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Harper voices opposition to energy bill

WASHINGTON — Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) made the following statement as a House Republican delegation prepares to attend the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. “In today’s struggling economy, America cannot afford to gamble with a misguided energy policy. This is why I oppose the Democrats’ national energy tax and support an ‘all of the above’ energy bill. Harnessing new ...

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U.S. unemployment claims rise

In the week ending Dec. 12, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims in the U.S. was 480,000, an increase of 7,000 from the previous week’s revised figure. The four-week moving average was 467,500, a decrease of 5,250 from the previous week’s revised average. The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.9 percent for the week ending ...

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AirTran to resume Coast service

GULFPORT — AirTran Airways has made public plans to resume scheduled service from Gulfport/Biloxi to the carrier’s hub in Atlanta and add new service from Gulfport/Biloxi to Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla. This service will begin Jan. 8, and will replace existing charter service to Atlanta. Flights to Atlanta and Tampa/St. Petersburg will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays with the airline’s ...

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Barbour searching for new D.A.

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Gov. Haley Barbour is conducting a search to replace District Attorney Laurence Mellen of the 11th District. Mellen has resigned his post, effective Dec. 31. The 11th Circuit Court District includes the counties of Bolivar, Coahoma, Quitman and Tunica. “I commend Laurence on his 26 years of service as the DA in the 11th District and wish ...

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Study to look at high tunnels

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has introduced a new pilot project under the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative for farmers to establish high tunnels, also known as hoop houses, to increase the availability of locally grown produce in a conservation-friendly way. The three-year, 38-state study that will include Mississippi will verify if high tunnels are ...

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Average earnings up and down

Real average hourly earnings in the U.S. fell 0.5 percent from October to November, seasonally adjusted, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. A 0.5 percent increase in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) more than offset a 0.1 percent increase in average hourly earnings for production and non-supervisory workers. Real average weekly earnings rose ...

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New furniture manufacturer to begin operations

NETTLETON — HomeStretch LLC, an upholstered furniture manufacturing company, is setting up operations in Nettleton. The new company is an investment by owners William “Skipper” Holliman and Gentry Long that will create 140 new jobs over the next four years. Monroe County will borrow $1.5 million from the Mississippi Development Authority’s (MDA’s) Capital Improvements Revolving Loan Program fund for the ...

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FTC accuses Intel of anticompetitive practices

WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is suing Intel Corp., the world’s leading computer chip maker, charging that the company has illegally used its dominant market position for a decade to stifle competition and strengthen its monopoly. In its complaint, the FTC alleges that Intel has waged a systematic campaign to shut out rivals’ competing microchips by cutting off ...

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Shrimping season extended

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources has extended the shrimping season for Mississippi territorial waters north of the Intracoastal Waterway to Jan. 14, 2010. Those waters will close to shrimping at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 15, 2010. If biological sampling indicates a movement of large numbers of juvenile shrimp into this area, the area may close ...

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Report: State to lead in auto loan problems

TransUnion released its annual auto loan forecast indicating national auto loan delinquencies (the ratio of borrowers 60 or more days past due) will increase approximately 7 percent at the end of 2010 to 0.92 percent from an expected 0.86 percent at the conclusion of 2009. It forecasts that Mississippi will have the highest delinquency rate in the nation at the ...

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