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Analysis: Mississippi flag folded at some public buildings

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  Mississippi voters chose to keep a Confederate battle emblem on the state flag in 2001, but that election did not equate to a universal embrace of the banner. The flag has disappeared in recent years from some public buildings, particularly in majority-black areas, as local officials expressed concern that it represents division rather than unity. The Mississippi flag has ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Blanton, court make higher rates likely for MPC customers

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

For years, communities, businesses, and consumers in southeast Mississippi have counted on Mississippi Power Company for far more than electricity. The company has been a valued partner in economic development projects, disaster recovery (especially after Katrina), fights to save military bases, and more. Further, company leaders frequently provide effective leadership for statewide initiatives.  »» READ: Thomas Blanton’s response to this ...

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BOOKBIZ — A book for cultivating your inner courage

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  Maybe it’s an idea for a start-up that you keep talking yourself out of. Or a new line of business for your company that you believe would improve your fortunes tremendously, but would be something of a risk to pursue. Or it could be finally sticking with an exercise routine – no matter how painful it is at first ...

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IKE TROTTER — Planning is vital for small businesses

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Here in Mississippi and, in particular, the Delta, small businesses are the backbone to our economy. And, equally as important, small businesses can be the glue that brings children back home to run and eventually succeed in the ownership of a business. But, as many know, running a small business today involves a great deal of risk. Needless to say, ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — The best summer job I ever had

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It was 1965. The summer between my junior and senior year at Central High School in Jackson, Mississippi. Vietnam was heating up, civil rights events were being held and other events were in the news, but like most 17-year-old boys this one had other things on his mind: Mostly cars and girls. We interrupt this column to mention that today’s ...

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MARK BLACKWELL — A trip abroad may be cheaper this year

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  If your family is like mine, you may be in the habit of vacationing in the same stateside location summer after summer.  There is a lot to be said for sticking with what’s familiar – locales where you know you will find amenities that everyone has enjoyed in the past and would likely enjoy again.  However, this may also ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Mississippi sunshine and the perfect storm

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The perfect solar storm is hitting Mississippi. One that could have us all dancing and singing that Brady Bunch song, “Sunshine Day.” More solar panel manufacturing jobs have come to our state. Entergy Mississippi has developed a pilot project to collect better data for more efficient solar energy for its consumers. And our Public Service Commission is set to approve net ...

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Analysis: State considers other options for failing schools

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  When Gov. Phil Bryant approved plans by the Mississippi Department of Education last week to take over the Tunica County school district, it was a familiar process. Mississippi has taken over a district at least 19 times since 1996. Tunica joins Oktibbeha County and North Panola on the list of districts that have been taken over twice. More than ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Are schools teaching the way to peace, liberty, and safety

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Kids get abysmal grade in history,” read the headline. “Most U.S. high school seniors have a poor grasp of the nation’s history,” read the story’s first line.   Diane Ravitch, historian, NYU professor, and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education said, “Our ability to defend – intelligently and thoughtfully – what we as a nation hold dear depends on our ...

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