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DAVID DALLAS: Mississippi Republicans speak on the GOP presidential candidates

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Some of the nation’s best and brightest Republican operatives call Mississippi home. Of course, the biggest of the best and brightest is our former Governor and Yazoo City native, Haley Barbour. The former Chairman of the RNC and successful lobbyist, Barbour knows a thing or two about politics. Barbour says there are “no true frontrunners” in the GOP Primary. He ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Frierson takes hard looks at tax breaks and Initiative 42

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You’ve got to admire Herb Frierson. There aren’t many straight shooters in Mississippi politics anymore.   Back in 2013, the House Appropriations Committee chairman called the increasing number of tax breaks coming out of the Republican legislature a big problem, noting the legislature had no way to determine the cumulative impact of such cuts over time.   As reported in ...

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BREAKING: Chancery order voids Watkins’ $4.7 million Farish lien

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Remember Jackson’s Farish Street? It’s back in the news with a Chancery Court summary judgment issued Thursday invalidating a $4.7 million lien developer David Watkins put on the buildings along the first block of Farish Street after the Jackson Redevelopment Authority booted him from a stalled effort to remake the block into an entertainment and dining district. The JRA gave ...

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US. Foods opens new, bigger facility after 2014 tornado

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By Jack Weatherly For its 4,000 Mississippi and Louisiana restaurants and institutional customers, US. Foods has returned in a big way. Its 272,000-square-foot facility has opened in Flowood. But division President Gil Smith said the new center is deceptively larger than the old one in Pearl, which encompassed 200,000 square feet. The new facility is much taller, making it twice ...

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Strides, criticisms mark Port of Gulfport chief’s tenure

Jonathan Daniels, executive director of the Mississippi State Ports Authority, is looking to add 150 acres to the Port of Gulfport after its rebuilding is completed at the end of 2017.

Jonathan Daniels has checked off a few tasks on his to-do list since taking over as head of the Mississippi State Ports Authority in 2012: » Put money in the bank; » Establish a nearly $4 million operating budget surplus; » Expand the Port of Gulfport by 84 acres; » Complete channel maintenance dredging, including 100 feet out from the ...

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Just what is the market for a Jackson convention center hotel?

The Jackson Redevelopment Authority is moving ahead with selecting a developer for a convention center hotel, though at this point it can only guess at the soundness of the investment. The latest invitation for developers to propose how they would build a hotel adjacent to the Jackson Convention Complex – the third in the past five years – shares with ...

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MARTY WISEMAN – Republican candidates and the Affordable Care Act: the plot thickens

With each passing day, the anticipation of the first debate among the 15 or 16 Republican presidential candidates grows more intense.  Under the Fox format only the top 10 will make onto the stage.  Where would we political junkies be without Donald Trump?  When the GOP hopefuls stormed out of the blocks one could fairly easily guess what the major ...

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A study with impact: Army contract gives USM one of world’s most advanced helmet-liner facilities

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A unique, multi-disciplinary approach to research combining the skills of The University of Southern Mississippi School of Kinesiology and the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials is credited with the decision of the U.S. Army to award USM a $4.9 million contract for development and evaluation of a helmet liner designed to provide enhanced head protection for the military. ...

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Employers support the expanded role of National Guard

The importance of the Mississippi National Guard has always been understood by state employers, but with multiple deployments in recent years Guard members’ role has expanded. U.S. wars in the Middle East have meant longer and more deployments by Guard members to augment the regular Army. As valuable members of the work force, these citizen soldiers play dual roles. According ...

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