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BILL CRAWFORD: State job recovery more modest than terrific

BILL CRAWFORD Record numbers of jobs and job growth in Mississippi top political speeches by incumbent politicians these days. Yes, more Mississippians have jobs now than before the Great Recession. Yes, more Mississippians have jobs now than ever before. But, there is more to the story. Total residence-based employment (the number that includes part-time and self-employed individuals used to calculate ...

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Timothy M. Lupinacci elected as next chairman and CEO of Baker Donelson

LUPINACCI Baker Donelson has elected Timothy M. Lupinacci to serve as the Firm’s next chairman and chief executive officer. A shareholder in the Birmingham office of Baker Donelson, Mr. Lupinacci is chair of the Financial Services Department, a member of the Firm’s board of directors and former managing shareholder of the Birmingham office. He will assume the role of chairman ...

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NBC poll: Gov. Bryant gets high marks; confidence in economy, legislature tepid

BY BOBBY HARRISON / MISSISSIPPI TODAY State Economist Darrin Webb told legislative leaders during a September budget hearing more of the same – the Mississippi economy is not doing as well as the national economy. “The state’s economy has struggled to gain the momentum in the years since the Great Recession,” which started in 2008, Webb said, echoing his comments ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Anomaly vs. tsunami in Hood vs. Reeves for Governor

BILL CRAWFORD And so it begins, the anomaly versus the tsunami, the hope versus the expectation, the last Democrat versus the next-in-line Republican. Mississippi’s only Democrat holding statewide office, Attorney General Jim Hood, has officially announced his candidacy for Governor. His all-but-announced governor-in-waiting opponent will be Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. The night before Hood announced, Reeves was on stage ...

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BRICK BY BRICK — MSU architecture juniors take first in national masonry competition

A custom-brick project designed by a team of three Mississippi State architecture students recently won first place in a national masonry competition. Junior Baron O. Necaise of Gulfport presented his team’s “The Pulse” brick design at the National Concrete Masonry Association 2018 Midyear Meeting in Chicago in early August. Teammates included juniors Madison C. Holbrook of Steens and McKenzie R. ...

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Bomgar to make acquisition

MBJ staff Bomgar, a global leader in privileged access management solutions, has signed a definitive agreement to acquire BeyondTrust, a global leader in privilege-centric security, from an affiliate of Veritas Capital. The combined company, which will be called BeyondTrust, brings together innovators with a shared mission of helping customers defend themselves from cyber-attacks while increasing productivity. Bomgar was founded by ...

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B&B Electric breaks ground on new HQ bringing 300 New jobs to Madison County

The Madison County Economic Development Authority (MCEDA) has announced that B&B Electrical and Utility Contractors, Inc. is breaking ground on its new headquarters in the Canton Commercial and Industrial Center, investing $6.5 Million over the next 2 years. B&B Electrical and Utility Contractors, Inc. is a family-owned company that has been in continuous operation since 1982 and is a one stop electrical ...

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John H. Bryan Jr., renowned philanthropist, longtime Sara Lee CEO, dies

By Maureen O’Donnell@suntimesobits | email The Chicago Sun Times Mississippi native and former Sara Lee Corporation chief executive officer John H. Bryan Jr., who was long one of Chicago’s leading patrons of the arts and a stunningly effective philanthropist and fundraiser, has died at 81. Mr. Bryan died Monday night — four days shy of what would have been his 82nd ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Uncertainty dims hallelujah economic times for Republicans

BILL CRAWFORD Stimulated by Trump’s tax cuts, the national economy grew 4.2% in the second quarter (final BEA estimate), up from 2.1% in the first quarter. Corporate profits jumped 3.0%, up from 1.2%. The national unemployment rate at 3.9% is the lowest since December 2000. Total nonfarm employment is nearly 150 million, the highest ever.  And average wages are the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: What political happenings will be big things by election time?

BILL CRAWFORD Mississippi politics will be a happening thing through the next two Novembers.  Senate candidate Chris McDaniel didn’t seem to help himself on his national Morning Joe appearance when he said “I’m gonna ask them after 100 years, after 100 years of relying on big government to save you, where are you today? After 100 years of begging for ...

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