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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January 12, 2015

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BUSINESS INSIDER: The Mississippi Delta has been destroyed by white flight

In a story in the nationally published Business Insider, it is reported what most of us have known for 20 or more years, that the Mississippi Delta has been destroyed by white flight. Having said that, it is still a worthy exercise to read as we continue to examine ways to rebuild the economy from […]

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January 9, 2015

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FHA mortgage holders getting half-percent cut on insurance premiums

An improved housing market has led the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to reduce the annual mortgage insurance premiums new borrowers will pay by half of a percent. The premium cut is projected to save more than two million FHA homeowners an average of $900 annually and spur 250,000 new homebuyers to purchase their first home […]

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January 9, 2015

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Science will meet sweat at new Guruz Fitness

If you’re looking for a new place to work off those extra pounds the holidays gave you, mark down Jan. 15. That’s the grand opening day for Guruz Fitness Studio at 6935 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland. Operated by chiropractor Dominique Chagnon and wife Lacee, the studio applies science through use of a specialized heart rate based […]

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January 9, 2015

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US gains 252K jobs; unemployment rate falls to 5.6 pct.

WASHINGTON — The United States capped its best year for hiring in 15 years with a healthy gain in December, and the unemployment rate hit a six-year low. The numbers support expectations that the United States will strengthen further this year even as overseas economies stumble. The Labor Department said Friday that employers added 252,000 […]

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January 9, 2015

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Global stocks edge lower as investors await US jobs report

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LONDON — Global stocks edged lower on Friday ahead of a monthly U.S. employment report that will confirm whether the country remains a bright spot in an otherwise languishing world economy. KEEPING SCORE: France’s CAC 40 was down 0.7 percent at 4,231.41 and Germany’s DAX shed 0.6 percent to 9,781.03. Britain’s FTSE 100 lost 0.5 […]

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