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Shuckers, M-Braves expected to avoid minor leagues’ sweeping 2021 changes

Spokesman for minors says Southern League teams in good standing By TED CARTER A revamp of Minor League Baseball (MiLB) that some observers are calling the most extensive shakeup in the last 100 years won’t bear on the futures of Mississippi’s two pro ball clubs – Pearl’s Mississippi Braves and Biloxi’s Shuckers. The overhaul is expected to be far reaching ...

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MSU research & technology non-profit out to elevate innovation in Starkville’s downtown

By TED CARTER The move of tech data company Babel Street Inc. onto the third floor of Starkville’s Cadence Bank building marks the official start of a Mississippi State University non-profit corporation’s efforts to energize downtown technological innovation. Cadence, a regional bank formerly headquartered in Starkville, will remain in the first two floors of the 33,000 square-foot downtown landmark at ...

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Babel Street doubles size as it tags Starkville its ‘ideas’

By TED CARTER Nearly 50 years after Coca-Cola sought to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony, Starkville data tech company Babel Street Inc. is out to fulfill an equally ambitious goal. Babel Street wants to help the world make sense of the 2.5 quintillion bytes of data it produces each day and will employ all of the world’s ...

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Cash cow on a cul de sac — Oxford homes getting top rental rates for Ole Miss football weekends

Hotel market inventory finally meeting demand     By TED CARTER Home is where the heart is, but it’s also where the money is for Oxford residents willing to rent out their pads on Ole Miss football weekends. Accommodating the lodging needs of out-of-town game-goers is so popular, in fact, that the short-term rental Web-based operator Vrbo has designated the ...

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What will a C-Note get you in Mississippi? How about over $16 extra

Tax Foundation study examines “real” value of $100   By TED CARTER Mississippians or visitors to Mississippi with $100 in their pockets are walking around with a $16.69 bonus. But head over to Arkansas and you will lose more than a dollar of the bonus. In Alabama, you’ll lose even more of it. If you stay in Mississippi, at least ...

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UPDATE — Mississippi gets high grade on manufacturing strength but seen weak on advanced industries

Findings detailed in Ball State manufacturing scorecard By TED CARTER Mississippi has joined a short list of states that Ball State University’s Manufacturing Annual Scorecard rated as tops nationally for the health of their manufacturing sectors. But the leading academic author of the Scorecard said Mississippi must improve the quality of its healthcare and schools to grab a larger share ...

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Your home as a retirement asset? Yes, but higher returns are possible

By TED CARTER Retirement security may await at the end of a rainbow, but is leaving a home behind the best way to get to it? Yes and no, a financial planner and finance professor say. But for Gary Parker, it’s not even a close call. Homeownership and retirement security are synonymous, he says. That’s not surprising since Parker sells ...

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State’s GDP hit 10-year high in 2018

By TED CARTER Most years, Mississippi’s state economist Darrin Webb sees a lot of sameness in analyzing the state’s Gross Domestic Product, personal income and other economic indicators. But a break in the sameness has occurred. Calculations show last year brought something Mississippi has not seen in 11 years:  Real GDP growth of 1 percent or more. Mississippi’s initial real ...

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EastGroup jumps up to S&P MidCap 400 Index

Ridgeland industrial real estate investment trust EastGroup Properties Inc. is the newest listing on the S&P MidCap 400 Index, S&P says. The listing of EastGroup Properties (NYSE: EGP) will be under the Standard and Poor’s says MidCap 400 Global Industry Classification Standard Industrial REIT’s Sub-Industry index. Elevation from the S&P SmallCap 600 comes after multi-year growth in developing warehouse distribution ...

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Showing a ‘hole’ lot of promise

» Pipe Planner key to cutting Delta irrigation levels by 20 percent By TED CARTER Name buzz for no-cost irrigation software Pipe Planner is likely be zero outside of Mississippi and neighboring Delta states, but it figures prominently in plans for sustaining imperiled agricultural water supplies in Delta regions. With the web-based program, growers save water and energy through more-precise ...

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