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MSU drawing teens to cybersecurity camps

By BECKY GILLETTE You only have to read the headlines about major security breaches ranging from the U.S. government to the major retailers to know that cybersecurity is a huge issue, and one that requires a skilled workforce to protect against major identity fraud. Mississippi State University has developed a summer camp program called Bulldog Bytes that is designed to ...

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University trying to attract more women to technology fields

By BECKY GILLETTE  The percentage of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields has continued to shrink even as demand for jobs in those fields has grown rapidly. What can be done to encourage more young women to get interested in technology careers? Dr. Stacy Kastner, assistant professor of English at MSU, co-director of Bulldog Bytes, a residential ...

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Tax-deduction extensions a relief for firms

By BECKY GILLETTE  Small businesses went through most of 2015 without knowing whether business tax provisions would be extended – allowing bonus depreciation which lets businesses deduct up to half the cost of eligible equipment placed in service in 2015, and Section 179 expensing that allows the expense of up to $500,000 of eligible equipment placed in service in 2015. ...

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A LOOK AT 2016 — Outlook for agriculture sector is daunting, but outlook for technology promising

By BECKY GILLETTE In the year ahead, agriculture-heavy Mississippi faces headwinds from declines in commodity prices that have caused a lot of concern in farm circles. State Economist Dr. Darrin Webb said 2015 was not a particularly good year for ag in Mississippi and elsewhere. The USDA expects U.S. net farm income to be the lowest since 2002 and less than ...

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THE GULF COAST’S BIG CATCH — A boatload of projects — including aquarium — get OK from ecosystem restoration council

By BECKY GILLETTE The Gulf Coast received an early Christmas present in the form of the announcements of significant economic development and environmental restoration projects when the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE) met last week and approved major projects such as a $17 million aquarium that will have wide-ranging benefits across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. “The council’s approval of the ...

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Vicksburg’s Malcolm Butler named one of Boston Globe’s Bostonians of the Year

Vicksburg High grad grabs the spotlight with spectacular Super Bowl play cinching victory for his team By BECKY GILLETTE Malcolm Butler has gone from a college football player who initially wasn’t even drafted by the pros to a household name and a Vicksburg hometown hero who has made Mississippi proud. For his efforts, Butler was named today as one of the ...

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Jackson State wins grant to shift teaching skills to align with cyber learning

By BECKY GILLETTE In a traditional college classroom, the teacher wrote things on the blackboard and gave lectures with students expected to memorize the information in order to pass tests. But that is no longer the best way to teach college students, particularly in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, and it isn’t the type of education most needed in today’s ...

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Brandon Clement chasing storms and his dreams

By BECKY GILLETTE Some people might think it well, a bit foolhardy, to be chasing after tornadoes. But Brandon Clement of Terry finds it exhilarating to observe weather in its most extreme forms — and sharing that information with the National Weather Service, emergency responders and the general public in the form of live feeds goes beyond entertaining to being potentially ...

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Businesses, be careful paying the bills

By BECKY GILLETTE Gone are the days when businesses had to mail checks to pay bills and wait until the end of the month to get bank statements. Now both large and small businesses find it extremely convenient to bank online. “The old fashioned way was to write a check, mail it and then it would take time to clear,” said ...

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