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BEN WILLIAMS — Slam dunk beach read from the U.S. Supreme Court

Just in time for that summer trip, the U.S. Supreme Court has released a jackpot beach read: Murphy v NCAA. Justice Samuel Alito – a wannabe baseball commissioner who once suited up at a Phillies Phantasy Camp – lays the cards on the table and upends the long-time federal ban on sports betting. This 49-page page-turner has it all –sports, ...

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TODD SMITH — The state of digital news with consumers

We live in a digital news world folks.  Which is no surprise! A recent study by the Pew Research Center on the state of the news media reveals that more than nine-in-10 adults (93 percent) in the U.S. get at least some news via online, mobile or desktop. And, the online space has become a host for the digital homes ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Benefit plan records retention: How long is enough?

Ask any benefits professional and he or she will likely tell you the question most frequently asked by benefit plan sponsors is: “How long do I have to keep these old plan documents?” The answer to that question depends whether the benefit plan is subject to federal law (the Employee Retirement Income Security Act or “ERISA”).  Most benefit plans sponsored ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — Supporting startups: Delta I-Fund comes to Jackson

Contemporaneous with my writing of this article, there are 17 teams of startups congregated on the first floor of my State Street building for the kickoff weekend of the Delta I-Fund summer cohort, an annual program funded by grants from the Winrock Foundation and the Delta Regional Authority. The mission of the Delta I-Fund is to positively impact low-to-moderate income ...

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TOMMY SHEPHERD — What has to happen before the first sports wager in Mississippi?

While many media outlets have reported that Mississippi is one of a handful of states on the forefront of preparing for legal sports betting after the Supreme Court declared the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) unconstitutional, there is a great deal that must happen before a Mississippi casino may accept legal sports wagers. First, the Mississippi Gaming Commission must adopt implementing regulations. ...

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TVA looks to expand diversity of supplier base

At the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Sixth Annual Supplier Diversity Summit on Tuesday, nearly 60 small businesses learned more about TVA’s contracting process and how to do business with the federally owned utility. And there is plenty of business to be had with TVA, which spent more than $2.7 billion last fiscal year. For the second consecutive year, TVA spent more ...

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MDEQ gives Patel June 30 deadline to correct issues

TUPELO – The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has told Tupelo hotelier and developer Bruce Patel that he has until the end of the month to correct issues the department found on a site visit last month to the Pinnacle Point development on North Gloster Street. Patel’s initial plans call for an $18 million investment in a senior living facility ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Other states’ Republican leaders stand up to Trump tariffs

Trump tariffs and retaliatory tariffs are no big deal for Mississippi say key Republican leaders. “Everything will work out,” is their mantra.   Meanwhile, Trump tariffs kicked in June 1st on steel (25%) and aluminum (10%) imports from the European Union, Canada, and Mexico. Mexico imposed retaliatory tariffs on June 5th, Canada will on July 1st, and the EU will later ...

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Report: Mississippi gets a B for manufacturing

Mississippi receives a “B+” for manufacturing in a new report from Ball State University. Mississippi improved from “C+” to “B” in its Benefits Costs grade. The state declined from “D” to “F” in Liability Gap. Mississippi maintained grade of “A” in Diversification, “B+” in Manufacturing , “C+” in Tax Climate, “C” in Logistics and Global Position, and “F” in Human ...

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Sweet potato producer Penick acquired by Alexander Farms

VARDAMAN – Two powerhouse sweet potato growers have combined, with Alexander Farms finalizing the purchase of several Penick Produce businesses last week. Investment banking company Legacy Capital said the transaction was signed May 22, with Penick Produce Co., Penick Business, Penick L.P., and significant land assets sold to local sweet potato operator Alexander Farms for an undisclosed figure. “My father-in-law, ...

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