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US stocks edge higher as investors wait for trade updates

Major U.S. stock indexes edged mostly higher in afternoon trading Thursday as investors await signs of progress in trade negotiations between the U.S. and Mexico. The muted trading followed two days of gains driven by investors betting that the Federal Reserve could cut interest rates this year. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the central bank would “act as ...

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Crikey! Kangaroo on the loose in south Mississippi

It isn’t Australia but residents of a Mississippi town might be feeling like they’re down under. News outlets report that Jojo the kangaroo went missing from an elementary school in Gulfport Wednesday morning. Cody Breland of Wild Acres Wildlife Photography & Mobile Petting Zoo was showing children various animals when Jojo got scared and hopped away. Breland says residents shouldn’t ...

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Mississippi River spillway opening indefinitely postponed

Plans to open a major Mississippi River spillway have been canceled. Part of the Morganza Spillway structure northwest of Baton Rouge had been scheduled to open Sunday. But a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman said Thursday that the opening has been indefinitely postponed. Sunday’s opening had been planned to keep the river from overtopping the structure. However, spokesman Ricky ...

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Mississippi town to decide whether to allow alcohol sales

Enough signatures have been gathered to call for a vote on whether to allow alcohol sales in a dry Mississippi town. WCBI-TV reports a group called “Houston Forward” created a petition to add beer, wine and spirits to local restaurants and stores. Voters will decide whether to approve alcohol sales June 27. Chickasaw Development Foundation Director Sean Johnson founded “Houston ...

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Mississippi city no longer provides worker health insurance

Employee of the Mississippi city of Lumberton have been working without employer-provided health insurance for about three months. Mayor Quincy Rogers tells WDAM-TV that the insurance was cut was due to financial issues and saved the city about $140,000. The nature or cause of the financial issues is unclear. The station says workers were promised raises to help compensate them ...

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Mississippi challenges federal expert in mental health trial

A top expert testified Wednesday that his lasting image of Mississippi’s current mental health care system is a room full of apparently overmedicated men, while a community mental health worker herself diagnosed with schizophrenia says she avoids state mental hospitals because she fears losing her freedom.The U.S. Justice Department seeks to prove in the trial that began Tuesday that Mississippi’s ...

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4 pet donkeys shot and killed in Mississippi pasture

Officials are trying to figure out who shot four miniature donkeys in a Mississippi pasture.Callie West Evans tells WLBT-TV that one of her children’s pets was found shot May 20, while three more were found dead on Saturday.All of the animals had gunshot wounds to the stomach. Buzzards flying above a pasture led to the discoveries. Smith County Sheriff Charlie ...

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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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Is there finally more help in the fight against robocalls?

New tools are coming to fight robocalls, but don’t expect unwanted calls to disappear. Political gridlock could derail bills aimed at beefing up enforcement and forcing phone companies to do more. The companies have been slow to act against such automated calls on their own. And even if companies do implement better technology, scammers and telemarketers will somehow get through ...

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Cuba restrictions hit cruise lines at the start of summer

The Trump administration’s new restrictions on travel to Cuba will sting the cruise industry, taking away a new and increasingly popular destination at the start of the critical summer vacation season. Major cruise lines on Wednesday immediately began dropping stops in Cuba from their itineraries and hastily rerouting ships to other destinations including Mexico. The changes affect thousands of passengers ...

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