January 16, 2015

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Holder putting stop to cops seizing our belongings without cause

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Friday barred local and state police from using federal law to seize cash, cars and other property without evidence that a crime occurred, the Washington Post reports. Holder’s action represents the most sweeping check on police power to confiscate personal property since the seizures began three decades ago […]

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January 15, 2015

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Fitch awards solid, stable AA rating to new IHL borrowing

The candidate selected to replace the departing Hank Bounds as Mississippi’s commissioner of higher education will inherit a sound and stable borrower profile for the State Institutions of Higher Learning. In a Jan. 13 ratings report, Fitch Ratings Service maintained the AA rating on a new issuance of revenue bonds the IHL expects to sell […]

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January 15, 2015

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Managing wild hog nusiance is workshop topic

GRENADA — The Grenada County Extension Office will hold a wild-hog management workshop on Feb. 9 for landowners, hunters and timber professionals across the state. The “Wild Hog Damage Management Workshop” is from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grenada County Extension Office. Topics include basic wildlife damage management; wild hog history, biology and […]

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January 15, 2015

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Entrepreneurial competitions to be held by DRA

The Delta Regional Authority has launched The Delta Challenge — a series of entrepreneurship-pitch competitions, according to a news release.  One of five competitions will be held in Jackson on Feb. 27. Information on the time and location will be posted at  dra.gov/entrepreneur.  Others will be held in Missouri, Louisiana, Arkansas and Alabama. “The DRA’s Entrepreneurship […]

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January 15, 2015

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U.S. Easing Decades-Old Restrictions on Travel to Cuba

WASHINGTON — According to the New York Times, the United States government on Friday will begin making it easier for Americans to travel to Cuba than it has been for more than half a century, opening the door to a new era of contact between neighbors that have been estranged longer than most of their citizens have […]

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January 14, 2015

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Mississippi projects part of nearly $1 billion public-private conservation partnerships

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Mississippi, the 49 other states and Puerto Rico will receive more than $370 million in federal funding for 115 high-impact conservation projects as part of the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program. In turn, these projects will leverage an estimated $400 million in partner contributions to improve the nation’s water quality, support wildlife habitat and enhance the […]

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January 14, 2015

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Fed’s Atlanta district reports employers switching to hiring mode

Demand for workers has increased throughout the Atlanta Federal Reserve District in recent weeks, the Federal Reserve reported in the Jan. 14 Beige Book. Published several times a year, the Beige Book provides assessments of economic conditions in the nation’s 12 Fed districts. Beige Book information is gathered from a network of business sources in […]

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January 13, 2015

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Want to send someone you know to Mars? Elon Musk may have the answer

The world according to Elon Musk is about to get more ambitious — ranging from a Seattle engineering office to develop and launch satellites to the on-time delivery of a crossover electric SUV that will appeal to women. The 43-year-old billionaire also said in an interview he’s optimistic his Space Exploration Technologies Corp., the first […]

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January 13, 2015

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FORBES: Mississippi needs a dose of transparency at state department of revenue

A recent article in State Tax Notes details some transparency concerns at the Mississippi Department of Revenue that are (unfortunately) somewhat commonplace. For example, the department does not publish letter rulings, which can be useful in helping taxpayers understand the risk associated with a particular transaction. In general, taxpayers want to go into matters with eyes wide […]

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January 13, 2015

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Wear your computer on your arm? Don’t laugh, it’s here

A new device called Cicret is taking a major step towards the “skinscreen” future with a bracelet that has an interactive, built-in projector displayed on your forearm. You can check your email, watch videos, and sync it to your iPhone for more functionality. And just like a smartphone, you can pinch to zoom, tap to […]

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