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Entergy investing $136M in advanced metering

By BECKY GILLETTE It is a big investment installing new advanced metering infrastructure for every customer of Entergy Mississippi. The Mississippi Public Service Commission approved Entergy’s plan for AMI in homes and businesses in May. The total cost of the system to be installed between 2019 and 2021 is $136 million, with Entergy Mississippi estimating a long-term cost savings to ...

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Hoy Road widening will transform congested Madison artery

By BECKY GILLETTE Hoy Road is a bumpy, two-lane road that carries far more traffic daily than for what it was designed. It changes into into Madison Parkway\Highway 463 where it meets U.S. 51 on the west end, connecting residents in the east part of town to schools, shopping, work and larger traffic corridors. A plan to widen Hoy Road ...

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BOOMING — Growth leads to change on Ridgeland’s Jackson Street

By BECKY GILLETTE Jackson Street in Ridgeland has been seeing a surge in new commercial real estate activity, and more new projects are under way adding to the mix. “We’re beginning to see some very positive things happening,” said Ridgeland Mayor Gene F. McGee. “I think a lot has to do with the fact that the economy has improved, but ...

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Entrepreneur in Residence offering valuable assistance to startups

By BECKY GILLETTE Innovate Mississippi works with about 100 businesses or potential businesses each year providing services designed to support technology and innovation-based entrepreneurial development throughout the state. Recently Innovate Mississippi upped the ante by hiring Rich Sun as “Entrepreneur in Residence.” Sun, who has been involved in 30 startups as an investor, adviser, executive and board member, is working ...

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Mississippi’s banks, customers feel the changing tech environment

By BECKY GILLETTE The financial services industry as a whole is facing an extraordinarily complex and ever changing technological environment, said Mississippi Bankers Association Chairman Gerard R. “Jerry” Host, who is president and chief executive officer of Trustmark Corporation and Trustmark National Bank. “One challenge I believe is common, not only to the MBA, but to our colleagues in other ...

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Pay equity is the law, but wage gap between men and women still exists

By BECKY GILLETTE Despite the fact that pay equity is the law, studies show women earn less money than men for doing the same work. This pay gap does not necessarily decrease simply because more women are achieving “bread winner” status, said Jaklyn Wrigley, a Gulfport-based attorney with Fisher Phillips, a national, management-side labor and employment law firm. “Technically, since ...

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Proposed equal pay legislation would end “daylight robbery on the job”

By BECKY GILLETTE When women get paid considerably less than men for doing the same work, it can amount to “daylight robbery on the job,” said Cassandra Overton-Welchlin, director of the Mississippi Women Economic Security Initiative, a project of the Mississippi Low Income Childcare Initiative. Those lower wages can be especially difficult for mothers because of child care costs. And ...

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HIGH TECH, HIGH TOUCH: Transcript Pharmacy has the prescription for annual growth

By BECKY GILLETTE When Transcript Pharmacy, Inc., opened in January 2003 in Jackson, it initially was hoping for just some regional success in Mississippi and neighboring states, because there is a lot of competition with specialty pharmacies. But the company now is licensed in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as ...

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MSU’s Bagley takes courses southward

By BECKY GILLETTE The Mississippi Gulf Coast has one of the most robust job markets in the state for engineering due to major employers like the Chevron Pascagoula Refinery, Huntington Ingalls Industries and others. A market analysis done several years ago showed a 20 percent growth in the projected engineering jobs in the Gulf Coast area. It used to be ...

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