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Take the long view regarding stock market volatility

By BECKY GILLETTE In December 2018, U.S. stock markets had their worst performance since 1931. The Dow Jones had its worst Christmas Eve on record. While those facts are very concerning, Mississippi investment advisers are recommending clients stay the course and avoid the temptation to sell stocks when the market is down so much. “The best advice I give my ...

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Ingalls Shipbuilding lands major contracts to continue being a state economic driver

By BECKY GILLETTE PASCAGOULA—It has been a banner year for the state’s largest private employer, the Ingalls Shipbuilding division of Huntington Ingalls Industries. In September Ingalls was awarded a $5.1 billion fixed-price incentive, multiyear procurement contract for construction of six Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) Flight III destroyers for the U.S. Navy. That is in addition to a $1.43 billion contract ...

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Intentionally small Burris/Wagnon Architects defies fashion and trend

By BECKY GILLETTE Burris/Wagnon Architects, P.A., is an “intentionally small” firm in Jackson that has had a big impact on architecture in the state. The firm has designed a wide variety of commercial, residential, civic, ecclesiastical, and educational projects across the state. The firm has won more than a dozen state, regional, and national design awards over the years, and ...

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Wildfires like those seen in California possible in Mississippi?

By BECKY GILLETTE The recent devastating camp fire-begun conflagration that killed 85 people and destroyed about 14,000 homes in California has created more awareness of the potential for devastating wildfires, said Mississippi Forestry Commission (MFC) Fire Chief Randy Giachelli. “The saddest part is that nearly nine out of 10 wildfires nationwide could have been prevented with proper care,” Giachelli said. ...

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UMMC’s MIND Center homing in on Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment

By BECKY GILLETTE Alzheimer’s disease is devasting illness that robs victims of their memories and ability to complete simple tasks. It takes a huge toll on families and strains the healthcare system. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, it is the most expensive disease in America with annual costs for Alzheimer’s and other dementias estimated at $277 billion. At the University ...

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Mississippi has highest childhood vaccination rates in country

By BECKY GILLETTE A recent outbreak of chickpox at the Asheville Waldoff School in North Carolina sickened 36 children and put renewed attention on allowing parents to claim exemptions to keep their child from being vaccinated. Mississippi doesn’t have nearly as many exemptions to vaccinations required to attend public school. As a result of that and a robust effort to ...

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Mississippi shortage of construction workers becoming more acute

By BECKY GILLETTE With U.S. unemployment rates at the lowest levels seen in 17 years, the shortage of Mississippi construction workers has gone from bad to worse. Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF) President Mike Barkett said the construction worker shortage has become more acute because the economy has picked up. “There are more and more opportunities for construction contracts, but ...

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