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Fair Housing Act’s 50th anniversary to be observed

By MBJ STAFF To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, three local professional real estate organizations, Central Mississippi REALTORS, the Women’s Council of REALTORS, and the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) will offer an educational event on July 25 for real estate professionals in the Jackson metro area. The event is titled “Fair Housing: Myth ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — What this country really needs

What this nation needs is a national pastime. For starters, put down your cellphone. I don’t know about the nation, but the Bulldogs are saving some of us from ourselves. The Mississippi State baseball team has reached the College World Series as probably the most unlikely squad in the final eight. And in doing so, the ‘Dogs have reawakened something ...

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TODD SMITH — Nearly 70 percent of Americans have news fatigue

In the midst of a fast-paced, multi-tasking digital world of 24/7 news cycles – and a constantly swirling sea of information on demand – it’s no surprise that a large majority across the nation are feeling overwhelmed by news. That’s according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted from Feb. 22 to March 4, and the sentiment is more common ...

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Artificial intelligence a game changer for the practice of law

By BECKY GILLETTE Artificial intelligence (AI) is being adopted by law firms for many different functions that can help lawyers do a better job at a lower cost, said William Painter, chief innovation officer and shareholder with Baker Donelson’s Jackson office. “These important tools allow us to be more efficient in what we do and give us additional insights into ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Will negative issues make election run-offs interesting? 

Low turnout Democratic and Republican primaries last week yielded two surprises. Political novice Howard Sherman was the surprise leader in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. Described by the Clarion-Ledger as the “Los Angeles-native venture capitalist and husband of Emmy Award-winning actress Sela Ward of Meridian,” Sherman will face Mississippi native Baria of Bay St. Louis in the June 26th run-off. ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Regulatory burden reduction legislation poised to become law

Bank regulatory relief legislation appears poised to be enacted. The U.S. Senate passed S.2155 with substantial bipartisan support and sent the Bill to the House of Representatives for consideration. While S.2155 contains several significant regulatory burden reduction provisions, many in the House of Representatives wanted additional burden reduction measures added. The Senate was clear that any attempts to expand on ...

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EPA chief defends agency approach

By JACK WEATHERLY After withholding the name of the keynote speaker for the Delta Council’s annual meeting last Friday, the group’s president revealed the day before that Environmental Protection Agency Director Scott Pruitt was to be the speaker. The council initially said that it was going to honor the White House request to keep the speaker’s identity secret. But the ...

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Hattiesburg Clinic starts work on facilities  

By JACK WEATHERLY The Hattiesburg Clinic broke ground Wednesday for two facilities at its Tatum Park campus, located off Veterans Memorial Highway, Highway 11, in Hattiesburg. One is a two-story, 57,221-square-foot orthopedics and sports medicine building that will house clinical practice space for 14 orthopedic providers, a 9,000-square-foot physical therapy suite, community conference center and an imaging suite. The facility ...

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UA Northpark 14 building to go on auction block

By JACK WEATHERLY The UA Northpark 14 movie theater in Ridgeland will go on the auction block June 28. Regal Entertainment Group notified the movie house’s owner, United Development Co. Global in early 2016 that it was not renewing the lease. But it did. And as of Tuesday, Regal was still operating the theater. Now United Development wants to find ...

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Pathway reaching more people with addiction across state

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT Nearly 20 years ago Dr. Brent Boyett established a medicine and dentistry practice in rural northwest Alabama.  As years went by with countless patients Dr. Boyett realized he was in the middle of a catastrophic storm in rural South and across the nation: the opioid crisis. Boyett changed his career path from dentistry to specialize in ...

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