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Stocks slump as Trump says trade deal with China can wait

U.S. stocks fell sharply in early trading Tuesday after President Donald Trump cast doubt over the potential for a trade deal with China this year and threatened to impose tariffs on French goods. Trump said he has “no deadline” for a deal and didn’t mind waiting until after the election next year to make one. Investors had been hoping for ...

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Bloomberg back in Jackson to tout criminal justice reform

Michael Bloomberg — presidential candidate, billionaire and former mayor of New York City — is visiting Jackson. He is scheduled to speak at a criminal justice reform roundtable with Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba, as well as community leaders. Bloomberg, who last week announced his run for the Democratic nomination for president, will be at Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural ...

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Federal court hears felon voting rights case in Mississippi

A federal appeals court hears arguments Tuesday on the constitutionality of Mississippi laws that permanently bar certain felons from voting unless they can get their rights restored through what advocates say is a difficult process. Six convicted felons are pushing to have their voting rights restored through a lawsuit filed in federal court in Mississippi. They have argued that the ...

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Mississippi sheriff objects to county jail’s closing

A Mississippi county is closing its jail in two weeks because of financial problems. News outlets report the Issaquena County Board of Supervisors voted Monday to close the regional correctional facility. Board of Supervisors President Eddie Holcomb says the jail is a financial drain on the county. The facility, which holds about 300 inmates, will close Dec. 17. Issaquena County ...

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Mississippi city mayor says won’t seek another term in 2020

The mayor of one Mississippi city says he will not seek a second term in 2020. Natchez Mayor Darryl Grennell made the announcement during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony Friday evening. The Natchez Democrat reports that Grennell said the ceremony was bittersweet because it was the last tree lighting he would attend as mayor. Afterward, he confirmed to the newspaper that he ...

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Wanted Mississippi murder suspect captured in California

A fugitive captured in California is being extradited back to Mississippi where he’ll be charged with first-degree murder. Hattiesburg police said in a statement they arrested 48-year-old Carzetta Myers in San Diego last week. He’ll also be charged with obstruction of justice. News outlets report Myers was wanted in connection with the September shooting of 31-year-old David Lee Bolton. Bolton was found ...

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Asian shares slip after US stock tumble amid trade tensions

Asian shares slipped Tuesday, following a drop on Wall Street amid pessimism over U.S.-China trade tensions. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 lost 0.7% to 23,379.05. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 slid 2.0% to 6,725.30. South Korea’s Kospi declined nearly 0.5% to 2,082.45. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 0.1% to 26,415.70, while the Shanghai Composite was down 0.1% at 2,872.74. Technology companies led a ...

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Cookie baking that started on a whim becomes a franchise chain

By JACK WEATHERLY The story of Whimsy Cookie Co. began where you might imagine – in someone’s home kitchen. Laurie Suriff began by making cookies for her husband’s clients, then for others. Then she began selling them. That’s the way things went for several years. Then, by chance, she joined forces with Leigh Anne Tuohy, whose adoptive son, Michael Oher, ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Ranking the professions

Each year the Gallup organization surveys Americans to determine how they feel about certain professions. The December 2018 survey revealed that nurses rated highest for honesty and ethics for 17th consecutive year. Members of Congress and telemarketers rated lowest. Below are the rankings for each profession. Respondents in the survey were asked the following question: Please tell me how you ...

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Stocks fall over trade tensions, weak economic reports

Stocks fell in afternoon trading Monday on Wall Street as trade tensions flared with China’s diplomatic retaliation for U.S. support of protesters in Hong Kong. The selling accelerated after the U.S. government issued weak manufacturing and construction reports. Technology stocks were the biggest drag on the market. Many of the companies in that sector rely on China for sales and ...

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