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Sanderson Farms sued over ads that allegedly mislead

  By JACK WEATHERLY Several consumer advocacy groups have sued Laurel-based Sanderson Farms Inc. for allegedly using antibiotics and other chemicals in its chicken that the producer advertises as “100% natural.” The Organic Consumers Association, Friends of the Earth and the Center for Food Safety filed the complaint Thursday in the U.S. District Court for Northern California against Sanderson, the ...

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Sole insurer in Mississippi insurance exchange faces tax credit fate

By JACK WEATHERLY All 82 Mississippi counties will have only one insurer in the federal marketplace in 2018 as things stand now. Humana will pull out at the end of this year. The premiums for Ambetter of Magnolia, the sole insurer in the state, have yet to be finalized but they present “no staggering increase,” said Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney. ...

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Mississippi companies await fallout from Trump position on Cuban trade

By JACK WEATHERLY A number of Mississippi companies and investors are interested in doing business in Cuba. President Donald Trump is not so keen on trade with the communist nation – much less, it seems, than his immediate predecessor. The Mississippi Development Authority led a group to Cuba in February. Rose Boxx, director of the MDA’s International Trade Division, told ...

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Two more tenants added to the roster at District at Eastover

By JACK WEATHERLY The District at Eastover has announced two more additions to its mixed-use roster in Jackson as it moves toward filling what will be 125,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space in the 585,000-square-foot mixed use development between Meadowbrook Road and Eastover Drive along Interstate 55. Fine and Dandy, an upscale hamburger and snacks concept, and Beckham ...

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PSC to Mississippi Power: enough is enough on Kemper

By JACK WEATHERLY Years of construction delays and huge cost overruns at Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County clean-coal gasification plant have reached the breaking point, as far as state regulators are concerned. The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to issue an order on July 6 giving the utility 45 days to comply with the order that would allow ...

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Cosmetics chain to open distribution center in DeSoto, create 400 jobs

MBJ staff Sephora Americas will open a distribution center in Olive Branch this summer. The new 720,000-square-foot distribution center in Prologis Park features state-of-the-art technology. The expansion of distribution operations is expected to create approximately 400 jobs during the next five years. Operations will begin this month and shipping is expected to begin in late summer. “We are very pleased to ...

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Jackson-Evers International parking aided by ticketless system

By JACK WEATHERLY If you fly, you probably drive yourself to the airport, which means finding the right parking lot and grabbing a ticket. That adds one more thing you have to keep up with. But if you use the Jackson–Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, you don’t have to worry. If you opt to use Arrivio, it’s as easy as pointing and clicking, ...

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Northpark faces brave new world of mall retailing

By JACK WEATHERLY Credit Suisse predicted earlier this month that up to 25 percent of U.S. malls will be closed within five years. The Switzerland-based financial services giant’s outlook sent ripples across the world of malls, which have dominated the retail landscape for several decades. Credit Suisse and other observers see an overbuilt market, not unlike the housing market of ...

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Mississippi manufacturing leads downturn in state economy

  By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi’s economy slipped again in April primarily because manufacturing workers’ average workweek fell below 40 hours for the first time in six years. The “manufacturing employment intensity index” is one of three indices that declined in April, sending the Leading Index of Economic Indicators (MLI) downward, according to a monthly report issued by the Institutions of ...

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State’s wheat crop forecast is a pleasant surprise

By JACK WEATHERLY Perhaps a fitting culmination to an erratic weather pattern is that Mississippi’s winter wheat yield is expected to rise by double digits. Whether the state would even see a crop at all hinged on a drought that pushed planting to late in 2016. A crop was planted, even though it was smaller than the previous year by ...

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