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Babalu donates 1,000 cans to Stewpot

Diners’ donations have allowed Babalu Tacos & Tapas in Jackson to donate more than 1,000 cans of food to Stewpot Community Services, a Jackson-based social services organization. During December, customers were offered a $10 Babalu gift certificate for five or more cans donated. “Being active in the community is something that’s very important to all of us at Babalu,” said ...

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Ashley Furniture adds Verona plant to Mississippi operations

  Ashley Furniture Industries is expanding its manufacturing in Mississippi with the start of operations in a 275,000-square-foot facility in Verona, and will create 60 jobs at the new plant. Ashley Furniture has been in the state for nearly 20 years and has plants in Ecru and Ripley. It will use its new Verona facility, which is situated on a ...

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Roe v. Wade at 40 — Interactive Map: America’s Abortion Clinics

The Daily Beast looks at access to abortion services in America, identifying and confirming the location—though not the address—of the country’s remaining 724 clinics, and calculating the distance to the closest clinic in every part of the country. By Michael Keller and Allison Yarrow. In the four decades since Roe v. Wade, states have enacted hundreds of provisions restricting access ...

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Forecaster Forum: Reports that newspapers are dying are greatly exaggerated

When it comes to newspapers, there are two cousins – large metro dailies and community newspapers. The latter includes weeklies and small dailies (publishing three or fewer days a week). Safer and reporters and broadcasters from media giants across the United States and around the world owe it to the public – and to community newspaper owners and staffers – ...

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Rainfall, snow melts improve outlook for Mississippi River navigation

Recent sustained rains and melting snow across the Mississippi Valley will ensure continuing navigation on the Mississippi River through mid-February, even if no additional rain falls between now and Feb. 15, the Army Corps of Engineers says. The period from Jan. 9-13 saw three-eighths inches of rain, with10+ inches locally, over the Ohio River Valley and the Mississippi watershed south ...

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MBJ: Mr. Governor, jobs – not disunion – are what Mississippians value

’Ole Miss has its black bear. Not to be outdone, the Governor’s Office has its pander bear. What besides a pander to the “civil-war-is-around-the corner “ crowd could be behind Gov. Phil Bryant’s order to his lieutenants in the Legislature to adopt measures that have their foundation in the long-discredited mid 19th century idea of state nullification of federal laws? ...

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Comfort Revolution plant having grand opening Monday in Belmont

  Sleep products producer Comfort Revolution will officially open its nearly half-million square-foot Belmont plant in Tishomingo County Monday with a 10 a.m. grand opening ceremony. West Long Branch, N.J.-based Comfort Revolution expects to employ about 200 workers over the next three years. The operation, housed in a renovated 432,650 square-foot building at 9 Industrial Park Drive, is the company’s ...

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Jindal wants to nix Louisiana's personal, corporate income taxes

Here’s an idea that Mississippi’s wage earners and corporate CEOs might like to see exported to here from Louisiana: Ending individual and corporate income taxes. Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal said on Thursday he wants to eliminate all Louisiana personal and corporate income taxes to simplify the state’s tax code and make it more friendly to business. The governor did not ...

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10 Mississippi non-profits getting boost from Women's Fund

    The Women’s Fund of Mississippi is marking its first decade by investing $346,000 in 10 nonprofits across Mississippi for programs that support programs that support women and girls.   In announcing the 2013 grants, the Jackson-based Women’s Fund said the awards will help provide young women across the state with access to teen-oriented health services, gain financial literacy ...

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Nissan adding revamped Murano crossover to Canton plant lineup

  Nissan used the celebration of its 10th anniversary in Canton to announce some further good news for the region: the Japanese automaker will begin production of the next generation Murano crossover at the Central Mississippi plant in 2014. Introduced in 2002, the Murano has stood out as among the most distinctively styled vehicles in its class both inside and ...

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