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  • Romney takes aim at Obama, Clinton in Mississippi Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 1:09 PM ET

    STARKVILLE, Miss.— Mitt Romney hasn't officially declared himself a presidential candidate again, but the 2012 Republican nominee looked and sounded like one during a stop Wednesday in Mississippi, back-slapping at a popular barbecue joint before delivering a speech that questioned Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton's foreign policy and economic...

  • Between the 2009 and 2013 fiscal years, funding for a wide swath of discretionary grant programs, from Head Start preschool education to anti drug initiatives, fell by an average of 40 percent in Republican-leaning states like Texas and Mississippi. By contrast, funding to Democratic-leaning states such as California and politically competitive swing...

  • Trustmark misses Street 4Q forecasts Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 5:27 PM ET

    JACKSON, Miss. _ Trustmark Corp. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $28.1 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 44 cents per share. Analysts expected $149.6 million, according to Zacks.

  • WASHINGTON— Colorado's unemployment rate fell by a third. Louisiana's jumped nearly a quarter. Even Louisiana's gain masked some good news: The state added a healthy number of jobs— just not enough to keep up with population growth.

  • "They were very prepared," said Frank Paskewich, a retired Coast Guard captain and president of Clean Gulf Associates Inc., an oil spill response cooperative. And Justice Department attorney Brandon Robers noted that his cooperative is funded by oil companies and led in part by BP. BP PLC's overall market value is $122 billion, but its lawyers have said that paying...

  • KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Twenty-eight oil companies and retailers have agreed to settle litigation claiming customers were knowingly overcharged when gas station fuel temperatures rose, plaintiffs announced Friday. Federal officials earlier consolidated about 50 lawsuits filed since 2006 from consumers across the country in the U.S. District Court in Kansas...

  • WASHINGTON— Union membership in the United States is down slightly, accounting for just over 11 percent of the workforce last year, the Labor Department reported Friday. The department's Bureau of Labor Statistics said public-sector workers have the highest union membership rate at nearly 36 percent. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka cited "major...

  • Hancock Holding misses Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 5:36 PM ET

    GULFPORT, Miss. _ Hancock Holding Co. on Thursday reported fourth-quarter profit of $40.1 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 58 cents per share. The holding company of Whitney Bank and Hancock Bank posted revenue of $220.5 million in the period, also missing Street forecasts.

  • BancorpSouth misses Street 4Q forecasts Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 4:39 PM ET

    TUPELO, Miss. _ BancorpSouth Inc. on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $28.7 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 31 cents per share. BancorpSouth shares have decreased 10 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • Renasant meets 4Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 5:45 PM ET

    TUPELO, Miss. _ Renasant Corp. on Tuesday reported fourth-quarter profit of $15.6 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 49 cents per share. Renasant shares have decreased nearly 6 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NEW YORK, Jan 9- JPMorgan Chase& Co has agreed in principle to settle class action litigation arising from Bear Stearns' sale of $17.58 billion of mortgage securities that proved defective during the recent U.S. housing and financial crises. The accord, which requires court approval, was disclosed in a Thursday night filing with the U.S. District Court in...

  • Where Christmas is most loved—and hated—in the US Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:39 PM ET
    Atlanta Falcons cheerleaders during game in Atlanta.

    Every part of the U.S. loves Christmas, but one region loves it more than anywhere else.

  • DETROIT, Dec 12- Chrysler Group is expanding its U.S. recall of older-model vehicles with Takata Corp passenger-side air bags, adding a second inflator design to the recall and more affected regions. The company said no accidents or injuries in any of its vehicles have been linked to any Takata passenger-side inflators. Chrysler was one of 10 automakers who...

  • RPT-BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1930 GMT /2:30 PM ET Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 4:11 PM ET

    Editor: Steve Orlofsky+ 1 646 223 6200. WASHINGTON- U.S. consumer spending advanced at a brisk clip in November as lower gasoline prices gave the holiday shopping season a boost, offering the latest sign of underlying momentum in the economy. WASHINGTON- Jack Reed, a Mississippi clothing retailer, says the economic recovery is taking hold for his family business as...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 11- Jack Reed can see the recovery taking hold at his family's 109- year-old clothing store in Tupelo, Mississippi, with sales buoyed in part by the paychecks tied to a Toyota plant up the road and rising confidence that the jobs are here to stay. Our shoppers seem more confident than they did a year ago, "said Reed, 63, whose chain of four stores clocked a...

  • Dec 10- Goodrich Petroleum Corp said it would explore strategic options for all or a part of its Eagle Ford shale assets in South Texas to boost liquidity, as oil prices fall. Several oil producers, including ConocoPhillips, Apache Corp and Halcon Resources have set lower budgets for 2015 due to a near 40 percent drop in global crude prices. Goodrich, which also has...

  • "We are definitely in growth mode," said Lee Eilers, the chief executive at Marion Mixers, an Iowa maker of giant mixing machines used in the production of everything from pancake mix to dishwasher soap. The firm has added three welders this year, bringing its head count to 44, and Eilers plans to hire six more people in 2015, although he said there are enough...

  • Dec 4- Workers in the fast-food, home care and airline industries are staging protests and strikes throughout the United States on Thursday to advocate for a $15 minimum wage and other labor rights. Workers are expected to stage strikes and walkouts at both fast-food restaurants like McDonald's, Burger King and Wendy's, and major airports like John F. Kennedy...

  • WAHINGTON/ DETROIT, Dec 3- Chrysler Group has told regulators it will expand a U.S. recall of vehicles with Takata Corp passenger-side air bags, but stopped short of including all models regulators wanted included, a company statement issued on Wednesday shows. "At this time, data analysis indicates the front passenger-side inflators in affected pickups...

  • WAHINGTON/ DETROIT, Dec 3- Chrysler Group has informally told regulators it will expand a U.S. recall of vehicles with Takata Corp passenger-side air bags, a top regulator said. Congressional hearing on problems with Takata air bags in older vehicles sold by at least 10 automakers. In June, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles unit recalled about 371,000 Dodge, Ram and...