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Gov. Bryant believes he’s done cutting budget this year

By BOBBY HARRISON Daily Journal Gov. Phil Bryant says he does not anticipate having to make any more budget cuts this year to offset sluggish revenue collections. “I think we are in good shape right now,” the Republican governor said recently. “We are within the revenue number.” Bryant said any issues dealing with the budget for the current fiscal year ...

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Treasurer running unclaimed property booth at state fair

Mississippi State Fair checklist: Ride the Ferris wheel, eat some greasy food, check for free money. State Treasurer Lynn Fitch says her office will operate a booth at the fair so people can see if they have unclaimed money or property that’s being held by the state. The fair runs Wednesday through Oct. 16 on the State Fairgrounds in Jackson. ...

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Stocks say ‘nevermind’; reverse recent losses as banks jump

U.S. stocks are climbing Friday and regaining the previous day’s losses. Banks are recovering from a sharp drop as Deutsche Bank tries to reassure investors about its financial health. Strong earnings from Costco are giving consumer stocks a lift and energy companies are also trading higher. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 200 points, or 1.1 percent, to ...

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Stock indexes edge higher in early trading

U.S. stock markets are slightly higher in a quiet start to Wednesday trading as energy companies rise with the price of oil. Phone and utility companies are slipping. Beer makers AB InBev and Molson Coors are rising after SABMiller’s shareholders approved the $103 billion deal that will combine InBev with SABMiller, forming the world’s largest brewe. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow ...

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Who funds campaigns? Mississippi eases into searchable info

Mississippi is becoming the last state to allow electronic filing of campaign finance reports, a step toward easier public access to information about who is spending money to influence elections. The National Institute on Money in State Politics says all other states already had either mandatory or voluntary electronic filing of finance reports. Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann launched ...

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State economist: Mississippi economy grows, but lags US

A late summer pickup in job growth could boost Mississippi’s economic output for 2017, state economist Darrin Webb said Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean the Magnolia State’s economy is off to the races. Webb told an audience at Millsaps College that the state appears to be on track for its overall economic output to expand for the first back-to-back years ...

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Banks tumble with interest rates, leading a US stock slide

U.S. stocks are slumping Monday and banks are taking the biggest losses. Shares of Deutsche Bank hit an all-time low and interest rates are moving lower. Pfizer is pulling drugmakers down after it announced it won’t break up into two companies. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average lost 153 points, or 0.8 percent, to 18,107 as of 3:15 p.m. ...

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Revolution, resolutions: addressing the Cuban situation

By JACK WEATHERLY  Several measures have been submitted to Congress in the past year that would restore trade with Cuba after 55 years of embargo after Fidel Castro led a communist overthrow of the government. Whichever, if any, that eventually becomes law would have an effect on the Magnolia State. The Mississippi Development Authority has set an Oct. 20 seminar ...

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World stocks lower as investors assess outlook, take profits

Stock markets around the world fell modestly Friday as investors booked some of the profits made this week. The main factors behind this week’s broad-based ascent were relief that the U.S. Federal Reserve didn’t raise interest rates and a modest easing in policy from the Bank of Japan. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares ...

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