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Southern Miss eliminates some jobs amid state budget cuts

The University of Southern Mississippi has laid off three employees and eliminated 33 vacant jobs because of state budget cuts. Two of those who lost their jobs worked in the Student Media Center, which is part of the mass communications and journalism program, The Hattiesburg American reported. Rodney McDonald was facilities manager for the center. The 46-year-old had worked there 21 years ...

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Months later, no decision on Mississippi online tax plan

Months after Mississippi’s top tax official proposed requiring large online sellers to collect taxes on internet sales, he still hasn’t enacted the rule. Kathy Waterbury, a spokeswoman for Revenue Commissioner Herb Frierson, said Wednesday that Frierson is still considering the proposal. Frierson has acknowledged the rule would directly challenge U.S. Supreme Court rulings forbidding states from requiring tax collections by ...

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USM makes waves graduating first Unmanned Maritime Systems class in U.S. history

By BECKY GILLETTE It has been said that the ocean is the last frontier for exploration on Earth. According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), only about five percent of the ocean has been explored. And just as aerial drones have revolutionized flight, underwater robotic vehicles are revolutionizing ocean research, defense and natural resources exploration. But, until recently, ...

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Coast economy continues to lag behind the state in key metrics

By JUSTIN VICORY The Coast’s economy is still struggling to recover from Hurricane Katrina, the Great Recession and the BP Oil Spill, and remains behind the state curve in important economic indicators, including sales tax revenue and median income, a business expert said. In a recent PowerPoint presentation entitled “The Uphill Recovery From the BP Oil Spill,” President of the ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — The one U.S. Supreme Court opinion to read in 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court’s regular term ended Friday, June 30, 2017, and the nine lifetime Justices began their summer recesses. A vacant seat and a perceived 4-4 ideological split clouded expectations in October when the court term began.  Six months into the session, Justice Gorsuch joined the bench in a televised swearing-in ceremony conducted by swing-vote Justice Kennedy at the ...

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THE POWER TO SAVE MILLIONS — Entergy cuts costs for customers $118M over 3 years by joining MISO

By JACK WEATHERLY Entergy Mississippi Inc. saved customers about $118 million in the three years after joining a regional transmission organization, the Mississippi Public Service Commission said in a release on Thursday. Entergy Corp.’s four southern utilities joined the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) on Dec. 19, 2013, after a lengthy regulatory review and cost-benefit analysis. The savings have exceeded ...

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KEEPING IT TOGETHER — Large mergers take work, communication and similar cultures

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi has seen two big mergers of late that affect tens of thousands of employees, customers and patients. Baptist Medical Center of Jackson and Baptist Memorial Health Care of Memphis merged May 1 creating one of the largest healthcare providers in the mid-South — Baptist Memorial Health Care. And Metropolitan Bank merged with one of the biggest ...

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TODD SMITH — Best headlines in a digital age

A well-written headline is worth its weight in audience-grabbing gold! That is especially true in our digital age. It is difficult to overstate the importance of headlines. A good headline can entice and engage your audience to click, read and share your content. In many cases headlines are the thing that is shared rather than the article. So you knew that. ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: ‘Shared Services’ still no laughing matter

George Carlin’s word skits made me laugh… and sometimes think. His monologue about “shell shock” morphing to “battle fatigue” then to “post-traumatic stress disorder” lampoons how we have come to use less disturbing, more benign words to camouflage reality. It came to mind when the Governor made his budget proposal. (No, not our current governor. I wrote this and the ...

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Buckle up, Mississippi: State tightens up its seat belt law

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A new law in Mississippi requires everyone in a car, truck or SUV to buckle up. Starting Saturday, Mississippi is joining the majority of states that require seat belt usefor all people in a vehicle, front seat and back. Violation carries a $25 fine. Previous state law required seat belts for people in the front seat, and ...

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