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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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SPENCER RITCHIE: Political contributions: Know your limits

In Mississippi, every year is an election year. This election year, however, is shaping up to be one of the most memorable in the state in decades. Many Mississippians will seek to play an active part in these elections by contributing to campaigns and political parties. Such contributions are subject to federal and state campaign finance laws. Below is a ...

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PHIL HARWDICK — Be wary of phony developers who will take advantage of your community

Amazon’s method of inviting cities to bid for its second headquarters is the top story in economic development news these days. It is fascinating to see cities responding with expensive and sometimes wild offers to be the one that is selected. I suppose you can’t blame them. Every public official wants more good job in their communities. So much so ...

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HU MEENA — AT&T desperate to hold on to monopoly as C Spire wins state technology bid

The Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services (ITS) selected Mississippi’s own C Spire as its partner to procure communication and data services for its state agencies, schools, libraries and other state entities.  The eight-year contract awarded services to C Spire in five categories, including voice and data, and C Spire stands ready to deliver on DAY ONE. The partnership marks ...

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MAYO FLYNT: MBJ opinion wrong on ITS bid

We are disappointed that the Mississippi Business Journal did not provide us the courtesy of hearing our point of view before taking a position against us in its recent Our View editorial. On behalf of the thousands of employees who are working each and every day to keep Mississippi’s businesses and residents connected, and on behalf of the more than ...

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State revenue collections take March downturn

State revenue collections, after multiple months of strong growth, took a nosedive in March. For the month, revenue collections were $46.7 million, or 10.4 percent below the estimate. For the fiscal year, which ends June 30, collections are $12.3 million or 0.33 percent below official projections, according to the report compiled recently by the staff of the Legislative Budget Committee. ...

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Insurance experts watching for new rules

Insurance experts are watching Washington to see how new rules on health insurance will affect premiums and plans available to consumers on and off the exchanges. “The prognosis is that the (Affordable Care Act) market is not collapsing, but it’s not a bed of roses,” said Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute during a briefing ...

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Espy makes his case for Senate seat via his web page

Mike Espy, the first person to announce intentions to run for the United States Senate seat left vacant by Thad Cochran’s retirement, has unveiled his campaign website. Since Espy announced his intentions to run for the seat in early March on the same day Cochran announced his pending retirement, he has said very little publicly about his plans. But Friday, ...

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Study: Economic development incentives paying off for state

Despite failures that have the potential to cost the state $185 million, Mississippi has received positive results from its incentive programs designed to entice companies to locate in the state, according to a study conducted by the office of Auditor Stacey Pickering. Pickering’s office found the state has had a return of $12 for each $1 invested in five incentive ...

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