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TODD SMITH — Media deploy advertising to promote journalism in fake news era

The proliferation of fake news – be that the insult lobbed at journalists and publications that President Donald Trump and his administration detest or the websites peddling false information across the web to make a quick buck – has unleashed a wave of advertising from news media organizations looking to promote the value of responsible journalism. Earlier this month, Gannett ...

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Stars come out as sun sets on MEC’s Wilson era

By JACK WEATHERLY Blake Wilson bade farewell Thursday to the Mississippi Economic Council after 19 years of leading the state chamber of commerce. Wilson’s retirement, effective June 16, as only the third director of the 68-year-old organization, added a dimension to the annual meeting at the Jackson Convention Complex, which drew more than 2,000. The growth of the organization under ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: A Peek behind Legislative leaders’ spending rhetoric

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip Gunn are touting their great success this year in holding down the cost of government.    “We Republicans have campaigned for many, many years that we are for living within our means, we are for controlling spending, we are for reducing the size of government,” Gunn told reporters according to the Associated ...

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UPDATE: Appeal coming after ruling in favor of Costco plan

  By JACK WEATHERLY Madison County Circuit Court Judge John Emfinger ruled Friday that developers could move forward with plans to build a Costco Wholesale store on the Highland Colony Parkway – a plan hotly contested by homeowners. On Monday, Sheldon Alston, attorney for the nine plaintiffs, said the ruling will be appealed to the state Supreme Court.  Emfinger held a ...

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Camp Shelby at 100 still packs a wallop for defense and the economy

By BECKY GILLETTE Each year more than twice the number of members of the military train at Camp Shelby than there are residents of Hattiesburg, population 47,566. About 125,000 people train annually there, with about 60 percent coming from the National Guard, and the remainder from the active military services including the Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard. That pumps ...

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Spreading fake news can result in fraud charges, SEC says

By BECKY GILLETTE On April 10 the Securities Exchange Commission  issued warnings for investors to be aware of fake news designed to drive up a company’s stock price. “When you read an article on an investment research website, be aware that the article may not be objective and independent,” the SEC said in an alert to investors. “For example, the ...

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State bankers say Trump effect is positive

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT Some Mississippi bankers are confident the Trump administration will have a much-needed impact on public banks.  Several have already witnessed a rise in stocks since election day. “The effect (of the new presidential administration) has been extremely positive,” said Hoppy Cole, president and CEO of The First, a national banking association. “We are a publicly-traded company, ...

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Oxford-based company starts graphene association

By JACK WEATHERLY Graphene is the strongest and thinnest material in the world, and an Oxford-based company, New Media Lab LLC, aims to promote its commercial applications by forming the National Graphene Association (NGA). Graphene will eventually find its way into almost every field and will affect many facets of human life, including energy storage, electronics, smart textiles, sensors, medical ...

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TODD SMITH — Tesla stock races past GM, Ford as most valuable

Tesla Inc. – the sleek, high-end electric carp company – has surpassed General Motors Co. to become America’s most valuable car brand, eclipsing a company whose well being was once viewed as interdependent with the nation’s. A week after topping Ford Motor Co., Tesla climbed 3.3 percent last week, lifting its market capitalization to $50.9 billion. Tesla ended last Monday ...

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