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Trade pact touted as gold mine for Mississippi exporters


By JACK WEATHERLY  Foreign trade accounts for one in five Mississippi jobs, growing them at six times the overall jobs creation rate in the state. That’s the take from the Business Roundtable, composed of executives of corporations around the country. Now the U.S. Commerce Department has some more eye-popping figures. The 11 countries that the United States would join in ...

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Signing up for health coverage through the exchange

Denise Woodcock received help from Joy Humes in signing up for Humana coverage. Also shown is Jakajia Woodcock, 14.

By JACK WEATHERLY Denise Woodcock had never seen a reason for her to have health insurance. After all, she said, “I hardly ever get sick.” Then she had to go to an emergency room about a month ago. That left her with a $13,000 medical bill – and a resolve to buy insurance. “That kind of scared me,” she said. ...

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Nan Morrison: a passion for financial literacy (WITH VIDEO)

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By ALAN TURNER Growing up on Long Island, Nan Morrison, president and CEO of the Council for Economic Education, says that she first learned about financial literacy from her father, who owned several radio stations in New York. She also acquired a love of numbers, and wound up with a degree in Applied Mathematics from Yale University, finishing magna cum ...

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New Audubon Center adds to ecotourism attractions

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By LISA MONTI  Jackson County just added a major new ecotourism attraction, the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, which opened Oct. 15 in Moss Point. Along with swamp cruises, birding excursions, kayak tours and nature trails, the center should help to attract more visitors to the state who like the experience of being in nature and who spend money doing it. ...

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Bay St. Louis’ Starfish Cafe helps to find careers


By LISA MONTI Customers at Starfish Cafe come to the colorful cottage in Old Town Bay St. Louis to enjoy healthful meals and catch up with friends among the tourists who eat at the popular Main Street spot. The meals are prepared and served by students who are working toward a career in the culinary industry or wherever their job skills ...

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Ceiling tile maker to locate in Marshall County


MBJ staff Rockfon LLC announced Thursday that it will build a 130,000-square-foot plant in Marshall County to make acoustic ceiling panels, the Danish company’s first manufacturing facility in North America, and create at least 90 jobs over the next five years. The $42 million project will be built adjacent to the existing Roxul Inc. facility, which is located on more ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — The last resort for homes that won’t sell

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The Smiths home had been on the market a long time. It was a beautiful property priced right, but it just seemed that it would not sell. The Smiths were desperate. Finally, they dug a hole in the front yard, planted an item and said a prayer. Their property sold the next week. The dream of just about every seller ...

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Law firm rankings are abundant, but not created equal


By BECKY GILLETTE If you think football is competitive, try the field of law, where a lot can be at stake in legal actions that can have far-ranging economic impacts. But unlike the end of a football game when a winner is declared, it often isn’t so easy to judge the effectiveness of attorneys. But there certainly is no shortage ...

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