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‘Public hanging’ remark puts spotlight on Miss. Senate race

A video of a white U.S. senator from Mississippi making a flip reference to a “public hanging” is incensing voters in a special election runoff, drawing attention to the state’s history of lynching and boosting Democrats’ hope of pulling off a stunner in the Deep South. Republican Cindy Hyde-Smith is facing former congressman and former U.S. agriculture secretary Mike Espy, ...

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Analysis: Candidates need motivated voters for Senate runoff

Candidates in Mississippi’s U.S. Senate runoff are competing with college football, Thanksgiving turkey and the mad dash of Christmas bargain hunting as they try to hold voters’ attention. Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democratic challenger Mike Espy are on the ballot Nov. 27, and the winner will get the final two years of a six-year term started by longtime Republican ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Hyde-Smith will trump Espy in run-off

The hand has begun writing on the wall. The not-so-slim lady is tuning her pipes. The Nov. 27 run-off between Cindy Hyde-Smith and Mike Espy is all but a done deal, with Hyde-Smith the clear winner.   Barring a political miracle, that’s what the numbers and political realities say.   The numbers first.   Espy needed a strong, above average ...

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Hollemans opening second Fleet Feet location in Jackson Metro area

By BECKY GILLETTE Customers in the Jackson metro area will soon have two locations to choose from if they want to visit a store that specializes in “inspiring and empowering the runner in everyone.” Lesley and Matthew Holleman own and operate Fleet Feet in Ridgeland, and plan on opening a second location in Flowood by Thanksgiving. The 1,956-square-foot store will ...

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‘Parklet’ well-received in downtown Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Downtown Jackson’s first “parklet” has been well received. And so the city may move forward with another, according to Travis Crabtree, urban designer for the city. The parklet — wooden benches and planters and spaces for small lightweight tables and chairs — occupies what had been parking spaces on the east side of Congress Street in front ...

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Drilling raises some hope for return of Tuscaloosa Marine Shale oil

By JACK WEATHERLY The drilling of a few oil wells in southwest Mississippi and the recovery of the price of crude have awakened hopes, however slight, of a revitalization of the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale “play.” Prices plunged from about $100 in mid-2014 to the low point of around $40 by the end of that year. But the price of West ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — Always ask the experts

I was recently listening to a craft brewing industry podcast, and it was about a brewery that had dealt with two significant issues early on in its existence. As I sympathetically listened, the founder of this brewery recanted two excruciating tales of “mistakes” that ended up costing his business and its investors nearly $155,000.  As I listened (and cringed), I could ...

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It’s not REM, but Rusty Healy Agency is working out just fine

By NASH NUNNERY If Rusty Healy had his druthers, he’d be playing his dream gig as lead guitarist for 1980s indie rock band REM. But instead of basking in the afterglow of sold-out arenas and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, Healy works in the insurance business as the owner of the Rusty Healy Agency in Madison. Channeling his ...

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Entergy Mississippi, Recurrent Energy partner on Sunflower County solar site

The sunlight that fuels cotton, corn and soybean growth in the Mississippi Delta will soon fuel a 100-megawatt solar energy farm. This project will be the largest utility-owned solar farm in the state, pending approval of the Mississippi Public Service Commission. The project will be built by Canadian Solar Inc. (“Canadian Solar”) (NASDAQ: CSIQ) subsidiary Recurrent Energy, LLC (“Recurrent Energy”) ...

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