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Telemedicine legislation to be revisited

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure and a leading provider of telemedicine were at odds earlier this year over who would set the rules for the practice. In the end, it was a draw. A Teladoc Inc.-backed measure sailed through the House but stalled out in a Senate committee. House Bill 1178 was designed to modernize rules ...

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Northpark Mall sold to California group

  By JACK WEATHERLY Northpark Mall, a fixture on County Line Road since 1984, has been sold by Simon Property Group to Pacific Retail Capital Partners of El Segundo, Calif. The 958,000-square-foot mall, which is on the Ridgeland side of the mile-long retail corridor, was bought along with The Galleria in White Plains, N.Y. and the Esplanade in Kenner, La., according ...

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Looking south for trade with Cuba

By JACK WEATHERLY  Mississippi is joining the hunt for “gold” in Cuba as the United States appears to be moving toward resumption of trade with the island nation 90 miles off the tip of Florida after a 55-year embargo. The nation of 11 million in so many ways is frozen in time, typified by 1950s autos that have been recycled ...

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Piccadillys in Jackson undergoing $1M upgrade

By JACK WEATHERLY  Piccadilly Cafeterias has gone through some hard times, and now as a more streamlined chain, it is re-invigorating its operations. It is investing $1 million in its two Jackson stores, for example, primarily the flagship property in Lefleur’s Gallery on the Interstate 55 North Frontage Road, along with the one in the Robinson Road Shopping Center in ...

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Burlington to open store on County Line in Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Burlington Stores will open a 50,000-square-foot store in County Line Plaza on Friday. It will fill a large hole in the retail lineup. “We’re thrilled to open a new Burlington in the Jackson community, bringing more jobs to the neighborhood and providing local residents with a valued shopping experience,” Chairman and Chief Executive Tom Kingsbury said in ...

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Auctioneer, oil field service firm watch price of crude

By JACK WEATHERLY In the past two years, coinciding with the downturn in oil and natural gas exploration in the country, equipment sales have grown to 15 to 20 percent of Jeff Martin Auctions’ business. Owner Jeff Martin declined to reveal the revenues for his operation in Brooklyn, Miss., near Hattiesburg, but said it has become the largest such auction ...

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CORRECTED UPDATE: Players in Tuscaloosa shale tread water, wait for market to return

By JACK WEATHERLY  The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation has languished since the cratering of oil prices in mid-2014. The “play” in southwest Mississippi and southeast Louisiana is not alone in its struggle to stay alive. Operators there and elsewhere in the United States have pulled back since the price of oil dropped from about $100 a barrel to less than ...

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Magnolia Health to expand exchange coverage to all 82 counties

By JACK WEATHERLY Magnolia Health Care will offer insurance in all 82 of Mississippi’s counties through the federal insurance exchange starting Jan. 1, state Health Commissioner Mike Chaney said Thursday. The news comes as UnitedHealthcare will pull out from the exchange at the end of the year. The insurer, which had expanded its coverage to all counties this year, announced its ...

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Lost Rabbit: Finding its way

By JACK WEATHERLY  The idyllic planned community born 10 years ago has been struggling ever since to find its way. Its name, The Town of Lost Rabbit, meantime, earned a second meaning. The upscale Madison County development has fought what has seemed at times to be a losing battle to fill out the 259-acre site on the Ross Barnett Reservoir. ...

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