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BILL CRAWFORD — Will there really be a “coming together” in Jackson this year?

In his inauguration speech new Gov. Tate Reeves promised, “This will be an administration for all Mississippi,” as reported by the Clarion-Ledger. “Governing is about coming together,” he said and proclaimed a new motto for his first term, “For. All. Mississippi.“ Faced with his first crisis as governor – prison rioting, deaths, and deplorable conditions – Reeves appeared to be ...

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NASA Artemis Program and Stennis Space Center set the stage for testing in 2020

All eyes are on south Mississippi with this month’s delivery and installation of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket’s first core stage to Stennis Space Center for a milestone Green Run test series prior to its Artemis I flight. The Green Run testing will be the first top-to-bottom integrated testing of the stage’s systems prior to its maiden flight. The testing will ...

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Mississippi Lottery Corporation announces first transfer to the state

The Mississippi Lottery Corporation made its first transfer of $7,621,232.37 in net proceeds to the Lottery Proceeds Fund in the Mississippi State Treasury on January 17. The MLC is required to transfer net proceeds within 20 days following the close of each calendar month. “We are very pleased with these early results,” said MLC President Tom Shaheen. “Retailer and player ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — What is the purpose of business

Last summer, The Business Roundtable, a nonprofit organization of CEO’s of major businesses, redefined its Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation to include stakeholders in addition to shareholders. The action has produced much discussion about the primary role of the corporation. To put it another way: What responsibility does business have to society? Nobel prize recipient Milton Friedman and ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Ignored problems don’t disappear, they become crises

Mississippi’s prison crisis is about to teach new legislators a hard lesson. “Prison brass warned of dangerous conditions a year ago, but lawmakers did not act,” read the headline in Mississippi Today following gang violence and deaths in Mississippi prisons. That was just the latest warning. In 2012, then Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) Commissioner Christopher Epps, now in prison ...

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SHAD WHITE — A critical moment for Mississippi’s economy

Today, maybe more than any time in our recent history, Mississippi faces fundamental questions about where our economy is headed. How we answer those questions is going to determine whether we succeed, like some of our surrounding states, or whether we become a rural Detroit. That’s the conclusion I’ve reached after watching our economy my entire life—from doing the books ...

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FOCUS ON ITAWAMBA COUNTY: Guy and Erin Conner’s waterway triple threat

By CORA YIELDING / Itawamba County Times In 1995, after years spent longing for their own boat shop, Guy and Erin Conner finally realized their dreams. But when they opened Midway Marine, they had no idea their maiden voyage into business would last a quarter-century and grow to include multiple expansions into several types of businesses. In 2017, two decades ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Cleveland, Madison or Oxford the best place in America to live?

If you could move to any place of your choosing, where would it be? And how would you choose? Thanks to the increasing number of “Best Places” websites, there is plenty of information available. Maybe too much information. And that can make your decision more difficult and confusing. So how does one go about discerning the better sources of information? ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — What will shine brightest this Christmas season?

For those Americans who celebrate the real reason for Christmas, joy at this time of year comes from much more than sparkling trees and glittery presents. It is a joy like no other for  souls who have been ignited by the coming of the Light of the World. It is also a time for those joyous souls to shine for ...

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ROGER WICKER: Country’s economy booming, no sign of stopping

America is currently experiencing its longest economic expansion in history. However, even after 125 months of positive news, November’s jobs report was a stunning blockbuster. According to the Department of Labor, wages are rising while we added 266,000 new jobs, well over the expected 180,000. Ten years after the Great Recession, policies like tax reform, regulatory rollback, and energy independence ...

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