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HU MEENA — AT&T desperate to hold on to monopoly as C Spire wins state technology bid

The Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services (ITS) selected Mississippi’s own C Spire as its partner to procure communication and data services for its state agencies, schools, libraries and other state entities.  The eight-year contract awarded services to C Spire in five categories, including voice and data, and C Spire stands ready to deliver on DAY ONE. The partnership marks ...

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MAYO FLYNT: MBJ opinion wrong on ITS bid

We are disappointed that the Mississippi Business Journal did not provide us the courtesy of hearing our point of view before taking a position against us in its recent Our View editorial. On behalf of the thousands of employees who are working each and every day to keep Mississippi’s businesses and residents connected, and on behalf of the more than ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Hyde-Smith as Senator Serendipitous as Trade War Looms

Serendipity is a word with an unusual history. It derives from an Italian translation of a 14th Century Persian fairy tale. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, serendipity was coined by English author Horace Walpole who had stumbled upon a “fairy tale called ‘The Three Princes of Serendip.'” Walpole said the three princes “were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — The grump may have to rethink his view of women’s basketball

I don’t care to watch certain women’s sports, even at the top level. Tennis, yes. Beach volleyball, okay. Snow skiing, not bad.  Gymnastics, once every four years is enough. Softball, no. Golf, if I can’t get out of watching it. Basketball. Nuh-uh. I’ve been known to say, in select company, (meaning not around women) that it’s inferior, compared with men’s basketball. ...

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TODD SMITH — How to get audiences to engage with your brand

Audiences love to hear, watch and share stories with those who matter most to them. The Story feature on Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook and even Google encourages users to share their choices and experiences more frequently than ever. Rather than interrupt those stories with ads, your brand can become the topic of these stories – if you advance an experience worth ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Will Trump’s strongman example become U.S. norm?

Dictators rule. In the U.S., presidents are supposed to govern. The differences between ruling and governing are stark, e.g., Russia’s Vladimir Putin rules, Germany’s Angela Merkel governs.   Unlike Ronald Reagan, our current president just doesn’t get it. President Donald Trump tends to praise the Putins and disdain the Merkels.   “President Donald Trump’s affinity for authoritarian leaders across the ...

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Analysis: Mississippi lawmakers leave big issues unresolved

Leaders of the Republican-dominated Mississippi Legislature put only a few big items on their to-do list for 2018, and two of the biggest — education and transportation— remained unresolved when the nearly three-month session was gaveled to a close Wednesday. The House and Senate completed two must-do items: They wrote a $6.1 billion state budget for the year that begins ...

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TODD SMITH — Facebook finally responded to Cambridge Analytica crisis

The media, communications pros, lawmakers and investors – along with the rest of the world – continuously asked: where is Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in the wake of the spiraling Cambridge Analytica private data crisis. Zuckerberg and Facebook faced significant media criticism for not addressing reports that Cambridge Analytica obtained the private data of tens of millions of the platform’s ...

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Analysis: Conservatives eye constitution to cut spending

Some Mississippi lawmakers are again seeking constitutional changes to balance the federal budget and limit federal government power. The House last week voted for a resolution calling for a convention of the states to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution, passing the resolution and sending it on to the Senate on a 76-42 vote. This may sound familiar to Magnolia ...

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