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Mississippi manufacturer betting on a weaker dollar

By JACK WEATHERLY Wayne Wade has concerns about continuing to do business in Vietnam. But it’s not because President Donald Trump “vetoed” America’s participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact. It’s the strong U.S. dollar, said Wade, president of Bio-Soil Enhancers Inc. of Hattiesburg. Vietnam is the company’s biggest customer. The Southeast Asian country would be one of the ...

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WESLEY McGREW — Exposing the skill gap in information security

Imagine if your business’ attorneys and CPAs had only a week of training in their profession. At the end of that week, they were given the opportunity to take a multiple choice test (for which their training acted as a “cram” session). Like an unqualified lawyer or accountant, an inexperienced, poorly trained, or careless information security professional could cause immeasurable ...

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TODD SMITH — How Super Bowl ads influence purchasing

Finding out which Super Bowl advertisers become the brand to remember were a big part of the fun surrounding the Big Game last Sunday. But do the expensive spots – 5 million for a 30-second ad – leave a lasting impression on consumers and ultimately convince them to buy products? Adweek commissioned Survata to survey 502 consumers ages 18 to ...

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State MBA programs on the rise nationally

By BECKY GILLETTE The Masters of Business Administration  degree program at the University of Mississippi School of Business Administration continues to gain national recognition, most recently ranking 36th among America’s public universities in the Bloomberg Business Week News Service annual rankings of MBA programs in the U.S. This was the third year Ole Miss went up in BBW rankings. Ken ...

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Swim expert: Don’t drown in debt

USA Swimming official cautions Ridgeland to keep pool plan within budget By JACK WEATHERLY Economic impact is one thing. Paying the bills is another. That’s the advice for those proposing to build and operate a 88,000-square-foot facility to be called the Mississippi Aquatic Center in Ridgeland. Mick Nelson, facilities development director for USA Swimming, which governs the sport, offers guidance ...

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Mississippi considers firing squad as method of execution

Mississippi lawmakers are advancing a proposal to add firing squad, electrocution and gas chamber as execution methods in case a court blocks the use of lethal injection drugs. Republican Rep. Andy Gipson says House Bill 638 is a response to lawsuits by “liberal, left-wing radicals.” The bill passed the House amid opposition Wednesday, and moves to the Senate. Lethal injection is Mississippi’s ...

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Bryant names former justice Ann Lamar to College Board

Gov. Phil Bryant is naming recently retired Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Ann Lamar of Senatobia to the College Board. The 64-year-old Lamar replaces Karen Cummins, a trustee who died from cancer in January, representing the northern third of the state. Senators must confirm Lamar’s nomination to 12-member board, which oversees Mississippi’s eight public universities. She would serve the remainder of ...

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Political risks weigh on global markets ahead of oil data

A raft of political risks kept a lid on global stock markets on Wednesday, a day after the Dow Jones industrial average struck a new milestone. KEEPING SCORE: In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was down 0.1 percent at 7,176 while Germany’s DAX fell 0.1 percent to 11,539. The CAC 40 in France was 0.3 percent ...

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