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It’s not ‘if’ a business has a cybersecurity breach, but more likely ‘when’ it will happen


By LYNN LOFTON  Cyber security is on the minds of business and professional people as issues and threats increase. No sector is immune from these issues. Alisa Chestler, shareholder and chair of the privacy and information security team for the Baker Donelson law firm, says cyber concerns can not be ignored by any type of business. “It affects all businesses,” ...

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Baldwyn plant to add 60 jobs


Associated Press Foam-maker FXI says it will invest $700,000 to expand is Baldwyn factory, adding at least 60 employees to the current 60. The company, based in Media, Pa., said Monday it has won new health-care business and will add automated equipment to  increase production. The Mississippi Development Authority contributed a $35,000 grant to help expand FXI’s storage and staging area, ...

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PSC grants Mississippi Power interim rate hike

Public Service Commission chairman Lynn Posey, left, listens as Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley stresses the need for accountability from Mississippi Power Company in issuing refunds or credits to customers after the commission voted to comply with a state supreme court order that found illegal the 2013 rate increase for the $6.2 billion power plant in Kemper County, Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Jackson, Miss. In addition, the unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co. must roll back the 18 percent increase starting with the August billing cycle. Commissioners say they'll vote on a refund plan in August. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Associated Press State utility regulators agreed Thursday that Mississippi Power Co. needs more money immediately, granting the company an 18 percent rate increase that, while temporary for now, could become permanent by December. The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted 2-1 Thursday to allow the utility to raise rates starting with bills beginning Aug. 20. A residential customer who uses 1,000 ...

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Windstream expands broadband in Mississippi

internet web broadband

JACKSON — Windstream Communications Inc. is getting $917,403 to expand and support broadband to about 5,520 of its rural customers in Mississippi. The money from the Connect America Fund will allow Windstream to deliver broadband at speeds of at least 10 Mbps for downloads and 1 Mbps uploads to 2,760 rural homes and businesses in Mississippi where the cost of ...

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8 cities, including Jackson, cited in data program from ex-NYC mayor Bloomberg


NEW YORK — Jackson, Mississippi, and Mesa, Arizona, aim to make troves of data about city operations available online for the first time. Tulsa, Oklahoma, plans to make its data releases more useful for the public. Seattle wants to use contract data to help ensure vendors deliver on their promises. They’re among the first eight winners, announced Wednesday, in a ...

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Suit to block silicon plant in northeast Miss. dismissed

Jack Weatherly Mississippi Silicon LLC has some breathing room as a suit seeking to stop the construction of the plant at Burnsville in Tishomingo County was dismissed. U.S. District Court Judge Debra M. Brown ruled on Thursday that the Northern Mississippi court did not have jurisdiction, and the motion by Globe Specialty Metallurgical, a Selma, Ala.,-based competitor, for a preliminary ...

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SUMESH ARORA — Is innovation contagious?

Innovation, idea

W hen we hear the word contagious, we often think in terms of a disease and how quickly it may spread among the population and whether it could eventually reach epidemic proportions.  The spread of any disease is not a desired outcome, but it usually occurs by direct or indirect contact form one person to another.  The good news is ...

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Nissan Canton: A driving force for Mississippi’s economy

2015 Nissan Murano resets the standard in the midsize crossover segment with breakthrough design, premium interior and purposeful technology. Third generation of Nissan's popular flagship crossover symbolizes NissanÕs design-led product and brand renaissance. Murano styling delivers bold Resonance Concept's refined intensity exterior and social lounge interior. Carries forward new Nissan design direction with V-Motion front end, boomerang lights, floating roof treatment and efficient aerodynamics.

By ALAN TURNER Recently, the Mississippi Business Journal had the opportunity to tour Nissan’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Canton, and spend some time talking with Steve Marsh, the new Vice President and Plant Manager. Seeing the plant in full operation is an incredible experience.  Nissan conducts tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and they’re pleased to welcome folks of all ages.  ...

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Ultra-speed Internet could fast-track South Miss. economy


BILOXI — The idea of ultra-fast broadband Internet service as an economic driver started with Biloxi Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich and is rapidly spreading across South Mississippi. Biloxi City Attorney Gerald Blessey said Tuesday that Coast mayors will meet soon to discuss the idea of creating a Mississippi Gulf Coast Fiber Ring that would provide Internet access to every home, ...

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