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South Mississippi police: Texting drivers beware

BILOXI — South Mississippi law enforcement officials say they will be ready to enforce the new law that bans motorists from texting while driving. “All you’ve got to do is stand on a corner watching traffic or watching others while you drive, and you can see so many people with their hands on their phone, trying to get a text ...

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Rules for fracking on federal lands issued

Staff and wire reports The Obama administration said Friday it is requiring companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands to disclose chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations, a drilling technique that has sparked an ongoing boom in natural gas production across the country. A rule to take effect in June also updates requirements for well construction ...

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ALAN TURNER: Egburt and the ‘Internet of Things’

In a recent meeting with Ravi Raju, Chief Marketing Officer at Camgian Microsystems out of Starkville, we were introduced to Egburt and the Internet of Things. Just what IS the Internet of Things? we asked. “Well, it’s really the next generation of the Internet,” he explained. He suggested that in certain ways, “the Internet has gone from people sitting at ...

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Where ideas come to grow: Innovate Mississippi's Startup Weekend is March 27-29

Entrepreneurs and others with a great idea waiting to happen can pitcher their creations and receive assessments from their peers at the next Start’s Startup Weekend. The Mississippi College School of Law in downtown Jackson will host an Innovate Mississippi Startup Weekend from 8 a.m. March 27 to 5 p.m. March 29. The weekend event offers an intense 54 hours ...

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TODD SMITH'S SPIN CYCLE — Local news still drives audience in a digital age

Whether in a tech-savvy metropolis or a city where the town square is still the communication hub, local news matters deeply to the lives of residents. Across three disparate metro areas in the U.S., nearly nine-in-ten residents follow local news closely – and about half do so very closely, according to a new, in-depth Pew Research Center study, conducted in ...

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Hammer comes down on predatory robocallers (kind of, sort of)

Here’s something for the “Don’t-Spend-it-All –in-One-Place” file. The unscrupulous folks behind those annoying robocalls you’ve been getting have agreed to settle with the State of Mississippi for about the price of a compact automobile. The offenders, including serial annoyer Caribbean Cruise Line,  admit to violating the state’s No-Call Law but together will pay a fine of $22,136. Oh, forgot.  There’s ...

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Report: Florida bans 'climate change' from use by state agencies

Add “climate change” and “global warming” to terms that can get Florida government officials into hot water, the Miami Herald reports. At least that’s what former officials of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection say Gov. Rick Scott has set as official state policy. Scott, in an interview with the Miami Herald late Monday afternoon, denied he has forbidden use ...

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Fed's Beige Book shows sustained rise in economic activity

Reports from the 12 Federal Reserve Districts indicate that economic activity continued to expand across most regions and sectors from early January through mid-February. Central and South Mississippi are part of the Fed’s Atlanta District while North Mississippi is in the St. Louis District. The Beige Book, last published on Jan., details economic assessments from the various districts. The new ...

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(UPDATE) Judge rules on Google request on attorney general inquiry

JACKSON — Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s attempt to investigate Google is on hold for at least four more months. U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate on Monday granted Google’s request for a preliminary injunction. The order prevents Hood from going through with a subpoena meant to examine whether Google is facilitating others’ illegal activities on its sites. The Internet ...

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Phishing scam targets Apple users

A classic scam is now targeting Apple users, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today. The very common “phishing” scam is constantly being revised by con artists to target a larger pool of potential victims.  Currently, scammers are using emails to target Apple users by falsely claiming that your Apple ID, iCloud or iTunes account has been comprised.    You are then ...

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