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TODD SMITH — Operate your crisis response like a newsroom

Alongside 24/7 reporting, articles published in real time require the modern newsroom to always be open. So when incidents happening across the world reach newswires and social media in mere moments, crisis teams must take action immediately. Regardless of industry, crisis and PR staff can adopt newsroom practices to achieve dynamic and timely responses to developing events that can have ...

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Analysis: Book raises questions about criminal evidence

It’s not just about Steven Hayne and Michael West. That’s one message from a new book examining the influence that Hayne, a pathologist, and West, a dentist who specialized in matching bite marks, had on Mississippi’s justice system. “The Cadaver King and The Country Dentist,” which goes on sale Tuesday, examines the work of Hayne and West, as well as ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Reeves’ BRIDGE Act would endow his governorship

Love him or hate him for it, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves stays true to his autocratic ways. He dropped his complex $1.1 billion “Building Roads, Improving Development, and Growing the Economy (BRIDGE) Act” on the Senate one day last week and passed it the next.    He also stuck in the bill provisions that would allow him expanded autocratic power ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Opportunity Funds — The new tax bill’s incentive to spur investments into certain community development projects

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, enacted Dec. 22, 2017 (the “Act”), offers new tax incentives aimed at benefiting low-income communities (“LICs”) (as defined under the new markets tax credit (“NMTC”) regulations) through the creation of Qualified Opportunity Zones (“Opportunity Zones”).  Congress believes the Opportunity Zone legislation will encourage investments that will be used to start businesses, develop abandoned ...

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JOE BABB: Political ramifications of tax reform still unknown

President Reagan signed the Tax Reform Act of 1986 on Oct. 22 of that year. The bill, which enjoyed wide bipartisan support, became law 323 days after its initial introduction in the House. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the largest tax code overhaul since 1986, was signed just 42 days after it was introduced and did not ...

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Analysis: Plan tries to slow brain drain from Mississippi

Mississippi has a bright-lights-big-city problem, with a significant numbers of college graduates earning their degrees in this mostly rural state and then departing for bigger paychecks and expanded cultural opportunities in Atlanta, Dallas, Nashville and beyond. Not everybody packs the car and heads out once they have a diploma in hand. But brain drain is common enough that some policymakers ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Trumponomics may push national debt interest costs higher than Social Security and Medicare

Basic math and what the Wall Street Journal calls “Trumponomics” are headed for a brutal collision.   Here’s why.   The national debt is $20.6 trillion and rising. With rates low, annual debt interest costs averaged about $250 billion from 2011 through 2016. As the economy improved, interest rates slowly ticked up. But, now they are expected to surge as ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: ‘The Post’ is a retelling of history to shape the present

What’s the “back story” on the recent release of “The Post,” what amounts to a prequel of “All the President’s Men”? Good question. A newsroom has always been a stage that lends itself to dramatization. “The President’s Men,” released in 1976, is still a terrific movie, with Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman playing Woodward and Bernstein in their landmark Watergate ...

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TODD SMITH — Winter Olympics brands pay top dollar for sponsorships

The 2018 Winter Olympics aren’t just a showcase for the world’s top athletes. Some of the world’s largest brands paid millions to promote its products on a global stage in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The International Olympic Committee has top-level sponsorship deals in place with 13 corporations. Each “Worldwide Olympic Partner” pays roughly $100 million per four-year Olympic cycle, according to ...

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PHIL HARDWICK: Flags — what do they mean?

With the Winter Olympics in full swing most of us are seeing a lot a flags. Some are really beautiful, and some are really ugly. So what makes a great flag? The answer to that question can be found in a great little booklet compiled by Ted Kaye and published by the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA). Here are the ...

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