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BILL CRAWFORD: Legislature not at fault for bad reading scores

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In schools districts that fared poorly on the 3rd grade reading tests, many school officials and parents blame lack of funding by the legislature.   For example, Superintendent Powell Rucker attributed Holmes County’s 59 percent passing rate to student poverty, lack of funding, and rapid teacher turnover. “It is not a test that even needed to be administered, because the state ...

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BOOK BIZ — This story of orchids and Florida captivates

» The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Passion and Obsession    
By Susan Orlean 
Published by Ballantine Books    
$14.95 softback

Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief is, quite simply, a wonder. You’ll find yourself fascinated (perhaps unexpectedly) by all the twists and turns and divergent paths Orlean takes you on. Inspired by a small newspaper article she read about the arrest of four men (three Seminoles, one white) for the theft of rare orchids from a protected Florida swamp, in Orlean’s ...

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Mississippi geography offers engineering challenges

By LISA MONTI If you look at the geography of Mississippi with an engineer’s eye, you can see some of the challenges those professionals face in their practices. “Mississippi is an interesting state for structural design,” said Jason McQueen, president of the Structural Engineers Association of Mississippi. “On the Coast there are design requirements for hurricanes and floods. In the central ...

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Barbour to lead Butler Snow economic development firm

RIDGELAND — Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour is among the leaders of a new economic development firm formed by Ridgeland-based Butler Snow LLP. » READ MORE: Haley Barbour: Kemper plant will rival Grand Gulf’s performance The law firm said Monday that Barbour will serve as chairman of VisionFirst Advisors, which will provide strategic analysis and identify market opportunities for organizations. He ...

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MIST sessions could open door to federal contracts

Small business owners who want to tap into government contracting may be put off by the rules and red tape that confront them. Even those who have experience in the competitive contracting arena can be confounded by the layers of regulations. Fortunately for business owners who want to get work from the government now have the new Marine Industries Science ...

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Newk's Eatery announces new Tampa Bay-area development agreement

JACKSON — Newk’s Eatery, the fast-casual restaurant known for its culinary-driven menu and open kitchen, has announced a new development agreement with franchisee Aeolus Group. The multi-unit operators have committed to open 11 Newk’s locations in the Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Lakeland and Clearwater markets in Florida. The agreement is part of Newk’s growth plans that include opening nearly 30 new company-owned and franchised locations this year. The chain currently ...

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HOLDING IT ALL TOGETHER — Keeping companies’ banks united provides advantages for large and small

Put simply, bank holding companies own one or more banks, but don’t engage in banking themselves. And although BHCs involve legal complexities and regulatory considerations, BHCs are favored by many banks because they provide more flexibility in raising capital and more liquidity for shareholders. BHCs are favored by both large and small banks. “It is a common practice,” said Tony ...

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Florida firm cited on no-call rules, fined $25K

JACKSON — Mississippi regulators have ordered a Florida company named Active Periodicals to pay $25,000 for violating the state’s ban on unwanted telemarketing. The Public Service Commission voted Tuesday to impose the penalty against Active Periodicals, which is based in Deerfield Beach. It is the latest in a series of fines that the Public Service Commission has issued against companies ...

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Is the SEC Network nearing a deal with Comcast?

According to the Birmingham Business Journal, the new SEC Network appears to be nearing a deal with Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company. According to Fox Sports, a spokesman for Comcast said the two sides are working out the final details of the deal and expect to reach an agreement in the near future. The network launches in August. It has ...

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