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MBJ BUSINESS SHOWCASE — Canopy Children’s Services: New name, same vital mission

Recently, I talked with Dr. John Damon, CEO for Canopy Children’s Solutions, about their decision to change the name of the organization from Mississippi Children’s Home Services to Canopy. MCHS was founded in 1912 and has helped countless thousands of Mississippi children in need for more than 100 years now. “Well, it seemed that many people had the impression through ...

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JOSH MABUS — The glass is simply half: Perspective vs. correct action

We talk about a glass being “half full” or “half empty” as if a certain view defines us as optimists or pessimists. When I hear this argument, I hear a problem that has been festering in human consciousness — likely since the advent of this trope. The truth is the glass can never be half full without being half empty. ...

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TODD SMITH — New study shows how the press failed voters in the 2016 presidential election

A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzes news coverage during the 2016 general election, and concludes that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump received coverage that was overwhelmingly negative in tone and extremely light on policy. The negativity was not unique to the 2016 election cycle but instead part of a ...

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DENNIS SEID: Consumers prefer things made here; will they pay?

Reshoring” has been a buzzword in manufacturing of late, perhaps gaining more momentum with the election of Donald Trump as president. Trump, as we’ve heard, has threatened to punish companies that send jobs overseas. Last week,Carrier announced – with Trump in attendance – that it would keep about 800 union and supervisor jobs from being outsourced to Mexico. This is ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — The strangest eminent domain case ever

There is an intriguing eminent domain case going on in south Mississippi. It involves a popular, well-known local eatery, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), the local county government and a 100-foot strip of land alongside a highway. The real estate issue is property value, but that is only the beginning. Let’s begin with a brief, but incomplete factual timeline ...

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LAW ELEVATED — The Department of Labor’s new OT rule put on hold

It seems that the US. Department of Labor (DOL)’s highly-anticipated overtime rules changes have been put on hold—and, quite possibly, on ice. On November 22, 2016, just days before the new rules were set to take effect on December 1, Federal District Judge Amos Mazzant, a 2014 Obama appointee, issued a preliminary injunction that prevents the DOL from implementing any ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — How the Democrats shot themselves in their self-righteous left foot

The old saying “What goes around, comes around” is a non-partisan axiom.  An analogous Biblical proverb advocates we should “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” The Democrats can only hope the Republicans subscribe to the Golden Rule instead of an “eye for an eye.” I’ll leave it to objective historians to determine whether the Democrats, ...

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JOSH MABUS — Remarkable means remark able

Netflix had a lot of success with its original content this year, and the most successful of those shows was the first season of newest cult classic, Stranger Things. The show pulled 14.07 million viewers in its first 35 days. Some of you might be wondering why you haven’t heard about the show, seeing as how shows with that many ...

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TODD SMITH — Cyber Monday smashed online sales record

Cyber Monday, the final lap in the Thanksgiving holiday shopping relay, yielded $3.45 billion in sales, a new online record. On the day when retailers traditionally roll out a raft of digital deals, Adobe Digital Insights said shoppers spent 12.1 percent more than Cyber Monday 2015, and 2.6 percent more than Adobe initially predicted. “Cyber Monday was one for the history ...

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