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TODD SMITH: Alexa, you are a Super Bowl winner!

Alexa may have lost her voice, but she found gold in the Super Bowl ad game. Amazon’s “Alexa Loses Her Voice” spot was named most entertaining and best overall among marketing pros surveyed by Morning Consult for Ad Age’s first Super Bowl ranking — measuring not just entertainment value but brand effectiveness. The Amazon ad also topped USA TODAY’S annual ...

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Medicaid expansion debate pops up in Senate

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal The issue of Medicaid expansion, which seldom is debated in the Mississippi Legislature, was briefly the topic of conversation Tuesday in the state Senate. Sen. Hob Bryan, D-Amory, bemoaned that working people, who cannot afford private insurance, were having to go without health care because the state would not expand Medicaid as allowed under ...

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State revenue collections continue modest rebound

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal JACKSON – State revenue collections, which have been subpar in recent years, continue to make a modest rebound. Revenue collections through the month of January for the current fiscal year are $52.1 million, or 1.8 percent, above collections during the same time period for the last fiscal year, according to a report compiled and ...

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Proposal would erase 4-year limit on university contracts

A senator says Mississippi could better compete for professors if the state did not limit university contracts to four years at a time. Republican Sen. Terry Burton says many other states don’t have the four-year limit that is in the Mississippi Constitution . On a split vote Monday, senators adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 547 , which would erase the limit. The proposal was held ...

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Lee County moves to acquire property for new business park

By CALEB BEDILLION / Daily Journal    TUPELO – The Lee County Board of Supervisors has agreed to spend a little more than $3 million to purchase land for a new industrial park called the Hive. Under a proposal approved by supervisors Monday morning, the county will acquire nearly 500 acres, which comprises half of a potentially 1,000 acre site ...

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New CEO Segarra says his priority is to understand the culture and inner workings of the Gulf Coast

By JULIA MILLER Mississippi’s beaches have long attracted tourists to the area, but with a new face at the helm of the Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, the tourism office is looking to grow its reach. “The Mississippi Gulf Coast offers an incredibly vast array of things to see and do,” said Milton Segarra, the new CEO of Visit Mississippi Gulf ...

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Crye-Leike Real Estate breaks sales record for 2017

Crye-Leike Real Estate Services, the nation’s fifth largest privately-held residential real estate firm and the largest in the Mid-South, celebrates another record breaking year for 2017. The company sold $6.5 billion in Real Estate, and closed 32,583 transactions corporate wide to make it their highest sales performance in the company’s over 40 year history.  Included in those numbers, Crye-Leike’s Jackson, ...

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KLLM announces pay increase for company drivers and independent and lease purchase contractors

KLLM Transport Services, LLC has announced a major pay increase for both company truck drivers as well as independent and lease purchase contractors. Effective immediately, KLLM solo company drivers are now paid $0.38 to $0.50 cents per mile depending on experience, with OTR teams receiving $0.48 to $0.53 cents per mile depending on experience. Effective February 5, independent and lease ...

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OTC Markets Group welcomes Merchants & Marine Bancorp to OTCQX

OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCQX: OTCM), operator of financial markets for 10,000 U.S. and global securities, today announced Merchants & Marine Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: MNMB), the holding company of Merchants & Marine Bankwhich has locations in Mississippi and Alabama, has qualified to trade on the OTCQX® Best Market. Merchants & Marine Bancorp was previously privately-held. Merchants & Marine Bancorp began trading on OTCQX on Jan. 19, 2018. The ...

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