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US publishers worry about pricier newsprint with new tariffs

Newspaper publishers across the U.S. already strapped by years of declining revenue say they’re dealing with an existential threat: Recently imposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint driving up their business costs. The tariffs are a response to a complaint to the U.S. Department of Commerce from a hedge fund-owned paper producer in Washington state, which argues that its Canadian competitors are ...

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Top Mississippi lawmakers at odds over increasing gas tax

Mississippi House leaders are proposing a new long-term plan to put hundreds of millions of more dollars into transportation, days after Gov. Phil Bryant ordered more than 100 locally maintained bridges to be closed because they are in dangerous condition. However, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who keeps tight control over the Senate, is knocking down a significant part of the ...

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Mississippi shipyard rebuilds area hit by Hurricane Katrina

One of Mississippi’s largest employers, a shipyard that builds vessels for the Navy and Coast Guard, announced Thursday that it is rebuilding and reopening part of its operation that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Virginia-based Huntington Ingalls Industries said Ingalls Shipbuilding is reconstructing a shipyard in Pascagoula over the next two years. The yard on the east bank ...

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Jackson mayor opposes relocating zoo

A Mississippi city’s mayor says a zoo should stay where it has been for nearly 100 years and he doesn’t support a plan to relocate it. The Clarion Ledger reports that Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba is opposed to moving the Jackson Zoo from Livingston Park to LeFleur’s Bluff State Park. The zoo’s board of directors approved a recommendation to investigate a ...

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Job skills, education emphasized at MEC meeting

By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) is all about jobs and education. For that reason, speakers at the council’s annual meeting on Thursday talked and about where Mississippi stands in those categories. STAR students (the MEC’s Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition Program) were lauded and Gov. Phil Bryant ran down a litany of rankings that show that the state is ...

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Concord Capital announces purchase of 600 Concourse in Ridgeland

Concord Capital, LLC announced the purchase of the 600 Concourse Building in Ridgeland, establishing the company as the second largest office landlord along Highland Colony Parkway.  Concord Capital is the acquisition and development company of industry veterans Ted Duckworth, Breck Hines and John Michael Holtmann. Concord and their affiliates also own 200 and 400 Concourse, and this acquisition brings their total ...

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Threat and reality of tariffs not yet a factor in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY The United States and China are in a standoff on agricultural trade, with the communist nation threatening to impose a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans and other crops. “I think there is some hope that [the sides in] this standoff will back down,” said Dr. Keith Coble, head of the agricultural economics department at Mississippi State ...

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Lost Rabbit turning into ‘success,’ developer says

By JACK WEATHERLY The Town of Lost Rabbit is “kind of a success story,” said Kevin Blanchard of Southern Lifestyle Development. And that’s saying a lot for the upscale Madison County development on the Ross Barnett Reservoir. It had been mired in lawsuits for years, many of which were settled in 2014, leaving Allstate Insurance in possession of acreage that ...

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Smith Park in downtown Jackson reopens after upgrade 

By JACK WEATHERLY Smith Park will reopen on Friday after being closed since November for upgrades. The fence will come down and festivities will start at 11 a.m. to celebrate the reopening. Mayor Chockwe Antar Lumumba and Gov. Phil Bryant will speak, there will be food trucks and a band, said Ben Allen, president of Downtown Jackson Partners. The group, ...

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SPENCER RITCHIE: Political contributions: Know your limits

In Mississippi, every year is an election year. This election year, however, is shaping up to be one of the most memorable in the state in decades. Many Mississippians will seek to play an active part in these elections by contributing to campaigns and political parties. Such contributions are subject to federal and state campaign finance laws. Below is a ...

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