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Guns OK inside Mississippi polling places, attorney general says

By Ted Carter The trend among gun fanatics of openly carrying assault weapons and other firearms into stores and restaurants could spread to polling places around Mississippi in November. The key here is that gun owners must wear the weapon so it is visible to everyone, says Attorney General Jim Hood, who this week replied in the affirmative to a ...

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Target offers card holders free credit monitoring as fraud reaction grows

Target’s recent effort to regain the trust of its shoppers after a credit card security breach seems to have backfired. Customers, it seems, are still on edge when it comes to the retailer, the Huffington Post reports. The company was the victim of a security breach during the holiday shopping season that compromised around 40 million customer credit cards. In ...

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Target offering store cardholders credit monitoring after security breach

Target is offering free credit monitoring services for Target credit cardholders after a massive security breach that allowed hackers to access cardholders’ account information of customers who used the cards between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. The Associated Press reported that up to 40 million Target customers could be affected. The hackers got access to cardholders’ names, credit or debit ...

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Target: 40 million card accounts may be breached

Target says that about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach that occurred just as the holiday shopping season shifted into high gear. The chain said that accounts of customers who made purchases by swiping their cards at terminals in its U.S. stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15 may have been ...

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STODDER: Blooming interest in Pinterest

Once belittled as an insubstantial electronic scrapbook with narrow appeal, the 2-year-old website Pinterest is maturing into a marketing monster. Visits to the site have increased more than 4,000 percent in less than a year, vaulting it to the No. 3 spot in social-media popularity behind only Facebook and Twitter. Some big-name retailers are taking not only notice, but also ...

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The mild winter: 2012’s economic powerhouse

What has had the biggest influence on business so far in 2012?  One strong contender was the mild winter. The recent weather was given some of the credit for improving the employment situation for January and February in a USA Today report, which said, “The nation’s mild winter has added thousands of jobs this year, boosting crucial businesses such as ...

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Madison Target center needs stronger tenant mix, city says

Target has a bulls-eye on Madison but the developer of the center to be anchored by the national retailer wants some financial help with the project. The center will need a little more star power in its tenant lineup for that, however. Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler gives the Minneapolis-based retailer zero chance of getting tax incentives from the city until ...

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FBI investigating Southaven mayor Greg Davis

JACKSON — The FBI has confirmed that it is investigating the mayor of Mississippi’s third largest city who was already ordered by state officials to pay more than $170,000 for travel, stress counseling and other personal expenses billed to taxpayers. >> SEE MBJ COLUMNIST NANCY ANDERSON’S COLUMN ON DAVIS Southaven Mayor Greg Davis had already come under scrutiny after Mississippi ...

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