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3 Mississippi cities first to get C Spire high-speed network

RIDGELAND, Mississippi – Neighborhoods in Horn Lake and Starkville and the entire town of Quitman are the first three Mississippi cities to exceed requirements and qualify for C Spire’s high-speed fiber network to the home. A Ridgeland neighborhood is expected to qualify later this week. A specified percentage of homeowner pre-registrations was needed to qualify for the 1 Gigabit per ...

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FRANK BROWN — Bosses, can you weather the storm?

As snow accumulated on the street in front of my house on a recent Tuesday morning, I thoughtfully evaluated the situation. According to local news outlets, Twitter and Facebook, the mayhem guy had taken over, causing a variety of traffic accidents along the path to my downtown office. I’ve made my share of dumb decisions in life, but the prospects ...

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Mississippi sets export record for 4th straight year

WASHINGTON – Mississippi is one of 16 states to set a record for exports in 2013, according to a release today by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. Last year was the fourth consecutive year Mississippi has set an export record. Exports last year were $12.4 billion, compared to $11.8 billion in 2012. The export levels have risen steadily since ...

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NEW & IMPROVED — With Business Marketplace, the MBJ puts a new slant on an old standard

The state’s largest business-to-business networking event will unveil a new name and a new format when it opens for its 31st year on April 3 at the Mississippi Trade Mart at the fairgrounds in Jackson. The MBJ Business Marketplace — formerly the Mississippi Business & Technology EXPO — will now allow vendors to sell their wares on the showroom floor. ...

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Mississippi casino revenues hit lowest yearly mark since 1997

Last year was the weakest gaming revenue year for Mississippi casinos since 1997, according to numbers released today by the Mississippi Gaming Commission. In 2013, the 30 Mississippi casinos collected $2.136 billion in gross gaming revenue, which is money leftover after players’ winnings are subtracted from wagers. That’s the lowest since 1997 when 24 casinos collected $1.984 billion. The high ...

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