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KYLE WILLIAMS — Federal Court strikes down FAA’s hobby drone registration requirement

In December of 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration instituted a regulation that required hobby drone operators to register their unmanned aircraft systems with the FAA. The rule requires these operators to provide their names; physical, mailing, and email addresses; and any other information the FAA chooses to require. It also creates an online platform for registration, establishes a $5 per-individual ...

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TODD SMITH — How did news media cover Trump’s first 100 days?

A new report from Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy analyzed news coverage of President Trump’s first 100 days in office – which set a new standard for negative coverage. The report is based on an analysis of news reports in the print editions of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The ...

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Analysis: Can lawmakers ignore law? Attorney general says so

Few political observers think former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove has much chance of winning his lawsuit trying to force the Legislature to spend the full amount demanded by Mississippi’s school funding formula. It’s a heavy lift to persuade a generally conservative state Supreme Court to order lawmakers to spend hundreds of millions more. But when the attorney general’s office stands up ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Freddy Joe should not pay taxes until Donny Joe does

It’s time for Mississippi taxpayers to stand up to tax dodgers.   It’s time to revolt against the State’s unfair and discriminatory behavior in the collection of taxes on retail sales. You see, Mississippi law requires residents to pay taxes on all retail sales, except those specifically exempt. But, the State’s arbitrary and selective enforcement of tax collections provides a ...

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TODD SMITH — PR spending, staffing on rise over next 5 years

Brands plan to increase both internal staffing and overall spending on public relations over the next five years, according to a new report conducted by the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) and the USC Center for Public Relations at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Conducted this winter, the survey was designed to shed light on the public relations ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Do your employees believe in your values and purpose

Do your employees believe in your company or organization’s values? Do they hate to attend staff meetings? These two questions illustrate two issues that are getting a lot of attention these days in human resource circles. And it’s no wonder. According to the Gallup organization, only 23% of U.S. employees strongly agree that they can apply their organization’s values to their ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Are state leaders ready for big cuts in federal funds?

Topnotch finance experts assess risks and plan for downturns as diligently as they evaluate and promote upside opportunities.    Mississippi’s economy has become more reliant than ever on federal funds. Should President Donald Trump and conservative leaders succeed in their plans to slash federal spending, the risks to our state economy would be substantial, if we aren’t ready. So, do our ...

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