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Trade war comes to Louisville, Jack Daniels takes tariff hit

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Led by strong sales for its whiskey and tequila brands, Brown-Forman Corp. reported higher fourth-quarter net income Wednesday despite taking a hit from the Trump administration’s tariff fight. The Louisville, Kentucky-based company — best known for its Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey brand — said tariff-related price adjustments shaved 1 percentage point off its full-year net sales growth. ...

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Mississippi Capitol hosts funeral of former US Sen. Cochran

Flags in Mississippi are flying at half-staff to honor a Republican former U.S. senator who brought billions of dollars to the state. The first of two funeral services for Thad Cochran is taking place Monday at the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson. The second is on Tuesday at a church in the city. Cochran was 81 when he died Thursday in ...

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ANALYSIS: Mississippi says mental health demands exceed law

There’s a man, 68 years old when a federal government expert met him, who at the time had been admitted to one of Mississippi’s state mental hospitals 46 times in his life. That man is an exemplar of the case the federal government will seek to make during a bench trial that’s scheduled to start Tuesday before U.S. District Judge ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Debate strategy puts lid on issues

Important issues in the Republican primary for governor are getting short shrift. The second Republican gubernatorial debate is scheduled for June 7th at Southwest Community College in Summit. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will again be a no-show. He skipped the first one held April 2nd at Mississippi State University too. His absence kept the first debate off television and, apparently, ...

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MDAH names New Director of Eudora Welty House

Lauren Rhoades was named the new director of the Eudora Welty House and Garden. She previously served as public assistance specialist at the Welty House. Rhoades worked for two years as a FoodCorps service member in Jackson and led nutrition and garden education programs at Magnolia Speech School and Raines Elementary School. In 2015, she was named the FoodCorps Mississippi ...

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1 of 9 Dems leaves Mississippi governor’s race, backs Hood

One of the nine Democrats running for Mississippi governor is withdrawing from the race and throwing his support to the candidate who has raised the most money in that primary. Phillip West is a former state representative, former mayor of Natchez and former Adams County supervisor. He issued a statement Thursday saying he is supporting fourth-term Democratic Attorney General Jim ...

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Former US Sen. Cochran’s funeral set for Mississippi Capitol

A funeral will be held next week in the Mississippi Capitol for former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, a Republican who represented the state for 45 years. Cochran died Thursday at a veterans’ nursing home in Oxford, Mississippi. He was 81. Coleman Funeral Home says visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the University of Mississippi Robert C. Khayat Law ...

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Lawsuit calls Mississippi’s way of choosing governors racist

In 1890, as white politicians across the South cracked down on the black population with Jim Crow laws, Mississippi inserted into its constitution an unusually high bar for getting elected governor or winning any other state office. The provision, which remains in force to this day, says candidates must win not only a majority of the popular vote — that ...

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Former US Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi dies at 81

Former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, who served seven terms and used seniority to steer billions of dollars to his home state of Mississippi, has died. He was 81. Cochran’s final chief of staff, Brad White, said Cochran died Thursday at a veterans’ nursing home in Oxford. Cochran was elected to the U.S. House in 1972. When he won a Senate ...

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Lee promoted to Assistant Secretary of State of Business Services Division

Jeff Lee, formerly a senior attorney in the Secretary of State’s Securities Division, has been promoted to Assistant Secretary of State of Business Services. Lee’s primary responsibilities in his new role include overseeing the processing of formation and other documents for foreign and domestic corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, and other businesses and non-profit entities. The Business Services Division ...

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