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TECHNOLOGY & TELECOM - Market Sector

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VIDEO — Is business as we know it going to go the way of the Dodo?

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czNzulNl31s&w=560&h=315] Vivek Wadhwa of Singularity University returns talks to The Big Think as part of today’s featured video interview. The topic isdisruption: the phenomenon that occurs when radical innovations ignite revolutionary or evolutionary change in an industry. A simple example of this is what services like Lyft and Uber have done to disrupt the taxi industry. On…

BANKING & FINANCE - Market Sector

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Renasant beefs up in Georgia with $258M purchase of HeritageBank

Tupelo’s Renasant Bank continued its march through Georgia last week with a definitive agreement to acquire Albany’s $1.9 billion Heritage Financial Group Inc., parent of HeritageBank of the South, through a stock purchase. Renasant, which a couple years ago began establishing a presence in North Georgia with acquisitions in Blairsville and suburban Atlanta, will gain…

MANUFACTURING/PRIVATE COMPANIES - Market Sector

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Jindal raises money for Tate Reeves

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves GULFPORT — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is helping raise campaign cash for Mississippi’s Republican lieutenant governor, Tate Reeves, who’s seeking a second term in 2015. A Reeves campaign email says Jindal was appearing at Reeves’ fundraiser Thursday evening at a home in Gulfport, with ticket prices ranging from $250 to $2,500.…

ENERGY - Market Sector

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Shale oil: market correction or longterm direction?

By Jack Weatherly The golden age of hydraulic fracturing began about 10 years ago “as oil and gas producers began to explore the nation’s massive shale formations in earnest,” according to an essay on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers website. Expansion of the technique in subterranean shale formations has pushed the United States toward oil…

HEALTH CARE - Market Sector

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Miss. surgeon sentenced in tax evasion case

GULFPORT — An orthopedic surgeon on the Mississippi Gulf Coast has been sentenced to 75 months in prison for a tax evasion conviction. The U.S. attorney’s office says 50-year-old Dr. Timothy Dale Jackson of Pass Christian was sentenced Thursday by U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden. The judge also imposed a $12,500 fine and ordered Jackson…

GAMING/HOSPITALITY - Market Sector

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Hyatt-Place is Columbus’ newest hotel option

The Columbus and Lowndes County hospitality market is continuing a growth spurt with the opening of a Hyatt- Place Hotel that joins a new prototype Hampton Inn scheduled to open next month. Those properties follow a Courtyard By Marriot and a Fairfield Inn that have opened in the last three years. Hyatt-Place Columbus is only…

REAL ESTATE - Market Sector

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Tanger Outlets involved in Southaven project

SOUTHAVEN — Outlet mall operator Tanger is expected to announce soon its involvement in a project in Mississippi. Southaven Mayor Darren Musselwhite says the public part of the project has been addressed. Southaven and DeSoto County officials several years ago approved a $15 million tax increment financing plan in which bonds will be issued to…

EDUCATION - Market Sector

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Miss. universities win final OK to raise tuition

JACKSON — Mississippi’s College Board gave final approval Thursday to plans for the state’s eight public universities to raise tuition by an average of 3.2 percent this fall. Under the plan, Delta State University and Mississippi Valley State University would keep tuition flat for the third year. The other six universities would increase charges from…

AGRICULTURE - Market Sector

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‘Blue Economy’ important for Mississippi’s future

A new study looking at Mississippi’s maritime industries spotlights the importance of shipbuilding, fishing, oceanography and marine technology as a dominant force in the state’s economy. The data show that in the three coastal counties, about 51,000 people – 35 percent of the entire workforce – are employed in so- called blue industries. And it’s…

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