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Chaney encourages insurance education to consumers, sellers

By ALEX JACKS Insurance proves to be one of those expenses in life that no one wants to pay for, but everyone knows they need. From car insurance to health insurance, every aspect of Mississippians’ lives can be affected by it. Due to the influence insurance plays in all walks of life, the insurance industry constantly faces challenges. According to ...

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TODD SMITH — Brands benefit from trusted news source partnerships

Reuters called this past year “the year the media became the headline” in the release of its Tomorrow’s News 2017 report. The news publisher surveyed more than 1,700 Reuters.com users in April and May to discuss advertising, awareness and perception of other news websites. As the news cycle has developed, the study from Reuters has found that news consumers are ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — What makes a good mayor?

Now that municipal elections in Mississippi are over it’s time for the winning candidates to consider their new roles. Those who are assuming office for the first time will discover that being a mayor or board/council member is quite different from being a candidate. Being a mayor in particular is one of the toughest jobs going.  A mayor does not ...

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PSC to Mississippi Power: enough is enough on Kemper

By JACK WEATHERLY Years of construction delays and huge cost overruns at Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County clean-coal gasification plant have reached the breaking point, as far as state regulators are concerned. The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to issue an order on July 6 giving the utility 45 days to comply with the order that would allow ...

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Cosmetics chain to open distribution center in DeSoto, create 400 jobs

MBJ staff Sephora Americas will open a distribution center in Olive Branch this summer. The new 720,000-square-foot distribution center in Prologis Park features state-of-the-art technology. The expansion of distribution operations is expected to create approximately 400 jobs during the next five years. Operations will begin this month and shipping is expected to begin in late summer. “We are very pleased to ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Will Mississippi tax cuts have results like Kansas?

Is Kansas a lesson for Mississippi?   Conservative Gov. Sam Brownback and the Republican controlled Kansas Legislature enacted massive state tax cuts five years ago, making Kansas the national poster child for anti-tax advocates.   Earlier this month, the Kansas Legislature, led by newly elected moderate Republicans, reversed those deep tax cuts following huge budget shortfalls and limited economic growth. ...

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Jackson-Evers International parking aided by ticketless system

By JACK WEATHERLY If you fly, you probably drive yourself to the airport, which means finding the right parking lot and grabbing a ticket. That adds one more thing you have to keep up with. But if you use the Jackson–Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport, you don’t have to worry. If you opt to use Arrivio, it’s as easy as pointing and clicking, ...

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Mississippi Main Street announces 2017 awards

The Mississippi Main Street Association celebrated achievements of Mississippi Main Street Communities at the 28th Annual Awards Luncheon June 8 at the Old Capitol Inn in downtown Jackson. The annual awards luncheon honors Main Street directors, board members and volunteers and recognizes the most outstanding downtown development projects from Main Street communities in Mississippi. The awards and their winners, program/town ...

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Northpark faces brave new world of mall retailing

By JACK WEATHERLY Credit Suisse predicted earlier this month that up to 25 percent of U.S. malls will be closed within five years. The Switzerland-based financial services giant’s outlook sent ripples across the world of malls, which have dominated the retail landscape for several decades. Credit Suisse and other observers see an overbuilt market, not unlike the housing market of ...

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Mississippi manufacturing leads downturn in state economy

  By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi’s economy slipped again in April primarily because manufacturing workers’ average workweek fell below 40 hours for the first time in six years. The “manufacturing employment intensity index” is one of three indices that declined in April, sending the Leading Index of Economic Indicators (MLI) downward, according to a monthly report issued by the Institutions of ...

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