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Greensboro, N.C. center a success for area but operates at a loss

By JACK WEATHERLY The Greensboro (N.C.) Aquatic Center has had an economic impact of more than $130 million since it was opened in September 2011. The facility also runs an annual operational deficit, according to Susan Braman, its director since its inception. This year, the deficit will be about $350,000 on a $1.5 million budget, she said. That’s much better ...

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Bills to abolish agency for arts may be in trouble

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal The agency that promotes, fosters and grows Mississippi’s artistic heritage would be eliminated under bills pending in the Mississippi Legislature. But late Monday, various sources indicated that bills dealing with the elimination of the agency might die today – the deadline for the bills to be passed out of committee to remain alive. “They are ...

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Study concludes state losing up to $122 million by not taxing remote sales

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Mississippi lost between $105.6 million and $122.7 million in tax revenue in 2016 by people making remote purchases, such as through catalogs or on the internet, where they did not have to pay taxes, according to a new study by the University Research Center. Of that lost revenue, between $56.4 million and $67.8 million was ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Legislators should take hard look at university admissions

USM cut out-of-state tuition by 40 percent “to reverse a 2,000-student enrollment dip by pricing a USM education below some public universities in nearby states,” reported the Clarion-Ledger.    IHL data shows the average percentage of out-of-state students attending Mississippi public universities is 30 percent. The averages for each university are ASU 24 percent, DSU 17 percent, JSU 23 percent, MSU 34 percent, MUW 15 percent, MVSU 23 percent, ...

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Family producing rice ‘a little different’ from any other

By JACK WEATHERLY Broken rice is less desirable than whole. But when it’s broken intentionally it becomes something else. Grits. That’s what the Arant family of Ruleville calls it. And now a lot of other people are buying into grits as something other than corn. The fourth-generation farm has made a specialty out of it, which is catching on. And gaining praise is ...

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District at Eastover adds restaurants, retail tenants

By JACK WEATHERLY In addition to Cantina Laredo, three more retailers have been added to the list of the first retail and restaurant tenants at the District at Eastover in Jackson. Joining the gourmet Mexican restaurant will be Freshii, a purveyor of organic food specializing in wraps, with meat, if you like. John Newcomb’s second Freshii franchise comes after one ...

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JOSH MABUS — Introspection is dangerously underrated

Artists, especially of the literary ilk, are often accused of focusing too much on the inner world. Franz Kafka famously said, “Writing is utter solitude, the descent into the cold abyss of oneself.” Futurist dystopian novelist Philip K. Dick said, “The problem with introspection is that it has no end.” Introspection is the mental addiction of the artist, but for ...

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TODD SMITH — Local news vows to fight fake news

A large group of local media outlets is taking an aggressive stance against so-called fake news. The Local Media Consortium (LMC), a partnership that includes dozens of newspapers and more than 1,600 media outlets, has released a “manifesto” deeming fake news as “digital propaganda” and pledged to educate readers in an effort to combat its spread. Fake news stories crescendoed ...

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Methodist Rehab expands to enhance spinal injury care

By SUSAN CHRISTENSEN During his first tour of Methodist Rehabilitation Center, Dr. Keith Tansey remembers being taken aback by the hospital’s research capabilities. “I visited in 2011 because I knew Dr. Dobrivoje Stokic (MRC’s administrative director of research), and I was curious what he was up to,” said Dr. Tansey, then a spinal cord injury researcher at Emory University, the ...

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