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A promise not a threat: Bryant orders BCBS to reinstate 10 hospitals

JACKSON, Miss. – Gov. Phil Bryant late Tuesday afternoon followed through on an earlier threat against Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi by issuing an executive order requiring that the BCBS reinstate 10 Health Management Association hospitals as in-network providers. The order demands the reinstatement for approximately 60 days until an investigation of  BCBS’s actions can be done. Blue ...

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Black Thursday? Kolh's joins retail parade for Thanksgiving openings

Following the lead of rivals Macy’s and J.C. Penney, Kohl’s Department Stores announced it will open its doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, kicking off its Black Friday event earlier than ever, the trade publication Chain Store Age reports. A Jackson retail leasing agent said the expectation is that Belk will join the crowd and swing its doors open ...

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Aaron's agrees to stop spying on computer renters

Aaron’s Inc., an Atlanta-based rent-to-own retailer with dozens of store sin Mississippi, has agreed to stop using software to secretly spy on and photograph customers who rented computers, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Federal Trade Commission had accused Aaron’s and its franchisees of using software to monitor customers’ computer keystrokes and secretly watch them in their homes through the ...

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Clinton school teachers integrate technology into learning

Special to The MBJ CLINTON — Teaching methods are changing in Clinton’s public schools. Throughout the Clinton Public School District, teachers and students are incorporating new apps and software into day-to-day instruction. “Research shows that using these devices, apps and software is a way to get kids engaged in the learning process,” said Dr. Kameron Ball, CPSD’s director of technology. ...

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(VIDEO) Charles Robertson: The next big economic boom

The past decade has seen slow and steady economic growth across the continent of Africa. But, in this Ted Talk,  economist Charles Robertson has a bold thesis: Africa’s about to boom. He talks through a few of the indicators — from rising education levels to expanded global investment (and not just from China) — that lead him to predict rapid ...

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Pumpkin pie all around! Growers see best year in decades

For Mississippi’s pumpkin growers, this season has been spooky — spooky good, that is. David Nagel, horticulturist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said 2013 has been the best year for pumpkins since he started working in the state about 25 years ago. Mississippi growers are producing more and larger pumpkins than their competitors in states to the north. ...

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Section 42 ruling to impact tax collections on Coast

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — A recent state Supreme Court ruling is expected to cost Coast counties, cities and schools more than $6 million in tax revenue. That’s according to Mississippi Coast tax assessors. The ruling pertains to how counties calculate the value of Section 42 or federally subsidized tax-credit housing for tax purposes. The Sun Herald reports Jackson County Tax ...

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Court turns down waterway's request for quick appeal

LAMAR COUNTY — The Mississippi Supreme Court has denied a request by the Pat Harrison Waterway District to expedite its appeal to determine whether Lamar County must still pay for operation of nine waterparks regardless of its decision to leave the district. The Hattiesburg American reports both sides still expect the appeal to be heard in 2014. The Supreme Court ...

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Supervisor wants marketing, branding campaign

JACKSON — Hinds County Supervisor Kenneth Stokes wants to pay a Jackson-based company $25,000 to create a marketing and branding campaign, even though the Hinds County Economic Development Authority is providing that same service. The Clarion-Ledger reports Stokes asked the Hinds County Board of Supervisors yesterday to approve a contract to market the county with BRAG Inc. Stokes also asked ...

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KiOR secures funding to increase biofuels production

COLUMBUS — A Texas-based company has secured funding to proceed with plans to double the production capacity at its biofuels production facility in Columbus. KiOR Inc., based in Pasadena, announced yesterday in a news release it has received $100 million in committed equity financing from Khosla Ventures, an investment company based in California, and Microsoft chairman Bill Gates. Khosla Ventures ...

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