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DAVID DALLAS: The good governor gambles on poverty

Mississippi continues to suffer a Catch-22 Poverty Problem. The state cannot combat poverty without sustainable jobs. Industries that could provide those jobs are choosing not to invest their money in Mississippi because we have a Poverty Problem along with the consequent poor schools and ill-prepared workers. According to recent data the problem is getting worse. A […] [...]

Cantel Medical acquires Ridgeland’s Pure Water Solutions, Inc.

Cantel Medical Corp. (NYSE: CMN) has announced that it acquired the assets of Pure Water Solutions, Inc. for a purchase price of $11.9 million in cash consideration.  Headquartered in Ridgeland, Pure Water Solutions provides water purification and treatment services for commercial and industrial, laboratory and medical customers out of eight regional offices throughout the Southeastern United States.  The company […] [...]

Mississippi Board of Psychology launches two new online services

by Published: December 30,2014

Tags: Business, healthcare, Helen Edwards, Mississippi, NEWS, psychology

JACKSON — The Mississippi Board of Psychology is pleased to announce two new online payment services now available for licensed psychologists. Requests for Written Verification of Licensure and Requests for Duplicate Certificates can now be submitted and paid for online. These services are also available for use on mobile devices and tablets. “The Board is very excited to add these new online […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Investing in our football future

Before this column goes to print, Mississippi State and Ole Miss will both have played in major bowls – the Orange and the Peach. State and Ole Miss fans are counting on this season’s success leading to greater opportunities in the coming years: SEC Titles, College Football Playoffs and National Championships. In their delirium, the […] [...]

LOUANN LOFTON: A new twist on dystopian fiction

If I were to tell you that a book about the end of the world (as we know it) could somehow leave you optimistic and encouraged, I doubt you’d believe me. But the incredible novel Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel, would prove me right, despite its often harrowing twists and turns. A finalist […] [...]

Birdwatching generates big bucks for coastal economy with room to grow

by Published: December 24,2014

Tags: birding, Business, Gulf Coast, Jackson County, Mississippi, NEWS, tourism

By Tammy Leytham Wildlife watching – including birding – contributes millions of dollars each year to coastal coffers and with the new Pascagoula River Audubon Center opening in 2015, the sky’s the limit. Because birders like to plan trips to areas where they can see multiple natural attractions, the coastal counties are poised for growth […] [...]

State agriculture values set to top $7B for third year

by Published: December 24,2014

Tags: agriculture, Business, Mississippi, money

Despite low prices for many commodities, the overall projected totals for Mississippi’s crop values should top $7 billion for the third straight year and essentially match the record set in 2013. John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said his preliminary estimate of 2014’s agricultural production values, excluding government payments, […] [...]

Citizen scientists help local wildlife and communities

Funding and manpower are the most common limiting factors in conducting research. These factors are especially limiting for wildlife and fisheries research projects, which cover vast geographic areas, involve secretive animals and generate large quantities of information. To combat these challenges, scientists have reached out to everyday citizens interested in science, the natural world and […] [...]

DAVID DALLAS — Hot for Havana

Last week President Obama made smoking a Cuban cigar a little less glamorous. After 50 years of sanctions, embargoes, a failed invasion, and over a hundred assignation attempts on Fidel “the Beard” Castro – a man that even Mother Nature had some difficulty taking out – President Obama has officially thrown in the towel. Now, […] [...]

Record soybean yield is valued at $1.17 billion

A potentially record-setting production year made soybeans a billion dollar crop and Mississippi’s third-largest agricultural commodity in 2014. Trent Irby, soybean specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said soybeans are expected to yield a record average of 52 bushels an acre.  “Overall, we had a really good year for soybean production,” Irby said. […] [...]

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