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Mississippi Fair Commission cancels food and beverage service RFP

Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Andy Gipson, who also serves as the Chairman of the Mississippi Fair Commission, announced today that the Mississippi Fair Commission has cancelled the Request for Proposals for food and beverage service on the State Fairgrounds. “On Tuesday, November 26, 2019, I convened a telephonic meeting of the Mississippi Fair Commission to consider information regarding a ...

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Good to the last drop: Coffee company provides funds for international, local missions

By DAVID PANNELL / Daily Journal FULTON • When he started My Brother’s Cup coffee company 10 years ago, Mike Pittman of Tupelo didn’t know beans about coffee. “I didn’t even drink coffee,” the 65-year-old Pittman said with a chuckle. “It was crazy; I didn’t have a clue.’ Now Pittman is a genuine java pro. He spends his days roasting, grinding, ...

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US gains a robust 266,000 jobs; unemployment falls to 3.5%

Hiring in the United States jumped last month to its highest level since January as U.S. employers shrugged off trade conflicts and a global slowdown and added 266,000 jobs. The unemployment rate dipped to 3.5% from 3.6% in October, matching a half-century low, the Labor Department reported Friday. And wages rose a solid 3.1% in November compared with a year ...

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New wave of suits linked to BP oil spill hitting courts

A new wave of lawsuits against BP is hitting the federal courts nearly a decade after the Gulf oil spill. The new litigation is the result of a court ruling that blocks thousands of people from a medical settlement negotiated after the 2010 environmental disaster. It threatens to clog court dockets for years, and it means plaintiffs like Sherry Carney ...

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Business partner acquitted in $85M Mississippi Ponzi scheme

The former business partner of a Mississippi man convicted of running a Ponzi scheme in which investors lost more than $85 million has been found not guilty of assisting in the crime. Jurors acquitted William McHenry, 72, of securities and commodities fraud and wire fraud charges Thursday in federal court in Jackson. Prosecutors had argued McHenry recruited investors for Arthur ...

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Board considers plan on moving Ole Miss Confederate monument

State officials are considering the University of Mississippi’s proposal to move a Confederate soldier monument from a central spot on the Oxford campus to a Confederate cemetery that’s still on campus but in a less prominent location. Trustees of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History are meeting Friday, and the proposal is on the agenda. The move would still ...

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Audit: Narcotics director was improperly paid for comp time

Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Director John Dowdy was improperly paid for working extra hours and inappropriately used a clothing allowance that should not have been available to him, the state auditor’s office said in a report released Thursday. The report from Auditor Shad White said Dowdy should repay MBN $27,662 for compensatory time buyouts he received and $2,450 for shirts ...

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Nissan gives workers 2 unpaid days off as US sales slump

Nissan Motor Co. is making its U.S. factory and office employees take two days off without pay amid slumping sales. The company’s U.S. sales this year are down 7.8% through November. Nissan says nearly all of its 21,000 U.S. workers must take Jan. 2 and 3 off without compensation. A company statement says the furloughs will “optimize business performance and ...

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Charges dropped against homeowner in Mississippi boy’s death

Authorities in Mississippi dropped have neglect charges against the owner of a home where a 5-year-old boy was found dead in September. The boy’s caregiver remains charged with capital murder, and his mother with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The body of Jakie Toole was found Sept. 11, wrapped in a bag in the basement of Alicia Thames’ ...

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Parents sue Mississippi official over shared autopsy photos

Parents of a late 21-year-old Mississippi man are suing a city official they say invited the public to view autopsy photos of their son and discuss the case. The lawsuit by Todd and Rae Andreacchio filed Tuesday accuses the chief administrative officer of Meridian of invading their privacy and intentionally inflicting emotional distress, according to The Meridian Star. Such efforts by Richie ...

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