Archive | October 22nd, 2013

A promise not a threat: Bryant orders BCBS to reinstate 10 hospitals

October 22, 2013

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JACKSON, Miss. – Gov. Phil Bryant late Tuesday afternoon followed through on an earlier threat against Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi by issuing an executive order requiring that the BCBS reinstate 10 Health Management Association hospitals as in-network providers. The order demands the reinstatement for approximately 60 days until an investigation of  BCBS’s […]

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Black Thursday? Kolh’s joins retail parade for Thanksgiving openings

October 22, 2013

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Following the lead of rivals Macy’s and J.C. Penney, Kohl’s Department Stores announced it will open its doors at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, kicking off its Black Friday event earlier than ever, the trade publication Chain Store Age reports. A Jackson retail leasing agent said the expectation is that Belk will join the crowd […]

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Aaron’s agrees to stop spying on computer renters

October 22, 2013

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Aaron’s Inc., an Atlanta-based rent-to-own retailer with dozens of store sin Mississippi, has agreed to stop using software to secretly spy on and photograph customers who rented computers, the Los Angeles Times reports. The Federal Trade Commission had accused Aaron’s and its franchisees of using software to monitor customers’ computer keystrokes and secretly watch them […]

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Clinton school teachers integrate technology into learning

October 22, 2013

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Special to The MBJ CLINTON — Teaching methods are changing in Clinton’s public schools. Throughout the Clinton Public School District, teachers and students are incorporating new apps and software into day-to-day instruction. “Research shows that using these devices, apps and software is a way to get kids engaged in the learning process,” said Dr. Kameron […]

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(VIDEO) Charles Robertson: The next big economic boom

October 22, 2013

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The past decade has seen slow and steady economic growth across the continent of Africa. But, in this Ted Talk,  economist Charles Robertson has a bold thesis: Africa’s about to boom. He talks through a few of the indicators — from rising education levels to expanded global investment (and not just from China) — that […]

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Pumpkin pie all around! Growers see best year in decades

October 22, 2013

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For Mississippi’s pumpkin growers, this season has been spooky — spooky good, that is. David Nagel, horticulturist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said 2013 has been the best year for pumpkins since he started working in the state about 25 years ago. Mississippi growers are producing more and larger pumpkins than their competitors […]

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Leland, Muppets to get new landscaping thanks to grant

October 22, 2013

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The Muppets’ Kermit the Frog is famous for singing, “It’s not easy being green.” Perhaps he is feeling better about that color after a landscape architecture grant awarded to the city of Leland. Mississippi State University was recently recognized by a $25,000 National Endowment for the Arts grant benefitting the city of Leland. Officials with […]

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