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BEN WILLIAMS — The U.S. Supreme Court Mississippi flag order that wasn’t

Marshall Ramsey’s September 3 cartoon, depicting Governor Bryant as a Confederate soldier writing home about defending the flag on order of the “Yankee Supreme Court,” is quite clever and well-drawn.  The immensely-talented cartoonist is a credit to the State of Mississippi.  This particular cartoon, however, may perpetuate recent indistinct and misleading news reports.  Counter to published reports in various news ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: State flag conflict: morality vs. heritage

Former state GOP executive director, elected Republican official, and chief of staff to Kirk Fordice, Mississippi’s first Republican Governor, Andy Taggart has publicly challenged his party to step up and “lead the charge in finally removing from our state flag the representation of the Confederate battle flag.”    Saying such a move “will make a strong, moral statement” acknowledging “our ...

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Entergy investing $136M in advanced metering

By BECKY GILLETTE It is a big investment installing new advanced metering infrastructure for every customer of Entergy Mississippi. The Mississippi Public Service Commission approved Entergy’s plan for AMI in homes and businesses in May. The total cost of the system to be installed between 2019 and 2021 is $136 million, with Entergy Mississippi estimating a long-term cost savings to ...

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PSC’s Presley: Only 30 percent of state utility spending went to Mississippi firms

By JULIA MILLER The origin of Public Service Commission’s new “Hire Mississippi” rule is simple. “I drive all over the state, and I was driving by construction sites and kept seeing out-of-state car tags,” Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley said. It frustrated him because he knew these sites were funded by taxpayers. He decided to research the numbers, and his ...

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Passenger train talk continues along Gulf Coast

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT Twelve years after Hurricane Katrina, the Gulf Coast has restored all transportations except a passenger rail system.  Now, the Mississippi Gulf Coast appears ready to welcome a restored passenger rail service that could make stops in Biloxi, Gulfport, Bay St. Louis and Pascagoula. From 1993 to 2005, the Sunset Limited serviced the Mississippi Coast as part ...

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IN MISSISSIPPI — Online sales, shortage of drivers have trucking industry re-evaluating

By JULIA MILLER Today there are innumerable ways to buy goods, and more and more consumers are turning online. This change is prompting the freighting industry to re-evaluate its model. Over the next 30 years, the U.S. Department of Transportation forecasts a 40 percent increase in the market, a statistic that Mississippi Trucking Association President Hal Miller reinforces. “We’re looking ...

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ALAN TURNER — Stuart Whitaker: In the swing of things

A few years back, Stuart Whitaker was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, and has never recovered. After growing up in Garland, Texas, and graduating from Baylor, “I married a Mississippi girl, and here I am,” he said in a recent conversation. Stuart built a successful career in technology, working for a variety of tech companies and finally working for Mossy Oak ...

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TODD SMITH — Threat of fake news strengthens trust in traditional media

The rise in “fake news” has strengthened trust in traditional media, according to a recent survey of journalists worldwide. More than half of those surveyed (52 percent) find traditional media to be the most trusted news sources, followed by company websites and news releases (22 percent), according to the Ogilvy Media Influence’s annual global survey of 250-plus reporters and producers ...

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PHIL HARDWICK: Become involved in serving your community

Sooner or later, successful business persons will be asked to serve on a nonprofit board of directors.  Such service can be rewarding, but the outcome can be miserable if there is a bad match between board member and organization. To help avoid a potential bad experience and to help you evaluate whether you and the organization are a good match, the ...

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