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Artificial intelligence a game changer for the practice of law

By BECKY GILLETTE Artificial intelligence (AI) is being adopted by law firms for many different functions that can help lawyers do a better job at a lower cost, said William Painter, chief innovation officer and shareholder with Baker Donelson’s Jackson office. “These important tools allow us to be more efficient in what we do and give us additional insights into ...

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Mississippian takes over as chairwoman of largest type 1 diabetes nonprofit in world

By BECKY GILLETTE JDRF International, the largest non-profit dedicated to research into type 1 diabetes (T1D) in the world, now has Tupelo native Ellen Leake at the helm of its board of directors. “We have been around for 48 years and we have never changed our mission, which is to cure diabetes,” said Leake, whose daughter, Elizabeth, contracted T1D 23 ...

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New chairman of the NEH a Mississippi native

By BECKY GILLETTE Jon Parrish Peede, the new chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is a native of Mississippi who moved to Washington D.C. 15 years ago when President George W. Bush appointed him to a position at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). “Virginia has been my state of residence since and is where my ...

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Change is theme of 130th Mississippi Bankers Association Convention

By BECKY GILLETTE A lot has changed in the banking world since the Mississippi Bankers Association (MBA) held its first convention 130 years ago. The theme of the recent 130th annual convention of the MBA held at Sandestin Resort in Destin, Fla., May 9 to May 12 was “Changes in Latitude, Changes in Attitude” reflecting the many significant changes and ...

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Hundreds of millions being invested at Ingalls Shipbuilding

By BECKY GILLETTE The east bank, which was the original site of Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., founded in 1938, was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Recently the parent company of Ingalls, Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), the state’s largest private employer, announced plans to rebuild the east bank which primarily involves the addition of large, covered manufacturing areas for construction of ...

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Attorney Brehm Bell relies on reputation to attract personal injury clients

By BECKY GILLETTE Most personal injury attorneys use large billboards and extensive television advertising to attract clients. Attorney Brehm Bell instead relies on his reputation garnered from 25 years of legal work in the Hancock County area. “I’m very fortunate in that I don’t have to put up billboards or run ads on TV,” Bell said. “Most of my clients ...

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Jury out on whether tax cuts have resulted in more investing

By BECKY GILLETTE The recent GOP tax cuts have put more money in the pockets of some workers who are now having less federal tax deducted from their paychecks. And some taxpayers such as those with Subchapter S corporations might end up with a windfall because of changes in the tax law. It has been estimated that three quarters of ...

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Ring.com doorbells have a place, but can’t replace systems, firm says

By BECKY GILLETTE Prices start at only $99 for battery powered Ring.com video doorbells that allow you to see, hear and speak to people at your door and monitor activity like packages being dropped off from your phone, tablet and PC. Home security system owners say something like Ring doesn’t provide all the protection needed, but do-it-yourself security systems in ...

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Entergy gift of $150,000 to move Fannye Cook Natural Area closer to opening

By BECKY GILLETTE Move over Central Park. The 2,700-acre Fannye Cook Natural Area along the Pearl River is Mississippi largest urban natural area–three times the size of New York City’s Central Park. A recent $150,000 grant from Entergy Mississippi will help move the natural area closer to opening. Wildlife Mississippi, a nonprofit conservation organization that owns and manages the Fannye ...

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‘Green’ paint easier to define than to find in a store

By BECKY GILLETTE It may be easier to define green paints than it is to purchase them. While there are green paints on the market, it can be difficult walking into a paint store and getting good information about which products are the most green, said Dr. James Rawlins, associate professor of polymer science at the University of Southern Mississippi ...

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