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Errors and record mismanagement can be costly

It’s the little things that can get taxpayers. Simple math errors, poor penmanship or hurriedly filling out your tax form at the last minute account for loads of filing errors. And those slip ups, which typically happen with paper returns, give the Internal Revenue Service another opportunity to tout the benefits of filing taxes electronically. “We strongly suggest that people ...

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When governor asked, Sanderson Farms agreed to back pro tournament for this year

When Mississippi was at risk of losing a big, revenue-generating golf tournament, Sanderson Farms stepped up to accept the sponsorship and keep it going. The Sanderson Farms Championship is the new name of the tournament formerly known as the Viking Classic. The tournament will be played July 18-20 at Annandale Country Club in Madison. “When Viking dropped the sponsorship, Gov. ...

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Legislation, weak economy make it difficult for Mississippi companies to go public

The last Mississippi company to go public was The First Bancshares Inc. in 1996. Only four Mississippi-based companies have gone public since 1950. And since the 1990s, the number of public companies in Mississippi has dropped a significant amount. Experts say the reason more companies in Mississippi and elsewhere in the country aren’t going public is the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. “Sarbanes ...

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UMMC transplant team achieves benchmarks in kidney, liver procedures

Without leaving the state, longer and a better quality of life are now possible for Mississippians needing kidney and liver transplants. The dedicated transplant teams at the University of Mississippi Medical Center are making that happen. No other health-care facilities in Mississippi transplant organs. In 2012, a record 103 kidney transplants were done at UMMC, a record that may reach ...

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Eaten your plants today?

Over recent years information has been forthcoming about plant-based proteins. Maybe you have heard the term but have no idea what that means or the affects. Perhaps you know about them and have tried these types of foods. In either case let’s explore what they are and how important they can be. First of all, part of the basics of ...

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2012 biggest year for West Nile

The number of West Nile virus cases in the nation was the largest ever seen in 2012, which makes it particularly important for businesses to be alert to taking precautions to protect employees and customers from bites from mosquitoes that can transmit the virus that can lead to debilitating illness and even death. “Last year was a particularly bad year,” ...

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EXPO marks 30-year milestone

The 2013 Mississippi Business and Technology EXPO, the state’s largest business-to-business networking event, will mark its 30th anniversary milestone April 4 at the Trade Mart Building in Jackson. Thousands of attendees are expected to take in more than 100 exhibits, attend free seminars and take part in several special events throughout the day. The EXPO is presented by longtime sponsor ...

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Banking leader has youth, experience

Of course the president of the Young Bankers section of the Mississippi Bankers Association is a young banker, but the organization’s new president, Matt McCraw, 36, already has quite a bit of banking experience, too. That’s because he began his banking career while he was a student at the University of Mississippi. That banking start was at First National Bank ...

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