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USM takes on security — ‘Hacking for Defense’ class will teach how to innovate solutions

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT One started with Legos and Lincoln Logs, while the other favored remote control vehicles and model rockets growing up in his hometown of Richton. Now, Professors Henry Jones and Daniel DeMott, along with mentors from the Department of Defense, Homeland Security and the intelligence community, will show University of Southern Mississippi students how to innovate solutions ...

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TODD SMITH: Key demographic trends shaping our world

Demographers recently convened in Chicago for the Population Association of America’s annual meeting, and here is a look at eight of Pew Research Center’s recent findings on demographic trends, ranging from global refugee and migrant flows to changes to family life and living arrangements. They show how demographic forces are driving population change and reshaping the lives of people around ...

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Burch appointed president at White Construction Co.

Steve Burch has been appointed President of White Construction Co. in Ridgeland. Since joining White Construction Company in 1994 as a Project Manager, Burch has been instrumental in projects and process improvements. Burch personally managed White Construction Co. projects for retail and corporate giants such Dell, Whole Foods Markets, and National Instruments. As Senior Vice President of Operations, beginning in 2007, he focused on systemizing ...

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Avectus Healthcare Solutions opens expanded operations in Corinth

Celebrating more than two years of renovations and the addition of more than 180 jobs, Gov. Phil Bryant and officials from Avectus Healthcare Solutions cut the ribbon for the company’s completed expansion in Corinth, Miss. In 2014, Avectus Healthcare Solutions announced it would expand into the former Chadco building in Corinth to accommodate an increase in business. The expansion created ...

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Restoration Hope accredited by National Financial Accountability Organization

The Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) has announced the accreditation of Restoration Hope of City, ST. ECFA accreditation is based on the ECFA Seven Standards of Responsible Stewardship™, including financial accountability, transparency, sound board governance and ethical fundraising.  Restoration Hope joins a growing number of Christ-centered churches and ministries across America, supported by over 27 million donors that have earned the right to display the ECFA seal.  When an organization is accredited by ECFA, it demonstrates its willingness to follow the model ...

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CBRE Hotels arranges sale of Wyndham Hotel in Columbus

CBRE Hotels announced that it arranged the sale of the Wingate by Wyndham Columbus located at 129 Brickerton Street in Columbus for an undisclosed price. Michael Yu, Rahul Bijlani and James Foxx, with CBRE Hotels, represented the seller, L.M.F. Properties, LLC. Mr. Yu, Mr. Bijlani and Mr. Foxx also represented the buyer, Merchant Hotel Group. Richard Ridgway, Meagan Adams, Grant Ridgway and Guy Parker with CBRE in Jackson helped ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Who cares about health care in Mississippi?

Mississippi finishes last – again – among all states in annual health ranking,” read the December headline in the Biloxi Sun-Herald. “Mississippi dropped to dead last this year among all 50 states in the annual ‘America’s Health Rankings’ released by the United Health Foundation,” continued the story. “As one of the nation’s poorest states, Mississippi has a legacy of poor ...

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TODD SMITH: United outlines 10 things it will do to avoid crisis

United Airlines is taking steps to avoid another crisis – and make flying the airline better. The airline said it is making 10 changes to prevent a repeat of what happened to David Dao, who was dragged from a flight because the carrier needed extra seats for commuting crew members. Video of the April 9 incident quickly went viral. Dr. ...

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Health Department looking to streamline

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Public Health districts will be reduced from nine to three to deal with budget cuts, state Health Officer Mary Currier explains in a YouTube video. The YouTube video, directed to the about 1,800 employees of the Department of Health, outlines a pending reorganization, and a yet-to-be determined number of layoffs. “We have to change ...

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Retail center proposed for West Main in Tupelo

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO – A 23,000-square-foot commercial retail center has been proposed at 1507 W. Main Street, where a former Bumpers Drive-In was located. The development is being leased by Kiamie Real Estate in Oxford. “The project’s idea comes from a long-standing client of ours, Jackie’s International,” said Brian Carpenter, broker/associate with Kiamie. “They’ve been looking ...

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