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Hundreds attend job fair held by Mississippi shipbuilder

A job fair at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Mississippi drew hundreds of people interested in the work. Ingalls Vice President of Operations George Jones called Saturday’s turnout tremendous. WLOX-TV reports that Jones says the Pascagoula shipyard is hiring mainly in pipe welding and pipe fitting positions at the moment. Ingalls is looking to fill 500 jobs by the end of the ...

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Analysis: Reeves, Hood have played different budget roles

The Mississippi governor’s race this year pits Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who has shaped the state budget-writing process, against Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood, who has brought in some of the money that pays for state government. In the weeks leading to the Nov. 5 general election, voters will hear plenty of back-and-forth between the two candidates about budget ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — What issues will matter most to voters in November?

What issues will matter most to voters when choosing Mississippi’s next governor? Republican nominee Tate Reeves wants to convince voters that his opponent is a tax and spend, anti-Trump liberal. Democratic nominee Jim Hood wants to convince voters that his opponent is a self-serving politician who cares more about corporate cronies than average Mississippians. It’s going to be that kind ...

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AP: Women facing restrictions seek abortions out of state

ATLANTA — Thousands of women in the U.S. have crossed state lines for an abortion in recent years as states have passed ever stricter laws and the number of clinics has declined. Although abortion opponents say the laws are intended to reduce abortions and not send people to other states, at least 276,000 women terminated their pregnancies outside their home ...

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Security guard who saved lives now struggles with PTSD

By JUSTIN VICORY Mississippi Clarion Ledger MCCOMB  — A week earlier, he had killed someone. At first, he thought he was fine. After all, he was back on duty at the Social Security Administration office in McComb, having been cleared by three separate law enforcement agencies. But massive headaches, extreme neck cramps and chronic insomnia would overshadow any notion of ...

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Love for the underdog: Teacher makes room in life for others

By TESS VRBIN The Dispatch COLUMBUS — Slabs of wood meant for a wheelchair ramp leaned against the walls Monday (Sept. 2) just outside Karen Sisk’s house, where 22 people and four dogs just celebrated Labor Day weekend. Joshua, an 11-year-old boy she homeschools, had surgery on Aug. 23 and is temporarily in a wheelchair, she said. He was “probably ...

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Volunteers step up to help a struggling animal shelter

Soon after reports emerged of Columbia police euthanizing animals by shooting them, a Columbia man who saw how much the shelter needed help decided he would step in and do something. “I was watching all the criticism on Facebook with everybody saying they should or shouldn’t do this, but I’ve not seen anybody step up to actually do it,” said ...

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Musician gets nods for independent artist awards

GREENWOOD SPRINGS, Miss. — Leah Rose Duncan has been mumbling tunes since before she could talk. Adding to that, she used to get in front of the TV screen at home when “American Idol” was on and perform for her parents, stealing the spotlight from notable artists in the making. The 18-year-old Smithville High School graduate is hopeful to have ...

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Mississippi: Veggie burgers must be clearly labeled

Mississippi is considering new rules that let companies continue to use food-labeling terms such as “veggie burger” and “vegan bacon,” as long as the terms are prominently displayed so consumers understand the products are not meat. The state agriculture department on Thursday proposed new regulations for plant-based products that are sold as alternatives to meat. The regulations came in response ...

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Mississippi high court affirms charter schools’ funding

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed the state’s method of using tax money to pay for charter schools, rejecting a challenge that sought to cut off local money to the schools. The Southern Poverty Law Center sued the state in 2016 on behalf of seven parents who send their children to Jackson schools. The suit argued that charter schools ...

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