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Hope begins credit union at Provine High School

By JULIA MILLER Hope Federal Credit Union is working toward making the future brighter by providing Provine High School students with the knowledge of financial tools and services that can help them gain success. By opening the first student-run credit union branch in Jackson, it is giving business academy students the opportunity to hone what they have learned in the ...

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TODD SMITH — Trust Project aims to improve opinion of media

Can the media earn trust by being more transparent about its ethics and values? That’s the goal of The Trust Project, an initiative three years in the making that brings together news outlets such as The Washington Post, The Economist, and the Globe and Mail, as well as Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Bing, in a commitment to “provide clarity on ...

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Sexual misconduct in the workplace can have serious consequences

By BECKY GILLETTE Hardly a day passes that there are not more headlines detailing allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace. Many of those involve famous Hollywood stars or producers. It is a lot harder to complain about a producer because doing that in a tight knit community could keep them from getting other jobs with other production companies, said ...

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How to keep your accountant accountable

By JULIA MILLER For years, technology has been changing how we do everything from driving to paying our bills. Just as new websites and applications have improved our abilities to handle our personal finances, software has made some aspects of accountants’ jobs more efficient. As organizing and tracking debits and credits gets easier, accountants can turn their attention to other ...

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Trade Mart construction to start in the spring

By JACK WEATHERLY Construction of the Mississippi Trade Mart will start in the spring, with expected completion about two years later, Cindy Hyde-Smith, commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce said Tuesday. The 105,000-square-foot building will replace the 67,000-square-foot free-standing structure erected in 1975 that has become outmoded and has a leaky roof. The new mart will be attached to the east ...

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Mississippi’s trade mission to Cuba stymied by Trump orders

By JACK WEATHERLY With some exceptions, American travelers won’t be able to stay in famed writer Ernest Hemingway’s favorite Havana hotel. The Hotel Ambos Mundo is on the state Department’s restricted list issued earlier this month. One hundred and eighty government-owned businesses, including 83 hotels, are on the Cuba Restrictions List imposed on Nov. 9. What do the hotel restrictions have to do ...

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Legal Mississippi-made bourbon becomes a reality

By JACK WEATHERLY Soon, bourbon fans will be able to sip the first whiskey made legally in Mississippi since 1908. That’s when the state anticipated by some 10 years the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by banning the making and sale of alcohol in the Magnolia State. But Mississippi jumped on the prohibition band wagon. It was the first state to ratify the ...

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TODD SMITH — Holiday retail sales forecast brisk, fueled by online shopping surge

Based on consumer spending reports from the National Retail Federation, products in the General Merchandise category, including gift cards, clothing, books and media are the items that top most consumers’ wish lists this holiday season. Sales are expected to increase by 3.4 percent with online shopping becoming the most popular consumer experience for the first time in survey history. Global ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Stark health needs get little attention from state leaders

Have Mississippi leaders become so accustomed to bottom national rankings that they don’t care anymore?   Take health rankings for example. Mississippi has ranked among the bottom three since 1990. You know it’s bad when the Mississippi State Department of Health posts on its web site, “Mississippi ranks last, or close to last, in almost every leading health outcome.”   ...

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Mississippi company signs deal to provide power poles to Puerto Rico

By JACK WEATHERLY The Thomasson Co. of Philadelphia has signed a contract to provide 1,000 utility poles to the Puerto Rican national utility. The U.S. territory in the Caribbean was ravaged by Hurricane Maria in September and its power company is running at about half capacity. Brent Gray, president of Thomasson, said the $1 million contact is for 55-foot wooden ...

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