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The most-recent of three hotels announced for the Fondren District in Jackson is in first place in development

By JACK WEATHERLY The most-recent of three hotels announced for the Fondren District in Jackson is in first place in development. Steel has risen on the Homewood Suites project site by the Ridgeland-based Heritage Hospitality Group, while two other projects announced two years earlier have yet to break ground, though spokesmen for both said about a year ago that dirt ...

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Early results from Delta water conservation project said positive

By JACK WEATHERLY Preliminary results from a water conservation experiment in the Mississippi Delta are encouraging, according to partners in the field trial. A collaboration by PrecisionKing, C Spire and the JF Phillips Farm shows water usage already has been reduced by up to 53 percent for corn fields and from 50 to 65 percent for soybean plots since the ...

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The light is always on at LawyerSmack

» Messaging platform gives lawyers a place of their own By TED CARTER Most lawyers aren’t comfortable discussing their work in public. But that changes when they click on a place exclusively for them, LawyerSmack.com. “It’s their water cooler,” says Keith Lee, a Birmingham lawyer and self-confessed tech geek who created the messaging platform two years ago from non-proprietary software ...

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Document sifting gets welcome assist from e-discovery tools

By TED CARTER Lawyers deciding whether to take a case must figure-in discovery costs and the time and money expected to be spent on analyzing documents and other data. Fortunately for lawyers and the people and businesses that hire them, the arrival of the cloud and digital-discovery tools have made those costs much more manageable. Time spent immersed in documents ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Good policies without adequate funding won’t close skills gap

BILL CRAWFORD Years before Fox News and Rush Limbaugh, conservatives would regularly tune in to hear Paul Harvey on the radio. Admired for his unique voice and storytelling talent, Harvey broadcast his conservative messages for over three decades. He was particularly known for revealing to his audiences “the rest of the story.” During the remainder of this year’s national political ...

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Meridian hotel third to get tourism tax rebate

By JACK WEATHERLY A third hotel will be built thanks significantly to the Mississippi Tourism Incentive program. The state law that created the program will provide up to 30 percent of the more than $23 million conversion of the 16-story 1929 art deco Threefoot Building in downtown Meridian. That would mean $6.9 million toward eligible costs, according to the certificate ...

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Convenience stores expect boost from Mississippi lottery

By TED CARTER Mississippi’s convenience store operators have heard the cautions that some of the money customers previously spent on dish soap, soda and bread will be diverted to lottery tickets. But the prospect of making a nickel or more on each one-dollar ticket has the retailers saying, “Bring it on.” Philip Chamblee, head of the Mississippi Petroleum Marketers and ...

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New-style Krystal model debuts in south Jackson

By JACK WEATHERLY Krystal opened its first cafe that specialized in the tiny, square hamburgers during the Great Depression. The first customer in the original stand in Chattanooga in 1932 ordered six hamburgers and a cup of coffee for a total of 35 cents, according to the company. The company did not respond to a request for a breakdown on ...

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