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Manufacturing pushes state’s economy for February

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com The Mississippi Manufacturing Employment Index surged in February by 6.4 percent over January – the largest monthly increase in nearly a quarter century, according to the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning’s University Research Center. That was 2.6 percent higher than a year earlier, according to the report. “The average weekly hours of work of production employees ...

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Job skills, education emphasized at MEC meeting

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) is all about jobs and education. For that reason, speakers at the council’s annual meeting on Thursday talked and about where Mississippi stands in those categories. STAR students (the MEC’s Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition Program) were lauded and Gov. Phil Bryant ran down a litany of rankings that show that the state is ...

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Threat and reality of tariffs not yet a factor in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY The United States and China are in a standoff on agricultural trade, with the communist nation threatening to impose a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans and other crops. “I think there is some hope that [the sides in] this standoff will back down,” said Dr. Keith Coble, head of the agricultural economics department at Mississippi State ...

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Lost Rabbit turning into ‘success,’ developer says

By JACK WEATHERLY The Town of Lost Rabbit is “kind of a success story,” said Kevin Blanchard of Southern Lifestyle Development. And that’s saying a lot for the upscale Madison County development on the Ross Barnett Reservoir. It had been mired in lawsuits for years, many of which were settled in 2014, leaving Allstate Insurance in possession of acreage that ...

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Smith Park in downtown Jackson reopens after upgrade 

By JACK WEATHERLY Smith Park will reopen on Friday after being closed since November for upgrades. The fence will come down and festivities will start at 11 a.m. to celebrate the reopening. Mayor Chockwe Antar Lumumba and Gov. Phil Bryant will speak, there will be food trucks and a band, said Ben Allen, president of Downtown Jackson Partners. The group, ...

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Cal-Maine sales increase; income boosted by tax cut

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. reported net income of  $96.3 million, or $1.99 per share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2018,  compared with $4.1 million, or nine cents per share, for the year  earlier period, thanks in part to a $35 million, or 72 cents per share, boost from the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Earnings for ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — The grump may have to rethink his view of women’s basketball

I don’t care to watch certain women’s sports, even at the top level. Tennis, yes. Beach volleyball, okay. Snow skiing, not bad.  Gymnastics, once every four years is enough. Softball, no. Golf, if I can’t get out of watching it. Basketball. Nuh-uh. I’ve been known to say, in select company, (meaning not around women) that it’s inferior, compared with men’s basketball. ...

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Shapley’s lawsuits vie for use of steakhouse name

By JACK WEATHERLY Scott Koestler contends that the name of the Ridgeland steak and seafood restaurant he has operated for 20 years, Shapley’s, belongs to him. Koestler said in a response filed Friday in the U.S. District Court for Southern Mississippi in answer to a suit filed March 7 by Mark and Mary Shapley that in 1998 he bought the ...

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Dave’s Triple B brings ‘comfort food’ in a big way

By JACK WEATHERLY The restaurant has had a soft opening since March 21. A week later, a sign still isn’t up. Some passersby might think it’s the return of Chimneyville Smokehouse, which occupied the train terminal-style building at 970 High St. from 1989 till last November. But the inviting front-end deck and the refurbished, brightened and refurnished interior tell you ...

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