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BOBBY HARRISON: 2015 Legislature could face a teacher pay controversy

November 27, 2013

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JACKSON, Mississippi — The rapidly approaching 2014 legislative session – not 2015 – will be the time to take up any controversial proposals. The 2015 session will be in an election year. In election years, legislators and the governor only want to deal with feel-good issues – the type of proposals that guarantee votes. For instance, […]

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State Attorney General Jim Hood hints at action against Blue Cross Blue Shield

November 12, 2013

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By Bobby Harrison JACKSON – As attorney general, Jim Hood has displayed a willingness to take on big business, whether Google, BP, major drug companies or Entergy, if he felt wrongdoing was occurring. Hood, a Democrat, sent word recently he is eying health insurance giant Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. “I have been […]

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Analysis: Education, gov’t finances tightly linked in Mississippi

November 10, 2013

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The Associated Press JACKSON, Mississippi — Grab the nearest kindergartner and tell her this: Stay in school and study hard because Mississippi’s long-term economic outlook depends on you. If you slack off and drop out before getting a decent level of education, your state government — that is, your fellow citizens — might have to […]

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West Nile Virus takes life of third Mississippian in 2013

October 30, 2013

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West Nile disease is transmitted from birds to mosquitoes and finally to humans. It can be fatal and to date there is no cure.

JACKSON, Mississippi – According to the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), the third Mississippian of 2013 has died of West Nile virus (WNV). The death occurred in a Forrest County resident who was a previously reported human case. The state total for 2013 is now 43 human cases, including three deaths. The other two […]

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Mississippi’s beer of choice is Bud Light

October 16, 2013

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When it comes to beer, the northeast loves Sam Adams, Pennsylvania opts for its native Yuengling, and California picks Corona. Blowfish, a “hangover cure” that promises relief after a night of heavy drinking, recently conducted a poll with AMP, a third-party research firm, to learn about people’s drinking habits across the U.S. The survey included […]

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Here’s another suggestion if you don’t like Common Core

October 11, 2013

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I’ve heard tons of reason why Common Core, the new education method sweeping the country, won’t work. However, I haven’t heard anyone offer a different solution … Gripe, gripe, gripe … “It’s a liberal attack on education,” some say. “It’s conservative trying to take over our children at a young age,” others say. While I […]

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The Nissan Trap: For better or worse, Mississippi’s investment creates dilemmas

October 10, 2013

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In this story at Rethink MS, Jake McGraw makes a valid argument that by putting up $378 million in cash incentives to attract Nissan, Mississippi has made itself beholden to a large overseas employer — perhaps even against the interests of its own citizens. » READ the entire story here …

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CRAWFORD: Paul Ryan proposes a sensible approach

October 9, 2013

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By Bill Crawford Republican budget-master Rep. Paul Ryan emerged from self-imposed obscurity last week, speaking out on the government shutdown and looming default in an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal. His words deserve consideration: “For example, most of us agree that gradual, structural reforms are better than sudden, arbitrary cuts. For my Democratic […]

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(VIDEO) Michael Porter: Why business can be good at solving social problems

October 7, 2013

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Why do we turn to nonprofits, NGOs and governments to solve society’s biggest problems? In this Ted Talk, Michael Porter admits he’s biased, as a business school professor, but he wants you to hear his case for letting business try to solve massive problems like climate change and access to water. Why? Because when business […]

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Madison County Creative Economy Council launches quality of life website

October 7, 2013

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The Madison County Creative Economy Council (MCCEC) comprised of the Canton Chamber Main Street Association, Canton Convention Visitors Bureau & Film Office, Flora Area Chamber of Commerce, Madison County Chamber of Commerce, madison the City Chamber of Commerce, Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce, Ridgeland Tourism Commission, Madison County Business League, Madison County Economic Development Authority and […]

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