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BILL CRAWFORD — Mississippi morality yielding to anger and hatred?

“Hatred is blind and anger deaf” wrote Alexandre Dumas in his classic “The Count of Monte Cristo.” In February, WalletHub.com ranked Mississippi as the 5th angriest and most hateful state behind Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, and Alaska. And the Clarion-Ledger reported “Mississippi has the third most hate groups in the country” per capita behind Idaho and Tennessee. This comes amidst reports of increases in hate and hate ...

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STEAK WARS — Koestler Prime strikes first

An hour after the city of Ridgeland issued its last permit to the restaurant mid-afternoon last Thursday, Scott and Julie Koestler decided – what the heck – let’s open tonight. And so they did. Julie posted it on Facebook. But it was not like there was  a complete  surprise to the opening of Koestler Prime in Renaissance at Colony Park. ...

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ALAN TURNER — Adding up the benefits of healthy workplaces

There are many reasons why employers should adopt and support workplace wellness programs for their employees, but for our purposes, let’s consider just two of these. First, workplace wellness programs make major contributions to the health and happiness of employees and their families, and in many cases, have actually saved lives. More on this later in this article. Second, workplace ...

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THE PARTNERSHIP LAWYER — New IRC Sec. 1061 three year holding period requirement

The new tax cut and Jobs Act adds section 1061 to the Code, addressing the taxation of “applicable partnership interests.” Under the provision, if one or more “applicable partnership interests” were held by a taxpayer at any time during the tax year, some portion of the taxpayer’s long-term capital gain with respect to those interests may be treated as short ...

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Single most important problem for small businesses is availability

By BECKY GILLETTE Unemployment is at its lowest rate in decades in Mississippi. That sounds good and it is for workers. But this low unemployment rate is “absolutely” a problem for small businesses, said National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Mississippi State Director Ron Aldridge. “Mississippi’s recent historic low unemployment rates and record-breaking number of workers with jobs is a ...

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Daily newspaper to launch in Memphis in the fall

By JACK WEATHERLY A daily newspaper will debut in the fall to fill the void it says the ever-shrinking Commercial Appeal has left in the Memphis area news market. The seven-days-a-week Daily Memphian has recruited some of the leading members of the Commercial Appeal staff. Launching a metropolitan daily is a rarity in an era when many have labeled dailies ...

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Frontier Airlines will start Jackson service

Discount carrier Frontier Airlines will offer service to Denver and Orlando from Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport starting in October. The Denver-based airline is offering an introductory, one-way, nonstop ticket until midnight Tuesday for as low as $35 for travel from Oct. 13 through Nov. 14, according to a release from the company. There still may be additional baggage fees ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Is government the problem or part of the answer to rural poverty?

Rural poverty skyrockets as jobs move away,” read a headline on TheHill.com.  “The number of rural Americans living in poverty has skyrocketed in recent years amidst an economic evolution that has cost hundreds of thousands of manufacturing and mining jobs.”    The problem is twofold, the article says – key employers in rural areas have shut down or moved away and educated ...

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