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TODD SMITH — ABC ‘World News Tonight’ gains in popularity

David Muir, anchor of ABC “World News Tonight” is delivering the news to a broader audience. The nightly news program has become one of the most-watched network programs, according to Variety. Since joining the newscast as anchor in 2014, the network has gained audience share. Muir recently spoke to the publication to discuss what today’s audience is seeking from the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — PERS trying to stay invisible until after elections

Did you get a glimpse Mississippi’s invisible black hole? It briefly appeared over the past year in the Bigger Pie Forum, an Associated Press article by Jeff Amy, and the Jackson Jambalaya blog. “The Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi is a ticking fiscal time bomb,” headlined the Bigger Pie story. “Analysis: Public retirement plan pressure won’t end soon,” was ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Why you need cyber insurance and what you should know

3,813 – that’s the number of reported data breaches tracked through June 30, 2019, putting 2019 on track “to be the worst year on record for data breach activity,” according to the 2019 MidYear QuickView Data Breach Report, conducted by Risk Based Security. This is an increase of 54 percent over 2018 figures during the same time period. The average ...

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TODD SMITH — Americans are wary of role social media plays in delivering the news

While debate rages over how social media sites can improve the quality of news they offer while enforcing rules fairly, most Americans are pessimistic about these efforts and are highly concerned about several issues when it comes to social media and news. According to a new Pew Research Center survey, conducted July 8-21, majorities say that social media companies have ...

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Mississippi Lottery Corporation launches new website, social media

The Mississippi Lottery Corporation has unveiled a new look for its website and officially introduced its brand on social media in advance of its anticipated launch of scratch-off tickets by December 1, if not sooner. The MLC website, www.mslotteryhome.com, premiers today with a new look. “We have a website visually appealing and easy for our players to use,” said MLC ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Why process matters

Process is defined as “a series of actions or operations conducing to an end,” according to Merriam-Webster. Goal is defined as “the end toward which effort is directed.” The situation with the hiring of a new chancellor at Ole Miss is a good example of why the process can be as important as the goal. The goal was clear: Hire ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Brain drain a gross problem for Mississippi

Brain drain in Mississippi is gross. That’s what Phil Hardwick wrote in the Mississippi Business Journal. Citing an April report by the U.S. Joint Economic Committee on the topic of brain drain in the United States, Hardwick explained, “Gross brain drain is defined as the share of leavers who are highly educated minus the share of adults who remain in ...

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TODD SMITH — White House to launch impeachment response plan

Top White House officials will soon present President Trump with a wide-ranging response strategy to the growing threat of impeachment, following a week of mixed messaging and growing angst within Trump’s adviser team. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and White House counsel Pat Cipollone will be among those who present the president with the plan for a rapid-response ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Predatory vs. preposterous policies at play in Mississippi?

Choosing to appease the insatiable desires of grasping businesses and consumers, politicians spew ever more promiscuous policies from our nation’s capital. As noted in recent columns, hindrances to unscrupulous businesses preying on consumers are diminishing while preposterous promises of succor to consumers are expanding. Predatory practices are the dark side of Republican pro-business policies on the one hand while preposterous ...

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Diabetes prevention reroutes risk with lifestyle changes

TUPELO — A little more than a year ago, Niesha Hodges could see diabetes in her future. The 28-year-old Nettleton woman was obese and her blood sugar was at the very top of the normal range. Her dad and brother both have Type II diabetes. “I was heading that direction,” said Hodges, who teaches 2-year-olds at the North Mississippi Medical ...

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