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Direct primary care: the doctor is in

  By JACK WEATHERLY The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has been a radical departure from the traditional way of delivery of health care in the United States. It is all about insurance. So is its replacement that is being hammered out in Congress. But there is a movement afoot in the models of health-care delivery that de-emphasizes insurance. It’s ...

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Hattiesburg solar panel maker gets relief second time in pact with local government

By JACK WEATHERLY Stion Corp. is getting relief for the second time from its agreement with local government in Forrest County and Hattiesburg. The solar panel maker is entering a “payment and forebearance agreement” whereby it promises to pay $75,000 a month to the county and city toward $2.3 million in accumulated fees in lieu of ad valorem taxes. » ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — A loopy flight to D.C. and royal return to Mississippi

We had a most unusual flight from Jackson to Washington, D.C. in this era of bizarre commercial air travel. Yet it, and the return flight, raise the question: could there be a silver lining in the dark clouds? The outbound flight’s problems were beyond the control of American Airlines. It was the weather. We caught the first flight out Friday, ...

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Mississippi, other states order mortgage firm to cease and desist

  By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi and more than 20 other states have issued cease and desist orders against Ocwen Loan Servicing, LLC, the nation’s second-largest nonbank mortgage firm, which the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau contends in a separate legal filing is guilty of “years of widespread errors, shortcuts and runarounds” that have cost some borrowers money and others their ...

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State thus far has not benefited from ‘Trump effect’

  By JACK WEATHERLY In the short view, the outlook for the Mississippi economy has improved nicely. The economy for 2017 is projected by the Institutions of Higher Learning’s University Research Center (URC) to expand by 1.9 percent over 2016, up 0.4 percentage points from the last previous estimate. But the expansion is far below the 2.6 percent growth for ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: A trip to Vicksburg in the 200th, or so, anniversary of statehood

This city is, of course, best known for the 47-day Civil War military siege that led to its capitulation on July 4, 1863. Mississippians are marking the state’s 200th anniversary in 2017, overlooking the four secession years. Mississippi’s state motto ought to be left to Mr. Faulkner, arguably its most famous native son, who wrote: “The past is never dead. ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Doe’s: the tradition comes to Ridgeland

Maybe Shakespeare got it wrong. A Doe’s by any other name probably wouldn’t be as big of a deal. The restaurant did a very low profile opening last week but the fact that it was half full anyway is testament to the name of the steak and tamales restaurant that dates to 1941 in Greenville. No advertising beyond the sign ...

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Township at Colony Park to build penultimate phase

By JACK WEATHERLY Kerioth Corp. is planning to add two hotels and a conference center as one of the last two phases of The Township at Colony Park. And latest aspect of the mixed-use development in Ridgeland will be in keeping with the upscale nature of the project that began 2003, said Kerioth President and Chief Executive Clint Herring. Two ...

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‘Serial entrepreneur’ Ed Meek keeps on pioneering

By JACK WEATHERLY Ed Meek admits to being a bit of a “tambourine shaker” who has found a way to parlay his journalistic skills into the creation of successful markets over a long career. It started with magazines – 14 at last count – and trade shows, whether it be nightclubs and restaurants, satellite dishes or furniture – and most ...

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Stars come out as sun sets on MEC’s Wilson era

By JACK WEATHERLY Blake Wilson bade farewell Thursday to the Mississippi Economic Council after 19 years of leading the state chamber of commerce. Wilson’s retirement, effective June 16, as only the third director of the 68-year-old organization, added a dimension to the annual meeting at the Jackson Convention Complex, which drew more than 2,000. The growth of the organization under ...

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