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Economic Education board elects Mosley to be chairman

Brooks Mosley The Mississippi Council on Economic Education Board of Directors recently elected Brooks Mosley as chairman of the board for the 2018-19 term. Brooks is the president of Ballew Wealth Management. As preseident of Ballew Wealth Management, he advises clients, particularly in retirement investing. Brooks’ other responsibilities include business development and compliance, as well as administrative and management functions. ...

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MSU’s Coble elected to AAEA leadership

Keith Coble from Mississippi State University has been named the incoming President-Elect for the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association’s (AAEA) Executive Board. Coble says: “We have both challenges and opportunities ahead of us. By working together [with the other board members], we can advance AAEA.” Joining the Board of the Directors this year are Marc Bellemare from the University of ...

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MCEE adds to its Board of Directors

The Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MCEE), which provides professional development for K-12 teachers and programming for K-12 students in economics, personal finance and entrepreneurship, has added to its 45-seat board of directors. Beginning three-year terms are: John Boydston, VP Commerical Banking, Regions Bank; Brad Davis, Special Counsel, Jones Walker; Rachel De Vaughan, Director of Special Programs, MS Community College ...

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National forests brace for next pine beetle onslaught

By JACK WEATHERLY Early signs are that national forests in Mississippi will face a second consecutive year of a severe Southern pine beetle outbreak, threatening to damage tens of thousands of acres, according to the National Forest Service. The national forests were hit harder last year than private stands. Approximately 23,000 acres were affected in the national forests, according to ...

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Manufacturing pushes state’s economy for February

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com The Mississippi Manufacturing Employment Index surged in February by 6.4 percent over January – the largest monthly increase in nearly a quarter century, according to the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning’s University Research Center. That was 2.6 percent higher than a year earlier, according to the report. “The average weekly hours of work of production employees ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Trumponomics may push national debt interest costs higher than Social Security and Medicare

Basic math and what the Wall Street Journal calls “Trumponomics” are headed for a brutal collision.   Here’s why.   The national debt is $20.6 trillion and rising. With rates low, annual debt interest costs averaged about $250 billion from 2011 through 2016. As the economy improved, interest rates slowly ticked up. But, now they are expected to surge as ...

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Mississippi economy ‘relatively solid’ in November, report says

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com The Mississippi economy was “relatively solid” in November, according to the University Research Center. Its Leading Index – composed of six parts, including national figures — was 3.4 percent higher than the year-earlier month. Income tax withholding grew for the second consecutive month for the first time since February, indicating an expanding payroll, according to the ...

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JIM McHALE — How we can help you elevate Mississippians to a higher degree

When I moved to Mississippi from Michigan less than two years ago, I was delighted by the warm reception I received from so many. I was welcomed mightily. Thank you to the funding community, including-foundations like the CREATE Foundation and Phil Hardin Foundation, to companies like Ingalls Shipbuilding, Entergy Mississippi, and the University of Mississippi Medical Center, for also welcoming ...

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Southern pine beetles threaten swaths of timberland

  By JACK WEATHERLY A “severe outbreak” of Southern pine beetles threatens tens of thousands of acres of the trees that are  a major part of the Mississippi economy. U.S. Forest Service entomologist Jim Meeker said in a release that “this outbreak is unprecedented in scope with beetle activity progressing at breakneck speed with infestations rapidly escalating in size, coalescing ...

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