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Stennis Center begins engine test project for SLS rocket

Special to the MBJ BAY ST. LOUIS, Mississippi — Engineers on Thursday installed an RS-25 engine on the A-1 Test Stand at the agency’s Stennis Space Center, the next step in preparing to test parts of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket that will send humans to new destinations in the solar system. The Stennis […] [...]

Butler Snow finalist for International Legal Team of the Year

LONDON – Ridgeland-based Butler Snow has been selected as a finalist for the 2014-2015 Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) International Legal Team of the Year. The firm has been nominated the past two years for North American Team of the Year. The winner will be announced at the STEP Private Client Awards on […] [...]

KiOR hires investment bank to explore sale

by Published: July 10,2014

Tags: Business, energy, Khosla, KIOR, Mississippi

JACKSON, Mississippi — Struggling biofuel maker KiOR, deeply in debt to the state of Mississippi and others, says it has hired an investment bank to try to sell or restructure the company. KiOR, based in Pasadena, Texas, announced it had hired Guggenheim Partners in a Wednesday stock filing. KiOR’s cash level is unclear, but the company […] [...]

BOBBY HARRISON: Wicker’s 2008 Senate race also had sharp ads

by Published: July 10,2014

Tags: #mssen, Business, Cochran, GOP, McDaniel, Mississippi, Politics, Tea Party

In the midst of what was thought to be a close election for the U.S. Senate in 2008, Republican Roger Wicker ran radio ads courting the votes of black Mississippians because his opponent, Ronnie Musgrove, was perceived by some as being lukewarm in support of fellow Democrat Barack Obama for president. Of course, what was […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: Fight on, Chris McDaniel, fight on!

Heaven help us, this Republican Primary really is ugly and in full view of a nosy nation who long suspected this southern neighbor to be full-blown crazy. As we move forward, let’s consider a variety of realities, because several exist. The prevailing reality is “there is no story here.” Cochran won. McDaniel lost. Democrats voted […] [...]

SELENA SWARTZFAGER: Mississippi students in the top 10, and it is a good thing this time

This summer a teacher and three young men from rural Mississippi traveled to our nation’s Capitol. This was not your ordinary sight-seeing vacation. While they did visit several Smithsonian museums, Capitol Hill and the monuments, they also attended meetings at Morgan Stanley, RKC Investments and FINRA. Nelson Robbins, Wyatt Noris and Trent House, all rising […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS: The new minimum wage and our economy

by Published: June 25,2014

Tags: Business, economy, minimum wage, Mississippi, Politics

Imagine you make $7.50 an hour. Imagine your work week is limited so that your employer does not have to share responsibility for your healthcare costs or provide other benefits. Imagine your having to take a second job where you are also paid $7.50 an hour and work less than 30 hours a week. Let’s […] [...]

MARK BLACKWELL — Is the market rigged?

by Published: June 6,2014

Tags: banking, Business, column, finance, Mississippi

By Mark Blackwell I’ve been asked this question more this year than in my past twenty five years in the financial services industry. Presumably, the question arises because of Michael Lewis’ book Flash Boys, in which he makes the claim that the stock market is, in fact, rigged. His premise is that trading technology has […] [...]

BOOK BIZ — Mississippian Ellen Gilchrist’s newest book delights

by Published: May 30,2014

Tags: books, Business, Ellen Gilchrist, Mississippi

Mississippi’s own modern-day master of the short story, Ellen Gilchrist, is back in true form. With Acts of God, her first book in eight years, and her 12th book of short stories overall, Gilchrist again pleases those who love her wit, her wry sensibility, and her keen eye for detail. Gilchrist, at 79, has built […] [...]

JOHN SCOTT — A strong statement that sends a message

by Published: May 30,2014

Tags: Business, column, law, Mississippi, tax

I n the last few weeks, there have been several noteworthy developments in the tax world that have broad practical and policy application and merit further discussion because of their impact on taxpayers and our tax system overall. First, let’s start with the health care law and its raft of new taxes. The recent announcement […] [...]

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