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U.S. HVAC hit hard by worker shortage

By TED CARTER Perhaps there’s no happier sight for a Mississippian with a broken air conditioner in July or kaput heating system in January than the arrival of an HVAC professional. So why does the heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry suffer from low self-esteem and difficulties attracting new workers? Call it the “left behind” skill set, says Erin McCollum, ...

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Copiah-Lincoln Community College sees steady enrollment in HVAC

By TED CARTER Eighteen schools in Mississippi are giving assistance to a U.S. heating, ventilation and air conditioning industry starved for new workers. The schools, most of which are community colleges, offer programs designed to address a skills gap that could stall commercial and residential construction in Mississippi if not filled. At the Wesson campus of Copiah-Lincoln Community College, 20 ...

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Inflammatory breast cancer hides until it reaches Stage 3 level

By TED CARTER Cancers don’t fight fair. They can conceal themselves and strike with a suddenness that often leaves physicians in an uphill struggle to save their patients. This is especially so with inflammatory breast cancer, an exceptionally rare and aggressive disease in which cancer cells block lymph vessels in the skin of the breast. By the time the cancer ...

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Higher tax withholdings point to more jobs filled; Mississippi sectors index shows gains

By TED CARTER The value of an index tracking Mississippi’s key business sectors rose a full 1 percent in August, maintaining an upward trend that began five months ago, state economists said in the October “Mississippi Business Report.” The growth in value tracked in the Mississippi Lead Index, or MLI, occurred in all sectors other than manufacturing, said Corey Miller, ...

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Mississippi edges back into good graces of bond raters

By TED CARTER Mississippi’s $100 million in raids on its rainy-day fund and cuts of over $200 million in department and agency budgets the last two years showed bond raters the state can be serious about offsetting sagging revenue collections. The reward is a pair of ratings upgrades on around $350 million in 10-and-20-year general obligation bonds, as well as ...

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The light is always on at LawyerSmack

» Messaging platform gives lawyers a place of their own By TED CARTER Most lawyers aren’t comfortable discussing their work in public. But that changes when they click on a place exclusively for them, LawyerSmack.com. “It’s their water cooler,” says Keith Lee, a Birmingham lawyer and self-confessed tech geek who created the messaging platform two years ago from non-proprietary software ...

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Document sifting gets welcome assist from e-discovery tools

By TED CARTER Lawyers deciding whether to take a case must figure-in discovery costs and the time and money expected to be spent on analyzing documents and other data. Fortunately for lawyers and the people and businesses that hire them, the arrival of the cloud and digital-discovery tools have made those costs much more manageable. Time spent immersed in documents ...

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Convenience stores expect boost from Mississippi lottery

By TED CARTER Mississippi’s convenience store operators have heard the cautions that some of the money customers previously spent on dish soap, soda and bread will be diverted to lottery tickets. But the prospect of making a nickel or more on each one-dollar ticket has the retailers saying, “Bring it on.” Philip Chamblee, head of the Mississippi Petroleum Marketers and ...

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Chasing smokestacks, fostering a creative economy – can Mississippi do both?

By TED CARTER Bill Rayburn Glenn McCullough Mississippi’s government leaders and economic development officials started this decade devoted to making innovation-based, or new economy, startup companies a bigger part of the state’s economic engine. How much they’ve actually contributed as the second decade of the  21st century nears its close depends on who is doing the talking. The assessment of ...

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