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DENNIS SEID: Mississippi’s meat law meets new level of meat-headedness

Mississippi has a beef with purveyors of plant-based “meat” products, it seems. In a law that went into effect July 1, “A plant-based or insect-based food product shall not be labeled as meat or a meat food product.” According to supporters of the law, which includes the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, the law was passed in order to protect consumers from those meat-free products made ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Course changes needed for Mississippi? Yes or no?

Happy with the way things are going in Mississippi and want to stay the course? Then Tate Reeves is probably your choice for Governor. Stay the course is pretty much his campaign message. Not so happy with the way things are going? Well, if you want a conservative Republican to guide course changes, then Bill Waller or Robert Foster should ...

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Changes in store as expansion, renovation on horizon for Tupelo’s BancorpSouth Arena

By W. DEREK RUSSELL / Daily Journal TUPELO • It’s been more than 25 years since the BancorpSouth Arena opened its doors to the public, and soon, those doors will open a little wider. Plans have been underway for some time for the entertainment venue to stretch its legs, but with the project going out for bids in mere weeks – ...

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Entrepreneurs offer advice for those looking to follow their footsteps

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO • Since 2006, the Renasant Center for IDEAs has served as a business incubator for dozens of up-and-coming businesses. Among the highly successful “graduates” are Hyperion Technology and Mabus Agency, which have grown and expanded their businesses over the years. Shirley Hendrix of R&B Specialty Printing and Letisha Jackson of Jackson Insurance Group have each been at ...

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Marshalls to open July 25 in Corinth

By JOSH MITCHELL / Corinth Today The long-awaited Marshalls store will open this month in the Harper Square Mall in Corinth. Marshalls will open its Corinth store on July 25, which is just two weeks away, the company announced Thursday. “Our newest store in Corinth will offer an ever-changing selection of high-quality, on-trend, and brand-name merchandise at the amazing prices ...

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Cooper Tire investing $4M for renovation project

By DENNIS SEID TUPELO – Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. is investing another $4 million into its plant here, according to documents field with the city’s Development Services office. The company is spending more than $4 million as part of an upgrade to its mixing plant, documents show. Cooper confirmed last month it was investing $3.4 million to build an ...

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Mississippi ranked high in states with student loan debts, ranked low for millennials

By DANNY McARTHUR Mississippi may be one of the hardest states for millennials and student loan debt may play a role, according to two studies from personal finance website WalletHub. Mississippi is among one of the worst states for people with student loan debt, according to a July 2019 study from WalletHub. Mississippi ranked 7th overall in most student debt. According to the website, the ...

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SEAN SUGGS: Toyota’s allegiance to Mississippi

The Toyota plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi, has had many exciting milestones to celebrate in recent months. We’ve added jobs, increased investments in equipment and in March of this year, we launched the all-new 2020 Corolla to much fanfare and celebration. We have talented team members and we are actively hiring. Despite all our positive momentum, our plant may be under siege. ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — The time is now when it comes to Mississippi’s state flag

Symbols are extremely important in our culture and society as they serve as a connection to something greater than our immediate daily lives.  Symbols can represent a collective ideology or a set of norms that guide a community of people, a state or a nation.  Symbols are powerful and can elicit intense positive and negative emotions. Symbols can serve as ...

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TODD SMITH — State of the News media report released from Pew; newspaper circulation down more than 10%

Each year since the early 2000s, the Pew Research Center has released its State of the News Media report, showcasing key audience and economic indicators across the U.S. news media landscape. This data pinpoints the shifting ways Americans seek news and information in an increasingly digital world. The press – often referred to as the fourth branch of government – ...

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