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

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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How 5 Gulf Coast states will divide BP oil spill settlement

NEW ORLEANS — Most of the $18.7 billion proposed settlement that BP reached over its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill would go to five Gulf Coast states, if the deal is approved by a judge. A portion of the settlement is not assigned to any particular state. Here’s how the state-specific money breaks down, with payments to states being ...

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State mulling options on extending benefits to same-sex spouses

By TED CARTER Same-sex couples are tying the knot across Mississippi but the state has not yet decided how – or whether – it will extend worker benefits to the same-sex spouses of state employees. The Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration is trying to get a fix on the state’s obligations in the wake of last week’s ruling by ...

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AARON EDWARDS — Business sales strategy 101: The basics

Y ou’ve spent years growing and developing your business and are now considering a recapitalization or exit strategy. Do you sell a portion of your business to a private equity group in order to take advantage of growth and other business/personal opportunities?  Do you sell the entire business to a management team or strategic buyer as part of your overall ...

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Drop in casino revenue means tax hike likely by levee board

CLARKSDALE — The Yazoo Mississippi Delta Levee Board has scheduled a public meeting July 9 on a proposed tax increase. Since 1996, levee board has not raised taxes. The Clarkdale Press Register reports that’s likely to change. The levee board — which is tasked with maintaining the levee system in 12 counties — got its revenue from casino rentals. The ...

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Jackson County voters to consider 2 percent tourism tax

PASCAGOULA — Jackson County voters will decide Tuesday whether to levy a 2 percent tax on hotel stays to pay the local share to support the work of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. The tri-county tourism group — encompassing Harrison, Hancock and Jackson counties — was created to promote the whole Gulf Coast. The Sun Herald ...

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Report: Mississippi’s economy was in recession in 2013 and 2014

Associated Press  Tepid growth in jobs, income and certain taxes had suggested Mississippi’s economy wasn’t growing very fast in recent years. But new figures released Wednesday by the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis show the state’s economy was actually in recession in 2013 and 2014. The numbers show Mississippi’s economy shrank by 1.2 percent in 2014, the only state besides ...

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