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DAVID DALLAS — Kemper III: Return of the co-op

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Earlier last week, South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA) backed out of its partnership with Southern Company of Atlanta and its subsidiary, Mississippi Power Company (MPC). It was a bold step by the Board of SMEPA to protect rate payers but their decision creates even more problems for the embattled Kemper County Energy Facility. Southern Company’s “clean-coal” is new, untried ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — Tax credits: key programs and select acronyms

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T ax credit programs cannot be credited with the conception of the term “acronymophobia” – an irrational fear of acronyms – but the phobic population grows with each new program.  Three popular tax credit acronyms for developers are LIHTC, NMTC and HTC. These letters represent incentive programs, which account for about $8.5 billion of annual U.S. credited federal taxes. All ...

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SUMESH ARORA — What makes you an innovator?

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I nnovation has the power to transform lives and comes in all shapes, sizes and colors; from rural and urban areas; and in small steps and in giant leaps. Generally, when one thinks of innovation, the latest electronic gadgets or self-driving cars probably jump out as the most obvious examples. Innovation in Mississippi is actually evident in many areas of ...

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THE SPIN CYCLE: How Facebook’s new publishing deal with major media could impact public relations

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Last week, we discussed how the new Facebook deal allowing major national media to publish directly to the news feed is impacting the news biz? if you’re a fan of the New York Times, National Geographic, Buzzfeed and NBC News, among others, you will be able to read your favorite articles without leaving Facebook. Welcome, Instant Articles. In the past, ...

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JOSH MABUS: I’d rather be a follower than a coward

Books, blogs, speakers, preachers and everyone else with a platform have spent the better part of the last decade comparing leaders to followers. Has this trope gotten old yet? The message is clear: if you’re not leading, you’re following. If you’re following, you’re losing. We’ve demonized the role of the follower and created a mad rush toward lead-ership roles. Just ...

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BOOKBIZ: Do we contain the seeds of morality at birth?

» Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil    
By Paul Bloom 
Published by Broadway Books    
$15.00 softback

Where does our sense of right and wrong come from? Do we develop our morality from our specific culture or religious teachings, or are there some universal facets to it that all of us, as humans, possess? And what do we even mean by the word “morality?” How can we define it in way that everyone can relate to when ...

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DAVID DALLAS: District One congressional race not attracting voters or much interest

With the special election for District One now over, a critical analysis of the very poor showing of GOP establishment candidates, backed by the likes of Haley Barbour and Phil Bryant, would be awfully tempting. But the low voter turnout for such a crazy, free-for-all special election deserves some commentary. In spite of a plea from Secretary of State Delbert ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Legislature not at fault for bad reading scores

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In schools districts that fared poorly on the 3rd grade reading tests, many school officials and parents blame lack of funding by the legislature.   For example, Superintendent Powell Rucker attributed Holmes County’s 59 percent passing rate to student poverty, lack of funding, and rapid teacher turnover. “It is not a test that even needed to be administered, because the state ...

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