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SPECIAL REPORT: Rising sea levels pose business challenges for the Mississippi Gulf Coast

By BECKY GILLETTE Sea levels around the world are rising at greater rates that were initially predicted. What does that mean for coastal areas like the Gulf Coast? Rising sea levels make the Gulf Coast more vulnerable to storm surge associated with hurricanes, said Dr. Torbjorn Tornqvist, chairman of the Tulane University Department of Earth and Environmental Science, who has ...

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Donald Clark Jr. re-elected chairman of Butler Snow

Butler Snow has announced the re-election of Donald Clark Jr. to serve as chairman of the firm until January, 2020. Clark has served in the role since 2006. During this period, Butler Snow has grown from 3 offices and 140 attorneys to 24 offices and more than 330 attorneys. Clark’s collaborative, teamwork first style compliments a unique culture at the firm. He ...

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Ocean Springs growing with two new developments

By ALEXIS WILLIAMS Ocean Springs is poised for two new developments, both located on Highway 90, which will bring more jobs, more housing options and more retail to the Gulf Coast city. In east Ocean Springs, Tractor Supply Co. is currently under construction and plans to open in August.  A nationally known brand, Tractor Supply Co. is the largest operator of ...

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Cloud accounting software not expected to replace CPAs

By BECKY GILLETTE Is cloud accounting software going to put a big hurt on CPAs and accountants? There are some predictions that by the end of 2017, more than 90 percent of small and medium-sized businesses will be using cloud accounting software. It’s convenient, it’s inexpensive and user-friendly. But Dr. Shawn Mauldin, CPA, director of the Mississippi State University Adkerson ...

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Parental leave for moms AND dads

By NASH NUNNERY Wendy Huff Ellard was ecstatic the day she informed her husband she was pregnant with their first child. But Ellard’s joy soon turned to worry. Now a shareholder with Baker Donelson, Ellard was a rising star with one of the South’s most powerful law firms in the fall of 2014. Her unique and complex practice, which includes ...

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TODD SMITH — Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook most valuable brands

Technology giants Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook have been named the Top 5 companies in the 2017 Brandz top 100 most valuable global brands ranking, carried out by WPP and Kantar Millward Brown. Now in its 12th year, the study combines measures of brand equity, based on interviews with more than 3 million consumers about thousands of global brands, ...

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Settlement shuts down payday lender, cuts fine nearly in half

By TED CARTER All American Check Cashing owner Michael Gray has settled with state banking regulators after years of failed legal appeals over charges his dozens of payday lending stores used illegal loan rollovers to trap borrowers in a cycle of debt. In exchange for Gray dropping further appeals of a license revocation order and civil penalties from the Mississippi ...

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BILL CRAWFORD – Voters sovereign except when they aren’t

Strong words from Governor Phil Bryant in his state-of-the-state address back in January: To the taxpayers who hear this message, rest assured your governor recognizes that you are sovereign. You, by the power of your vote, grant us the authority to govern. The Mississippi Constitution makes clear that, ‘All power is vested in and derived from the people.'” Hmmm. In ...

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Primos to open third restaurant, this one in Madison

  By JACK WEATHERLY Angelo K. “Pop” Primos emigrated from Greece and opened a restaurant at 236 Capitol St. in 1930. The restaurant operated there till 2002. Primos Northgate opened in 1964 and stayed open for the next 37 years, said Don Primos, owner and a grandson of the founder. During the years, several family restaurants have operated simultaneously. Subsequently, two ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — A cocktail party guide to Constitutional Law

Let’s face it. The last time you studied constitutional law, marriage probably involved opposite genders. With the Donald in office and Anderson Cooper fulminating, we could all use a refresher on Con Law if for no other reason than to impugn the media’s talking heads and occasionally float a zinger at a cocktail party. The Backdrop.   The perfervid Declaration ...

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