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TODD SMITH — Expert tips for working remotely

How are you doing in our remote work, social distancing, quarantined world? I know it’s been a great exercise in adaptability for the workforce and students across the world in our coronavirus era. Lindsey Pollak, a speaker and author of “The Remix,” together with her assistant, Eileen, who have succeeded in a remote work environment for more than five years, ...

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LYNN EVANS — Mississippians want a mail-in voting option in November

Mississippians love to elect their public officials. We elect not just the governor and his cabinet, but a long list of local officials including judges, constables and coroners. Mississippi also has a long and troubled history of preventing people from voting, especially African Americans. Mississippians like Medgar Evers, Vernon Dahmer, and James Chaney were killed simply for advocating that every ...

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JAMESON TAYLOR — The wrong time to expand Medicaid

Healthcare is complicated. But during the current coronavirus outbreak, healthcare policy goals are very simple: How do we increase the supply of healthcare for those who need it most? And how do we increase access to healthcare to those who need it most? Right now, the real challenge is prioritizing very limited healthcare resources. The people who need care the ...

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VT Halter Marine awarded MARAD small shipyard grant

PASCAGOULA — VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of ST Engineering North America, was awarded a grant of nearly $1.7 million for a 1,250‐ton press brake by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD). The grant of $1,695,118 was part of a total $19.6 million in discretionary grants to 24 U.S. shipyards through the Small Shipyard Grant ...

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SHAD WHITE — Using big data and AI to find fraud

The Office of the State Auditor is using new technology to look at more government transactions for fraud than ever before. The techniques we are using today were not available ten or, in some cases, even five years ago. Criminals should be more worried about the Auditor’s office than ever. To understand the power of this technology, let’s compare it ...

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HU MEENA — Pandemic offers resilient Mississippi a chance to embrace a brighter future

EDITOR’S NOTE: The column is the first in a series of Mississippi CEOs writing how Mississippi businesses are responding to the COVID-10 crisis.     My favorite streaming video program during the COVID-19 virus stay-at-home lockdown has not been about tigers and their crazy trainer, Joe Exotic, from the wildly popular Netflix docuseries. Nor has it been about Scottie Pippin ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Help others cope with pandemic fear and anxiety

As the COVID-19 virus ravages our economy and health systems, it also exacts a heavy emotional toll through fear, despair, anxiety, depression, and frustration. Pew Research Center reported, “Health experts are concerned about the potential mental health effects of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, and mental health hotlines report a substantial uptick in calls since the outbreak began.” ...

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TODD SMITH — Virtually all Americans impacted by Coronavirus

As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise and schools, workplaces and public gathering spaces across the United States remain closed, a new Pew Research Center survey finds that the coronavirus outbreak is having profound impacts on the personal lives of Americans in a variety of ways. Nearly nine-in-ten U.S. adults say their life has changed at least a little as a ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Working remotely during COVID-19:  Data security risks

With more employees working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic come increased data security risks. Phishing emails are the leading cause of business data breaches, and according to Google, scammers are sending 18 million hoax emails about COVID-19 to Gmail users every day. So far, we have seen the following phishing emails specific to the COVID-19 pandemic: To sign up for ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Pandemic expected to have an effect on site selection factors

Each year, Area Development magazine publishes the results of its survey of corporate executives regarding their expansion plans and the factors that rank highest in their site selection decisions. In this column, we will look back seven years and compare those site selection factors with those in 2019. We will also speculate about which factors will be most affected by ...

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