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Historic Emmett Till marker in Mississippi to be rededicated

A historic marker describing the lynching of Emmett Till is being rededicated. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that speakers will include Till’s cousin Wheeler Parker, now 79. Parker was an eyewitness to Till’s 1955 abduction. The sign defaced last year stands near the spot where the 14-year-old was accused of whistling at a white shopkeeper, whose husband and another man allegedly beat and mutilated ...

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Governor tabs prosecutor in Mississippi congressional runoff

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is endorsing a prosecutor in a Republican congressional runoff. Michael Guest of Brandon, who won 45 percent of the vote in a six-person field on June 6, announced Bryant’s endorsement Wednesday. The 48-year-old district attorney for Rankin and Madison counties faces Madison Republican Whit Hughes in a runoff Tuesday. Hughes won 22 percent of the vote. ...

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Transformation of Northpark Mall aims for November completion

By JACK WEATHERLY A multimillion recasting of Northpark Mall is underway as it aims for a mid-November “grand opening,” according to general manager Kasey Dickson. Work began in early March after El Segundo, Calif.-based Pacific Retail Capital Partners bought for an undisclosed amount the 958,000-square-foot mall in September 2016 from Simon Property Group of Indianapolis, which opened the center in ...

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UPDATE: Soybean prices fall as Chinese tariff approaches

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi farmers are waiting to see how the futures market plays out as China’s threat to place a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans on July 6 approaches. It appears to be like watching a pickup plunge off a bridge in slow motion for the farmers. Since May 25, a contract for November delivery of soybeans is ...

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First eClosings in Mississippi touted as a wave of the future

By BECKY GILLETTE While buying new property can be an exhilarating experience that may come after years of saving and dreaming, the closing process of shuffling and signing dozens of papers with leagues of fine print can be time consuming and annoying. Courtney Robbins, attorney with Luckett Land Title, said her company has championed the idea of making real estate ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — Slam dunk beach read from the U.S. Supreme Court

Just in time for that summer trip, the U.S. Supreme Court has released a jackpot beach read: Murphy v NCAA. Justice Samuel Alito – a wannabe baseball commissioner who once suited up at a Phillies Phantasy Camp – lays the cards on the table and upends the long-time federal ban on sports betting. This 49-page page-turner has it all –sports, ...

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TODD SMITH — The state of digital news with consumers

We live in a digital news world folks.  Which is no surprise! A recent study by the Pew Research Center on the state of the news media reveals that more than nine-in-10 adults (93 percent) in the U.S. get at least some news via online, mobile or desktop. And, the online space has become a host for the digital homes ...

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Gulf Coast seeing positive movement regarding hurricane insurance rates

By BECKY GILLETTE For many years after Hurricane Katrina, the high cost of insurance was a drag on the Mississippi Gulf Coast home sales market. The summer of 2017 was tough for hurricanes, even though only one hit Mississippi. Category one Hurricane Nate caused some water damage, but no lives were lost. But despite this past year’s active hurricane season, ...

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INSURANCE — Preparations important for home owners and businesses

By BECKY GILLETTE Hurricane season started June 1 and wherever you live in the coastal area, it is important to have a plan, said Earl Ethridge, director of emergency services for Jackson County. Plan where you will go in the event of a hurricane, and what you need to take especially medicine, cash and insurance information. “We don’t recommend anybody ...

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Where are the millennials of insurance? Ole Miss teams with industry executives to replenish ranks as boomers retire

By TED CARTER The prospect of calamities has kept insurance executives from sleeping easy since way back in the 1300s when enterprising Genoans began insuring ships and cargo. Nowadays, insurance execs are trying to head off a modern-day calamity of not having new blood to carry the industry forward as baby boomers retire from the field in droves. Their efforts ...

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