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SUMESH ARORA: Innovation in Mississippi must be inclusive

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I n my last column I talked about the culture of giving in Mississippi, which we know cuts across race and religion. Our citizens are among the most charitable in the country.  Similarly, we need to work on embedding a culture of innovation in all citizens of Mississippi regardless of age, race, religion and economic status.  There is strong research-based ...

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PEYTON SMITH: Earthquake damage, I’m covered for that right?

Saturday, May 2, was just another Saturday in Mississippi. People were enjoying the one of the biggest sporting days of the year, with Kentucky Derby, college baseball and of course the “biggest fight in history” between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather that night. About 7:45 that night I was at friend’s house and somebody said that there had been an ...

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JOSH MABUS: Heating up the brand

The word brand gets thrown around a lot these days, which is exciting for me since I’m in the business of brand development and security. But I think the collective definition of brand is a little off. The best brands in the world are immediately identifiable. When I say Coca-Cola you see a white backdrop with red script (or the ...

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TODD SMITH: Publishers are driving a mobile first culture

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Publishers are pushing their reporters and other staff to think mobile-first in today’s media world. Recently, The New York Times said that it would temporarily bar employees, both inside and outside editorial, from accessing its desktop homepage while at the newspaper’s New York City headquarters. The thinking: With 47 percent of time spent with NYT’s digital content coming from mobile, ...

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Becoming referable is a matter of earning, not asking

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A good friend gave me a book about building your business through referrals. The author believes, “The best marketing strategy is to be referable.”  He is correct. He writes, “Referability means that your very best clients and customers are continually cloning themselves — continually introducing you to those like themselves or better than themselves.” Well, kind of — but not ...

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ALAN TURNER — Kemper: A bird’s eye view

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.

On June 19, I accepted an invitation from Mississippi Power to visit their Kemper facility, and get an “up close and personal” view of the plant and how it works. Notwithstanding all of the controversy the construction of Kemper has caused in recent years, the actual working of the plant is deceptively simple. Basically, lignite coal is mined a few ...

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DAVID DALLAS: A Mission of Love to End Racism

Auburn Sandstrom cries while praying at a sidewalk memorial in memory of the shooting victims in front of Emanuel AME Church, Monday, June 22, 2015, in Charleston, S.C.  A week of funerals lie ahead for victims of the Charleston church massacre that killed nine people. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Afew months ago, I started attending Mission Mississippi meetings in my home county. Hosted by different churches and community groups each month, the mission of these prayer groups is to encourage and demonstrate unity across racial and denominational lines. The hope is that communities throughout Mississippi will see practical evidence of the Gospel message among a diverse group of believers. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Academic standards ‘public’ input a joke

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When all is said and done and the board votes in December, we will finally have a set of Mississippi-centric college- and career-ready standards that every person in the state has had an opportunity to comment on,” touted state Superintendent of Education Carey Wright. Not exactly. The input tool provided by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) works for education ...

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ANALYSIS — Opening meetings, College Board ruling turns 30

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  The Mississippi Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on open meetings and the state College Board is 30 years old this year. The ruling removed any doubt the constitutionally created public bodies — including the state College Board — must comply with the Open Meeting Act. Justice Lenore Prather wrote in the 1985 unanimous decision: “The open meeting legislation is no ...

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