi and don’t have a bachelor’s degree, the state has good news for you: Mississippi is ranked second in the nation for creating high-paying jobs that don’t require a four-year college degree. The information has been trumpeted by the state’s top workforce development officials, celebrated amidst ...

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Mississippi gas prices going up, but how much is anyone’s guess

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • The attack on an oil refinery in Saudi Arabia over the weekend is sending gas price higher, and it didn’t take long for that impact to be felt in Northeast Mississippi. Monday morning, a gallon at the Dodge’s store on West Main Street in Tupelo was at $2.03. By the early afternoon, ...

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Vape shop pioneer welcomes industry regulation

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Scott Stone opened the first vape shop in Mississippi in 2014, and he’s been busy talking to customers and others about the “vaping epidemic” that has topped headlines in recent week. “It’s the black market that’s selling stuff that’s causing problems all over north Mississippi and across the country,” said Stone, owner of Amaza ...

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Officer awarded by NRA for fatal shooting sues over job loss

The National Rifle Association’s 2012 national Law Enforcement Officer of the Year has accused his former police department of forcing him to resign. The Clarion Ledger reports David McCarley filed a federal lawsuit Monday against the police department of Pearl, Mississippi, that asks for reinstatement and full back pay. The 51-year-old McCarley was recognized by the NRA for killing a ...

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Hood calls for preschool, teacher pay, higher K-12 spending

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jim Hood on Tuesday detailed an ambitious education program which, if fully implemented, would bring the biggest increase in Mississippi education spending in more than a decade. Hood, Mississippi’s attorney general, told reporters after appearing at a school in Greenville that he wants to expand Mississippi’s small state-funded preschool program, make a big boost in teacher salaries ...

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