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New restaurant set to start R’evolution in Ridgeland

By Sarah Dill Reily Gov. Phil Bryant admitted he doesn’t make it to many restaurant announcements to sample gumbo. “This one is very special,” he said. One day earlier the governor was photographed cutting the ribbon on the NASA SpaceX testing partnership in Hancock County. This day, Bryant welcomed iconic chefs John Folse and Rick Tramonto’s Seafood R’evolution with the ...

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CHARLES RAFFERTY: Securing (or taking back) your identity

The Federal Trade Commission recently reported in its Consumer Sentinel that identity theft complaints increased to 369,132 for the year ended December 31, 2012.  This appears to be a small number; but it grew by 25% over 2011.  As with other fraud schemes, experts generally agree that identity theft is extremely under-reported for a number of reasons.  The increased reporting ...

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Stennis Space Center welcomes SpaceX to test site

HANCOCK COUNTY — Stennis Space Center traces its beginnings back in the 1960s and the Apollo manned lunar missions. Now the Hancock County propulsion facility is on the verge of testing rocket engine technology to propel humans to other planets through a new partnership between NASA and SpaceX. SpaceX announced in 2013 that it would bring the initial testing of ...

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Bryant signing kills sales tax rebates for new retail developments

A stroke of Gov. Phil; Bryant’s pen April 23 brought to a close Mississippi’s short-lived experiment in granting sales tax rebates to new retail shopping as a way to boost visitor numbers and create jobs. The Mississippi Development Authority so far has awarded up to $155 million in potential subsidies for three shopping malls since legislators widened the sales tax ...

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Passing the test … Mississippi’s economic development incentives must now prove their worth

The Pew Charitable Trusts has moved Mississippi to the front of the class among states with effective strategies for evaluating the value of taxpayer-supported incentives for economic development. Mississippi’s elevation to national leader from Pew’s laggard list just two years ago comes after Gov. Phil Bryant’s signing last week of House Bill 1365, the Economic Development Programs and Tax Incentives ...

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Banking Department looking for new home in metro area

Downtown Jackson could lose a state agency with the pending move of the Mississippi Department of Banking & Consumer Finance from the Woolfolk Building next store to the capital. Banking Commissioner Jerry Wilson said the agency is willing to remain downtown if a suitable space of around 12,000 square feet and 85 parking spaces is available.  However, the department has ...

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PREPARING FOR THE WORST — Emergency officials ready for storms

When all the damage and losses are assessed, the storm system that ripped through Mississippi April 27-29 will go down as one the largest outbreaks of severe weather in state history. The scope of the destruction was so vast and so widespread — from North Mississippi to the Pine Belt — that officials were still trying to verify the losses ...

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Gaming summit may provide a splash in the face for industry leaders

BILOXI — There’s few things more refreshing than a splash of cold Gulf of Mexico water in your face while visiting a Mississippi beach. Larry Gregory hopes participants in next week’s Southern Gaming Summit will leave Biloxi with that same sensation about casinos in Mississippi. Gregory is executive director of the Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association, a major sponsor of ...

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Entergy Mississippi gives $1M to two Jackson museums

A Mississippi-based utility has presented a hefty check to organizers of two museums earmarked for downtown Jackson. Entergy Mississippi Inc. has presented a $1-million gift to the 2 Mississippi Museums project currently under construction in Jackson, which includes the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi president and CEO, said, “The museums will ...

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Cochran: State Department should stay out of Nissan labor issues

CANTON — The U.S. Department of State would do well to focus on pressing international matters rather than trying to help establish a labor union at the Nissan manufacturing plant in Canton, U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) says. The United Auto Workers (UAW), with the IndustriALL Global Union, has asked the State Department to help them promote organized labor at ...

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