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Smith Park in downtown Jackson reopens after upgrade 

By JACK WEATHERLY Smith Park will reopen on Friday after being closed since November for upgrades. The fence will come down and festivities will start at 11 a.m. to celebrate the reopening. Mayor Chockwe Antar Lumumba and Gov. Phil Bryant will speak, there will be food trucks and a band, said Ben Allen, president of Downtown Jackson Partners. The group, ...

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SPENCER RITCHIE: Political contributions: Know your limits

In Mississippi, every year is an election year. This election year, however, is shaping up to be one of the most memorable in the state in decades. Many Mississippians will seek to play an active part in these elections by contributing to campaigns and political parties. Such contributions are subject to federal and state campaign finance laws. Below is a ...

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PHIL HARWDICK — Be wary of phony developers who will take advantage of your community

Amazon’s method of inviting cities to bid for its second headquarters is the top story in economic development news these days. It is fascinating to see cities responding with expensive and sometimes wild offers to be the one that is selected. I suppose you can’t blame them. Every public official wants more good job in their communities. So much so ...

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Mississippi tributary called nation’s most endangered river

An environmental organization identified a tributary of the Mississippi River on Tuesday as the nation’s most endangered river of 2018 after a retiring senator revived a decades-old flood drainage plan.A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to curb flooding in Mississippi’s delta region threatens the Big Sunflower River and 200,000 acres (80,938 hectares) of surrounding wetlands, American Rivers said.The project ...

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HU MEENA — AT&T desperate to hold on to monopoly as C Spire wins state technology bid

The Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services (ITS) selected Mississippi’s own C Spire as its partner to procure communication and data services for its state agencies, schools, libraries and other state entities.  The eight-year contract awarded services to C Spire in five categories, including voice and data, and C Spire stands ready to deliver on DAY ONE. The partnership marks ...

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MAYO FLYNT: MBJ opinion wrong on ITS bid

We are disappointed that the Mississippi Business Journal did not provide us the courtesy of hearing our point of view before taking a position against us in its recent Our View editorial. On behalf of the thousands of employees who are working each and every day to keep Mississippi’s businesses and residents connected, and on behalf of the more than ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Hyde-Smith as Senator Serendipitous as Trade War Looms

Serendipity is a word with an unusual history. It derives from an Italian translation of a 14th Century Persian fairy tale. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, serendipity was coined by English author Horace Walpole who had stumbled upon a “fairy tale called ‘The Three Princes of Serendip.'” Walpole said the three princes “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of ...

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Republican Taggart not running in Mississippi US Senate race

A Mississippi Republican who advocates removing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag says that he’s not running for U.S. Senate. Andy Taggart of Madison said weeks ago that he might enter the special election to finish the term started by longtime Republican Thad Cochran. He says Thursday that he’s not running. Taggart was chief of staff in the ...

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Cal-Maine sales increase; income boosted by tax cut

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. reported net income of  $96.3 million, or $1.99 per share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2018,  compared with $4.1 million, or nine cents per share, for the year  earlier period, thanks in part to a $35 million, or 72 cents per share, boost from the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Earnings for ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — The grump may have to rethink his view of women’s basketball

I don’t care to watch certain women’s sports, even at the top level. Tennis, yes. Beach volleyball, okay. Snow skiing, not bad.  Gymnastics, once every four years is enough. Softball, no. Golf, if I can’t get out of watching it. Basketball. Nuh-uh. I’ve been known to say, in select company, (meaning not around women) that it’s inferior, compared with men’s basketball. ...

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