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Hilton Jackson service recognized

Hilton Jackson has been recognized as a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame winner. The award spotlights excellence in hospitality, given only to establishments that achieve great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor for five consecutive years. When selecting winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honorees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and ...

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Mississippi flag supporters rally outside state Capitol

Supporters attend a rally sponsored by the Magnolia State Heritage Campaign, outside the state Capitol, Monday, July 6, 2015, in Jackson, Miss. Jeppie Barbour, a brother of former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, is pushing state leaders to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON — A brother of former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is pushing state leaders to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag. Jeppie Barbour says that the emblem honors people like his ancestors who “were fighting for the freedom of the South not to get bossed around by a bunch of Yankees.” About 40 flag supporters rallied outside ...

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Southeast manufacturng rises; Mississippi’s drops

Manufacturing

MBJ staff Southeast manufacturing activity improved in June after three consecutive months of decline, according to the Southeast’s Purchasing Managers Index  report released Monday by Kennesaw State University’s Econometric Center in the Michael J. Coles College of Business. June’s Southeast PMI of 55.1 is driven up by a sharp 9.3-point increase for new orders and a 8.9-point increase for production. This month’s ...

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DAVID DALLAS: BP disaster demonstrates need for change

Deepwater Horizon

Call me crazy, but I’ve always had a soft spot for British Petroleum. One of my favorite childhood memories is having our car filled up and serviced at the old Walt’s Gulf station in the middle of downtown Cleveland, Mississippi. Mr. Walt had a young man named Charles that worked for him. Charles would let me help him fill up ...

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Regulators discuss Kemper refunds for Miss. Power 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.

  JACKSON — Regulators plan to discuss Tuesday how to obey a state Supreme Court order to refund about $350 million that Mississippi Power Co. has collected from customers to build a power plant in Kemper County. All three public service commissioners favor allowing customers to choose between refund checks or credits on future bills. Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley ...

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USM enrollment drops 1,400 in 3 years; $5.9M in budget cuts

Southern Miss

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi has seen enrollment drop nearly 9 percent since 2011, forcing campus-wide budget cuts for the coming fall. The Hattiesburg American reports that enrollment fell from nearly 16,200 in fall 2011 to less than 14,800 in fall 2014. Douglas Vinzant, vice president for finance and administration, says state appropriations used to play a bigger ...

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MARTY WISEMAN: 2016 and the ‘income inequality’ debate

column

Perhaps the thing that is evolving as the most unusual element at this early stage of the 2016 presidential race has to do with the central or dominant theme that will be debated with the greatest vigor during the coming campaign.  While such issues as which war do we leap into in the Middle East, the immigration debacle, same-sex marriage ...

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TODD SMITH: NBC’s Brian Williams begins ‘apology tour’

Taylor Swift

For the first time in four months, suspended NBC News anchor Brian Williams is meeting with groups of colleagues and apologizing for misstatements that embarrassed the news division and gave the veteran news man – and the NBC brand – a black eye. It’s already being dubbed an “apology tour.” Williams spent time with staffers of his former program, the ...

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JOSH MABUS: Shed 50 pounds using these overlooked marketing techniques; Learning from the click bait era

marketing

You Won’t Believe What These Child Actors Are Doing Now.” “Eight Things Your Doctor is Lying About.” “Make $1,000 a Week Working From Home Using Just This Trick.” “One Mom’s Trick to Staying Fit on the Go.” “What This Kid Says Will Restore Your Faith in Humanity.” We probably see 100 headlines like these everyday while scrolling down our Facebook ...

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