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Mixed views on post-Thanksgiving shopping

Nationwide, “encouraging” is the buzzword in economic circles. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill called early figures from the Thanksgiving shopping weekend “encouraging news” about the recovery of the U.S. economy, technically in a recession accelerated by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. A senior economic advisor for Houston-based TeleCheck, a check-validating firm for 27,000 stores, said the 2.4% jump for same-store sales ...

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Cha-Ching! Egg Bowl boosts business in Starkville

STARKVILLE — Egg Bowl 2001 is history, but the economic impact of the 100-year-old rivalry between Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi still lingers. “It’s great having the game here, especially this year because the economy has been so bad,” said Kristi Brown, executive director of the Starkville Chamber of Commerce. “It prompts a few more store owners ...

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Couple decides to ‘do what we love’

Colleen and Todd Read opened Da Beach House in Bay St. Louis after moving back to Mississippi from Hawaii. BAY ST. LOUIS — A year ago Colleen and Todd Read were living in “paradise,” Oahu, Hawaii. The beach there has been named one of the most beautiful in the world, and both had great jobs in addition to having launched ...

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