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Arkansas DHS: 155K signed up for 'private option' program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Arkansas officials say nearly 70 percent of those eligible have signed up for health coverage under the state’s compromise Medicaid expansion program. The Department of Human Services said Monday that 155,567 people have applied and been determined eligible for the state’s “private option” program, which uses federal Medicaid funds to purchase private health insurance for the ...

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BLACKWELL: Modern wealth management — Looking at the bigger picture

Anyone who had an investment portfolio five or six years ago understands, at least in a general sense, the nature of market risk.  A position that goes up in value can also go down.  The factors that create the “up” tend to be anticipated — a company increases its earnings or the economy improves, for example.  The significant “downs” tend ...

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TURNER: Mississippi Non-Profits: Paying it Forward

Ever Reaching Community Outreach began as a small, grass-roots group dedicated to helping one family in need, and has now grown to an organization helping many needy individuals and families around the Magnolia State. In a recent meeting with Van and Tammy Brun, who were instrumental in getting the group organized, up and running, we discussed their mission and scope ...

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GITOMER: The customer is stalling. What do I say now?

Jeffrey, When a client says he or she is “still reviewing their options,” I know you say that’s the result of their ability to see the value in my product or service. But how should I respond to this objection without pushing the customer away? Thanks, Gladys You are correct that the customer has not seen enough value to select ...

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THE SPIN CYCLE: Tap into the 10 best sentences from literature

The Spin Cycle is always on the lookout for the best turns of phrase — and how words are strung together on paper to make a lasting impact on our everyday lives. So, when publications like American Scholar focuses on the craft of writing, it sets my Wordsmith heart racing. Recently, the editors of the magazine chose the “10 Best ...

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Cal-Maine Foods is country’s largest producer of eggs

Cal-Maine Foods, based in Jackson, is one of Mississippi’s leading business success stories. It began in 1957 when Fred Adams became involved with broiler and egg production and started Adam Enterprises. The 1969 merger with Dairy Fresh of California and Maine Egg Farm formed Cal-Maine with 14 locations. Since that time, Cal-Maine Foods has grown primarily through acquisition. Today, Cal-Maine ...

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Sanderson Farms is third-largest poultry producer in U.S.

Sanderson Farms has grown from a small farm supply store in Laurel to a large publicly-traded company that makes Mississippi proud. The company is now the country’s third-largest poultry producer with 11,700 employees and 800 chicken growers across five states. It’s still headquartered in Laurel where D.R. Sanderson, D.R. Sanderson Jr. and Joe Frank Sanderson opened a store in 1947 ...

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BOOKBIZ: Images of dogs add to contrasts of the Delta

Who doesn’t like dogs? This is a coffee table book that’s sure to bring smiles to a lot of faces along with some reflective pondering. The photographer of the popular Delta Land has turned her camera to the dogs of this region. The Mississippi Delta is known for many things. It’s a land of stark contrasts in which rich soil ...

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WILLOUGHBY: Bob Lomenick gains reputation as industry innovator

Thomas Edison once said, “I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent it.” Edison was a prolific innovator with over 1,000 patents in his name. I believe he captured the true spirit of an entrepreneur with his statement. Entrepreneurs are visionaries who are not satisfied with the status quo. While others see insurmountable challenges, they see ...

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AT&T explores expansion of super-fast Internet

AT&T says it will expand super-fast Internet services to as many as 100 additional cities in 25 metropolitan areas. The service’s 1 gigabit per second speed is about 100 times what U.S. consumers typically get with broadband. That means faster video downloads and the ability for more devices to connect to the network without congestion. AT&T currently has such speeds ...

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