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READY TO ORDER LIONFISH TACO? Hunting, eating the fish may be best way to control the invasive species

The bizarre-looking lionfish is native to the Indo-Pacific and may have entered U.S. waters as the result of dumping by aquarium owners.

By LISA MONTI If there was a contest to crown the most menacing among all the aquatic invasive species, the lionfish from Indo-Pacific waters surely would reign. In the appearance category, the lionfish is strikingly exotic, with lots of moving parts and dramatic curves. Beyond its looks, the fish has dangerous attributes. Venomous quills help keep captors and predators away. Its ...

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Venyu starting work on data center, UMMC telehealth headquarters

The Venyu Technology Center will include Venyu’s data storage operation and a separate building for UMMC’s Center for Telehealth headquarters.

By TED CARTER A little more than a year after announcing plans for a Jackson data center, Baton Rogue’s Venyu Solutions is set to begin converting the former McRae’s Department Store on Meadowbrook Road into the technology company’s fourth data storage and cloud-based data center. “We plan to open about this time next year,” Tommy Curb, executive vice president of business ...

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CFPB to lift curbs on small banks’ non-conventional mortgage lending


By TED CARTER The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has backed off enacting new mortgage rules that would make nonstandard home loans, including balloons, legally risky for small lenders in rural and under-served areas. The action comes as a relief for credit unions and small community banks in rural and small-town markets that had worried they would lose legal protections for ...

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Cost of converting warehouse for Jackson solar plant $550,000

This 80,000-square-foot warehouse in west Jackson will soon be the home of Seraphim Solar Manufacturing USA's plant.

By JACK WEATHERLY  The estimated cost of  converting an 80,000-square-foot building at 3111 Lawson St. in west Jackson  into a  solar manufacturing plant will be about $550,000, according to the permit issued by the city of Jackson. The permit was issued on July 20, less than two weeks after the city announced that it would “partner” with Seraphim Solar Manufacturing ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — Doing business with the Government

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  The Founding Fathers would be dumbfounded if they could see our gigantesque government structure. This behemoth annually spends in excess of $6 trillion protecting, regulating, arbitrating, purchasing, managing, lending, insuring, competing, and, more recently, joining public–private partnerships. One of every six full-time U.S. workers is a local, state or federal governmental employee.  Inevitably, doing business will involve contact with ...

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MARK BLACKWELL — Business succession planning cannot wait


According to a Wells Fargo/Gallup survey of small-business owners, they work an average of 52 hours each week, over 30 percent more than a full-time employee.  More than half of these entrepreneurs have gone without a paycheck at some point to keep their company’s doors open.  They make these sacrifices because they know that a great idea, a strong business ...

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Financial literacy and the third grade reading gate

Della Archie, ARM JSU Regional Coordinator, provided instruction to over 20 AmeriCorps MS members at Jackson State University, who then used their newfound knowledge to tutor elementary school students on their reading skills.

During the 2014/2015 school year, the Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE) partnered with America Reads – Mississippi (ARM) to deliver a program called Never Too Young: Personal Finance for Young Learners (NTY) to elementary school students in Mississippi.   This partnership arose from a networking event where I met Ronjanett Taylor, State Program Director of ARM and funding received ...

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Hertz continues shopping spree with purchase of Jackson’s City Centre

Hertz Investment Group, downtown Jackson’s dominant landlord, has added to its Central Business District holdings with a $6.2 million acquisition of the two-tower City Centre and its parking garage at 200 Lamar St. The south tower is 12 floors and the north tower 10 floors. Together, they cover 266,700 square feet and are served by a 518-space structured parking deck. ...

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Repayment demands in Neshoba overtime pay scheme exceed $1 million

Former Neshoba County Administrator Benjie Coats is the latest fired Neshoba official the Mississippi’s State Auditor’s Office has ordered to repay money relating to hundreds of thousands of dollars paid out in an alleged overtime pay scheme. Coats and three other former county officials have been indicted in what prosecutors say was a scheme to bill the county for more ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Barbour’s book tells of Mississippi’s finest hour

Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour talks about his book, “America’s Great Storm,” at a recent reading and signing.

The Flood of 1927 was the most widespread and disruptive natural event to happen to Mississippi in recorded history. The flood, which also inundated Arkansas and Louisiana along the Mississippi, has spawned many a book and many a tale. Now Mississippi has Hurricane Katrina as its greatest state tragedy, and its finest triumph, as Haley Barbour tells it in his ...

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