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BILL CRAWFORD: Casinos may get sports betting on the sly

Speaking of doofuses, did you see Geoff Pender’s column entitled “Did legislative leadership really fall for sports-betting rope-a-dope?” Or the earlier Mississippi Today story entitled “Lawmakers: Didn’t think law would legalize sports betting?” Lots of legislators are saying they didn’t know the bill they passed this year to tax fantasy sports betting may open the door for Mississippi casinos to ...

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Economic report adds fuel to Nissan union vote fire

  By Jack Weatherly An updated study showing the major impact of the automotive industry on Mississippi’s economy was released Thursday as an election approaches at the Nissan plant in Canton in which the workers will decide whether to unionize. Participants in the press conference at the Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership in Jackson voiced support for workers’ right to vote ...

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Natchez a winner in tri- and bi-centennial roulette

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Natchez’ 300th birthday last year was big for the antebellum tourist destination on the Mississippi. Next year, the city of 15,000 is counting on a fair number of travelers making their way to New Orleans for its tricentennial celebration. “We have three historic communities in the Deep South that are two years apart on their 300th ...

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Noted chef, partners buy Parlor Market, place a bet on Jackson’s downtown

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Restaurateur Derek Emerson has made an industry name for himself – reaching the semifinals of the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chefs of the South four times. He’s done that from his base in Fondren and Ridgeland. Now he’s betting on downtown Jackson. He and his wife, Jennifer Emerson, are now two of six owners of the ...

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New center lands Hobby Lobby, Academy Sports

Work has begun on a $21 million shopping center called Crawford Farms in Madison. Hobby Lobby and Academy Sports will be in the first phase of the 38-acre development at the intersection of Highway 463 and Welch Farms Road, east of Interstate 55. Those two stores will make up 120,000 square feet. “Preleasing for the second phase is underway and ...

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PHIL HARDWICK: Business success is about what the market wants

You’ve heard it before. Find what you are passionate about and open your own business. Don’t just work at a job. The problem with that message is twofold: (1) what you’re passionate about might not be what you’re good at and (2) what you want might not be what the market wants. Television commercials toss these messages at us regularly, ...

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