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Transitions ahead for EastGroup’s Speed, Hoster


By TED CARTER Leland Speed, a Jackson real estate icon who sold his first piece of raw dirt at 18 and never looked back, is stepping away from leadership of EastGroup Properties, the real estate investment trust he created nearly 40 years ago. The Jan. 1 chairmanship handoff will go to David H. Hoster II, who joined EastGroup Properties 32 years ...

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Supervisor says Byram/Clinton Parkway start is 2 months away


By TED CARTER Construction of the Byram/Clinton Parkway, an 18-mile project Mississippi’s economic development officials conceived in 1985, is expected to finally get under way in December, Hinds County Supervisor Peggy Calhoun says. Calhoun said Monday project engineers declared the first phase of slightly more than three miles ready to go, though the Army Corps of Engineers wants more time to ...

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Solar panel maker says it will start Jackson operation in November


By JACK WEATHERLY  Seraphim Solar Manufacturing USA has announced that it will conduct a trial operation of a $50 million solar-panel plant in Jackson and then begin “formal operation” in November. It made no mention in its release on Friday that Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber had announced in July that the city is “partnering’ with the Chinese company. City spokeswoman ...

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Expert challenges perceptions of downtown Jackson

Photo by Tacy Rayburn

By JACK WEATHERLY Josh McManus said at the beginning of his speech at the Team Jackson luncheon on Monday that he was prone to make controversial statements. He did not disappoint. Two examples: Detroit is misunderstood and is on the rebound. By feeding the homeless, churches in downtown Jackson create unintended consequences by giving street people reason to hang around. ...

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Merit Health’s Steve Dobbs: There’s not going to be as many doctors to take care of people (VIDEO)

Robyn Pollack, senior director of communications and CEO Steve Dobbs

It’s not difficult to make the argument that the health care industry in America has been the premier growth business of the past 50 years. Consider these simple statistics.  According to government numbers, in 1960, total health expenditures in the United States totaled approximately $27.4 billion. This represented 5 percent of the gross domestic product of the U.S. at that ...

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Proposed new federal rules would extend fiduciary laws to 401(k) rollovers


By BECKY GILLETTE Should consumer protection fiduciary laws in place for 401(k) and pension plans be extended to rollovers and IRAs? A proposed new Department of Labor regulations would require all investment advisers to put the financial interests of their clients first when providing 401(k) rollover or IRA investment advice. Supporters say the new rules would save retirement investors about ...

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OP-ED — Support for Initiative 42


We are products of Mississippi’s public schools, as are our children. We are proud of the education that we received, an education that allowed each of us to secure decent jobs and to become contributing citizens in our communities. That is exactly what we hope each child in a Mississippi school today will find … a way to fulfill whatever ...

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Cybercrimes: It is a long road between right and resolution


By BECKY GILLETTE There are potential criminal and civil liabilities for hackers who compromise trade secrets, customer names and credit card information from a business. But finding the hackers, proving the case and then also being able to collect damages is a daunting challenge. “There is potential criminal liability for the hackers, assuming that you can find them and produce ...

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