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  • The French government has an ownership stake in Nissan's business partner, the Renault Group, and pro-union advocates hope French officials can lobby the company. It's part of a continuing worldwide effort by the UAW to push Nissan to be more accepting of the union. The French government owns almost 20 percent of Renault, which in turn owns 42 percent of Nissan.

  • JACKSON, Miss. _ Trustmark Corp. on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $21.5 million. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $146.5 million. Access a Zacks stock report on TRMK at http://www.zacks.com/ap/TRMK.

  • PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Historical markers have long dotted the landscape, often barely noticed by passers-by— until they became treasure-filled stops this month on the "Pokemon Go" trail. Players hunting for fictional creatures on their smartphones are now visiting real-life memorial plaques, statues, mosaics and landmarks, ranging from a Civil War battlefield in...

  • HATTIESBURG, Miss. _ The First Bancshares Inc. on Friday reported second-quarter profit of $2.6 million. The First Bancshares shares have decreased slightly more than 3 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: The First Bancshares, Earnings Report.

  • GULFPORT, Miss. _ Hancock Holding Co. on Wednesday reported second-quarter net income of $46.9 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 44 cents per share. Hancock Holding shares have risen 10 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • TUPELO, Miss. _ BancorpSouth Inc. on Wednesday reported second-quarter profit of $34.7 million. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 39 cents per share. BancorpSouth shares have fallen slightly more than 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • JACKSON, Miss. _ EastGroup Properties Inc. on Wednesday reported a key measure of profitability in its second quarter. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 99 cents per share. EastGroup Properties expects full-year funds from operations to be $4 per share.

  • GULFPORT, Miss.— The Latest on the trial of a Texas lawyer accused of inflating his client list for Gulf oil spill litigation:. The head of the 2010 oil spill claims office says he was suspicious when San Antonio attorney Mikal Watts told him he was handling claims from 41,000 fishermen. A federal prosecutor has told jurors in Gulfport, Mississippi, that evidence...

  • GULFPORT, Miss.— The head of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill claims office testified Wednesday that he was suspicious when a Texas lawyer told him he was handling claims from 41,000 fishermen. Kenneth Feinberg was the first witness in the federal fraud case against San Antonio attorney Mikal Watts and six co-defendants accused of inflating Watts' client list.

  • TUPELO, Miss. _ Renasant Corp. on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $22.9 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 49 cents per share. Renasant shares have decreased slightly more than 1 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • GULFPORT, Miss.— The Latest on the Gulf oil spill identity fraud trial of a Texas lawyer and six co-defendants:. Attorney Mikal Watts of San Antonio, Texas, and the others are accused of helping to inflate his client list for BP oil spill litigation. Mikal Watts, two non-attorney members of his law firm and four contract workers are going on trial Monday in federal...

  • JACKSON, Miss. _ Cal-Maine Foods Inc. on Monday reported a fiscal fourth-quarter loss of $376,000, after reporting a profit in the same period a year earlier. The Jackson, Mississippi- based company said it had a loss of 1 cent per share. Keywords: Cal-Maine Foods, Earnings Report.

  • NEW ORLEANS— A Texas lawyer and six co-defendants are now facing a reduced indictment of 73 charges, instead of 95, at federal trial on accusations that they faked more than 40,000 damage claims after the BP oil spill in 2010.. Online court records show that prosecutors dropped 22 counts of identity document fraud before jury selection began Monday in Gulfport,...

  • NEW YORK, July 13- Wealthy U.S. investors are holding record cash balances out of fear that the U.S. presidential election will wreak havoc on their retirement accounts, a senior UBS Group AG executive said. Bob McCann, who chairs the Swiss bank's Americas division, said in an interview this week that clients are confident about the economy but hesitant to invest...

  • July 12- Valero Energy Corp said on Tuesday it bought Kinder Morgan Inc's 50 percent stake in Parkway Pipeline LLC, previously a joint venture between the two companies. The move will give Valero increased access to the eastern United States by connecting the pipeline to Colonial Pipeline Co's system that runs from Houston to New York Harbor.

  • July 12- Valero Energy Corp bought the remaining 50 percent stake in Parkway Pipeline LLC and said it would gain increased access to eastern United States by connecting the pipeline to Colonial Pipeline Co's Gulf Coast- to-U.S. Parkway Pipeline LLC transports refined products from Valero's St. Charles refinery in Norco, Louisiana to Collins, Mississippi.

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  • July 9- WellCare Health Plans Inc and Centene Corp have made competing offers for the Medicare Advantage insurance plans that Aetna Inc is looking to shed as its seeks clearance for its acquisition of Humana Inc, people familiar with the matter said. WellCare and Centene submitted bids this week for a portfolio of Aetna's Medicare Advantage plans that covers...

  • NEW YORK, June 30- When New York and California became the first states to lift the minimum hourly wage towards $15 earlier this year, New York state adopted a two-speed system that makes it a perfect testing ground for both advocates and opponents of government mandated pay hikes. While California set a state-wide schedule of reaching the $15 level by 2022, New...

  • WASHINGTON, June 29- BancorpSouth Inc has agreed to pay $10.6 million to settle civil charges that it discriminated against African-American prospective home buyers in the Memphis area as well as in parts of neighboring Mississippi and Arkansas, the U.S. government said on Wednesday. The U.S. Justice Department and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said...