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Zombies? Civil War? What the heck, it's just business

A new nation created in rebellion to the reelection of President Obama and hordes of zombies stalking the land like holiday shoppers in a mall parking lot  on Black Friday. Both scenarios gave a boost to firearms and gun accessory sales at Dwayne Ems’ booth last weekend at the Capital City Gun Show in Jackson. Ems is quite willing to ...

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Education votes in Georgia, California just might reflect Mississippi views

The results of voting on a pair of education-related issues in Georgia and California Nov. 6 could give Mississippi’s elected leaders an idea of how voters in The Magnolia State may be evolving in their views on charter schools and overall funding for education. Georgia voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment allowing the state to override local school board rejections ...

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GOP governors on Affordable Care Act: We want guidance but White House won’t tell

In a letter to President Obama from the Republican Governors Association last week, the GOP governors congratulated Obama on his re-election but wasted no time getting to the reason for the letter: Mr. President, your Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) “will be an enormous strain on state governments and budgets.” Deadlines are a key concern, said the letter, ...

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Mississippi takes first steps to take part in Affordable Care Act — Move comes as Gov. Bryant continues to resist state’s full participation in health care reform

The very thing Gov. Phil Bryant had hoped not to see occurred last week: Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney submitted the state’s plan for a health insurance exchange to the federal government, moving the state closer to participation in President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. Chaney calls his submittal a blueprint for a free market exchange designed to link health insurance ...

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GUNS, AMMO & OBAMA: Post-election firearms economics creating anxiety among buyers, sellers

The promoter who puts on the most gun shows each year in Mississippi says the re-election of President Obama and the law of supply-and-demand have combined to create an uncertain future for promoters such as himself. The viability of the 10 shows David Chancellor presents each year hinges on meeting the expectations of customers who come to his shows in ...

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Analyst disputes claim that Kemper plant is 70 percent completed

A week after Mississippi Power Co. said its Kemper County coal plant was 70 percent complete, a report by an energy analyst commissioned by the Sierra Club disputed that claim. David Schlissel, an analyst with the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, in a report commissioned by longtime Kemper opponent the Sierra Club, said the company’s independent monitor reports ...

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MAKEOVER: Plans finalized for street upgrades in Fondren Business District

Fondren’s business district will soon undergo beautification and traffic-calming work designed to make it more pedestrian-friendly and bring parts of the area into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The work is part of a $2-million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation, with the City of Jackson contributing $500,000 in matching funds. Construction is scheduled to start in ...

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PERS trying fixed employee share in hopes of boosting funded ratio

The Board of Trustees of the $20 billion Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi trust fund has agreed to up the state’s contribution to the plan in 2014 in hopes of reversing a slide in the funded portion of the trust’s liabilities. The move follows a composite loss of $1.87 billion for fiscal 2012 and a 10-year drop in the ...

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20 YEARS OF CASINOS — How gaming has matured in Mississippi

When the state’s first casinos opened in 1992, no one was sure what gambling’s impact would be — good or bad. Proponents held high hopes for its economic potential. Opponents feared the downside for residents and their communities. In 20 years since that uncertain first roll of the dice, the numbers tell the story. The 30 commercial casinos on the ...

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