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BILL CRAWFORD — Primaries for Harper seat coming June 5

June 5 primaries to begin choosing who will fill the 3rd District congressional seat abandoned by Rep. Gregg Harper are six weeks away. Six candidates are seeking the Republican nomination, two the Democratic nomination.    With no other significant races on the June ballots, turnout will be the key factor. That means get-out-the-vote (GOTV) activities will be critical. While free social media ...

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Long-term view always the best, particularly in volatile market

By JULIA MILLER mbj@msbusiness.com As the markets bounce up and down, Mississippians may start to feel anxious, but those in the know are confident about the long-term future of the economy. Ernie George, certified financial planner, of Starkville’s E.T. George Investment Management, a fee-only registered investment advisory firm, said these markets can affect large Mississippi businesses such as BancorpSouth or ...

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Former Ergon chairman Leslie Lampton dies

The Ergon Board of Directors has announced the death of Leslie B. Lampton, Chairman Emeritus of Ergon, the energy-based company he founded in 1954. He passed away Tuesday. “On behalf of Ergon, I would like to express our appreciation for the immeasurable contributions Mr. Lampton has made to our company, the communities in which Ergon serves, and countless charities,” commented ...

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BancorpSouth reports record earnings of $53.5M

TUPELO – BancorpSouth on Wednesday reported record earnings for the first quarter, with $53.5 million, or 54 cents per share. That compares to $38.1 million, or 41 cents per share, a year earlier. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 50 cents per share. BancorpSouth posted ...

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Many other states have increased gas tax for transportation

Mississippi is not the only state struggling with transportation needs, according to a report by the Legislature’s Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Committee. The report released this week cites the National Conference of State Legislatures as saying states have been in “a near constant state of crisis for about a decade” in terms of funding for transportation needs. The report ...

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Contour to add more seats starting May 1

TUPELO – Passengers flying between Tupelo and Nashville will soon have more company on the planes. Starting May 1, Contour’s twin-engine Jetstream aircraft will be back to their original configuration of 19 seats. Since April of 2016, the planes have only had nine seats. But with nearly 10,000 boardings last year and a clear demand for more seats, Contour proposed ...

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Legislative oversight group says DOT focus on maintaining existing roads

  The Mississippi Department of Transportation’s primary focus has become “system preservation, rather than new construction,” according to a report released Tuesday by an oversight agency of the state Legislature. The report by the Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review Committee of the Mississippi Legislature reiterates what Transportation officials have been saying for sometime – that because of lack of funds ...

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BILL CRAWFORD; A tale of two headlines

The same information released by State Auditor Stacey Pickering resulted in two quite different headlines.    “Study: Economic development incentives paying off for state,” read the headline in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal.   “Auditor: Failed economic projects cost Mississippi taxpayers $185M,” read the headline in the Clarion-Ledger.   Both are accurate, both based on the same report by Pickering, ...

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UMMC physicians creating opioid use alternatives model

Mississippi’s statistics on opioid use resulting in addiction and deaths are bad, but the failure of data to deter abuse is also troubling. A team of University of Mississippi Medical Center physicians and caregivers is changing the way they offer patients pain relief at a time when an average half million opioid pills are dispensed daily by doctors statewide. The ...

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