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JOSH MABUS – Apocalypse now: The volatile startup landscape

Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception. Carl Sagan gave us these words through the lecture series The Search for Who We Are. While this observation may seem pessimistic, we know it to be true. Two things are inevitable: death and taxes. Science estimates 99.9 percent of all species that ever existed on Earth are now extinct. That means ...

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DAVID DALLAS: For Fear of 42

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According to Hinds County Chancery Judge William Singletary, the Mississippi Legislature is off the hook when it comes to funding our K-12 schools under a formula outlined in the Mississippi Adequate Education Program (MAEP), at least for now. Former Mississippi Governor, Ronnie Musgrove, lost his case to have school districts fully funded under MAEP in order to meet mid-level academic ...

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Analysis: Mississippi flag folded at some public buildings

MISSISSIPPI FLAG

  Mississippi voters chose to keep a Confederate battle emblem on the state flag in 2001, but that election did not equate to a universal embrace of the banner. The flag has disappeared in recent years from some public buildings, particularly in majority-black areas, as local officials expressed concern that it represents division rather than unity. The Mississippi flag has ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Blanton, court make higher rates likely for MPC customers

A look at the Kemper County Coal Plant from the top. The plant will be tasked with mining lignite coal a few hundred yards away from the plant. That coal is moved through a process that will convert it to syngas. The syngas is then used to drive the energy output of the plant, and the resulting electricity is then moved into the grid.

For years, communities, businesses, and consumers in southeast Mississippi have counted on Mississippi Power Company for far more than electricity. The company has been a valued partner in economic development projects, disaster recovery (especially after Katrina), fights to save military bases, and more. Further, company leaders frequently provide effective leadership for statewide initiatives.  »» READ: Thomas Blanton’s response to this ...

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Downtown Jackson Westin plans Aug. 4 construction start

The $60 million Westin at 315 Tombigbee St. is billing itself as luxury entry in the Jackson Central Business District hotel market.

By TED CARTER The newest entry to downtown’s Jackson’s hotel market, a 204-room Westin, will break ground at 9 a.m. on Aug. 4, developer Joseph Simpson says. The $60 million hotel is planned for 315 Tombigbee St. at the site of the vacant Mississippi Valley Title building. Project funding includes $10 million in urban renewal bonds issued by the Jackson ...

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BancorpSouth’s stalled acquisitions may signal new hurdles to bank M&A nationally

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  By TED CARTER Bankers nationwide worry that regulators have significantly raised the bar for merger-and-acquisition approvals after regulatory snags caused back-to-back delays in BancorpSouth’s acquisitions of banks in Louisiana and Texas. The Wall Street Journal noted in its MoneyBeat column July 1 that while the two deals are relatively small, “the delay is notable because it may play into bankers’ ...

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White’s ‘Outcasts’ being taken to the big screen

Neil White's memoir In The Sanctuary of Outcasts is being made into a movie.

  Neil White’s memoir, “In the Sanctuary of Outcasts,” details White’s conviction for bank fraud and his incarceration at the Federal Medical Center in Carville, Louisiana, which also housed more than 100 men and women with leprosy. And now, producer Stratton Leopold of Mission: Impossible III fame has hired award-winning writer-producer-director Dax Phelan to pen an adaptation of “In the Sanctuary ...

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When are ingredients right to expand your small business.

Crab and Mushroom penne

  By LISA MONTI When Karen Kurr started selling her homemade casseroles at nearby farmers markets a decade ago, she couldn’t have imagined what she was in for. “It’s been a whirlwind,” she said. Her Oxford-based company, No Time 2 Cook, marked its tenth anniversary in March but Kurr has been too busy to celebrate, mainly filling orders for such ...

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Biloxi Beachfront restaurants standing all in a row

Shaggy’s was one of the first restaurants along a stretch of beach in East Biloxi, and recently has been joined by four other properties — Salty Oyster, Baja Beach, Beach Bums and The Reef . Some are still under construction.

By LYNN LOFTON  In recent years, a group of restaurants has been built close together along a section of beachfront property in East Biloxi. The restaurants, built in the beach shack style made popular in Florida, stand in a row at water’s edge, leading some observers to refer to them as Restaurant Row. The moniker is not official; nor was ...

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A new concept for Mississippi: The medical resort

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By ALAN TURNER Mississippi cardiologist Dr. Zilin Wang is bringing an interesting new concept to the Mississippi health care field: the medical resort. Just what is a medical resort? Basically, it’s a process in which Dr. Wang provides cardiovascular treatment to patients who come to Mississippi from China, and some from Japan.  These patients are generally affluent business people who ...

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