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BILL CRAWFORD — Will humdinger primary finally yield a Republican attorney general?

The last and only Republican to hold the office of Attorney General in Mississippi was George E. Harris back in 1877. As Republicans began their surge to take over statewide offices in the early 1990s, Mike Moore and Jim Hood easily held on to the position for Democrats. Odds are that’s about to change. Even when Republicans took over all ...

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TODD SMITH — State of the news media report released from Pew; Local TV news audience down, revenue up

Last week, the Spin Cycle explored the recently released Pew Research Center 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 – is ...

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DMR: The fish are ok to eat but the beaches remain closed

By JACK WEATHERLY It’s okay to eat seafood from the Mississippi Sound. That statement to the Mississippi Business Journal by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is the first good news that the coastal counties have had this summer. Another agency, the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), closed all 21 beaches, starting with some in late June to ...

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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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Callaway’s closing out County Line Road center

By JACK WEATHERLY Callaway’s Yard and Garden Center is marking its 40th anniversary this year at the intersection of Pear Orchard Road and County Line Road. It is also leaving that location by the end of the year, said owner Brint Callaway. Callaway’s opened in Gluckstadt three years ago the latest incarnation of the third-generation business that dates to 1954 ...

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Ridgeland Cabot Lodge bought for $3.7 million

By MBJ STAFF The 200-room Cabot Lodge Jackson North, located in Ridgeland, has been sold by MMI Hotel Group to a group of investors for $3.7 million, according to Marcus and Millichap, a commercial real estate investment services firm with offices throughout the United States and Canada. The investors, including Heritage Hospitality of Ridgeland and Fusion Hospitality of Tupelo, have ...

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Sophomore Spanish promises upper class cuisine

By JACK WEATHERLY The latest restaurant in the District at Eastover has a name that is a bit taco in cheek, you might say. It’s called the Sophomore Spanish Club. It will open next month and take the place of the Cantina Laredo, an upscale restaurant that closed Feb. 25. The eatery will have a self-effacing name, but owner Ray-Scott ...

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Conventions continue to bring big money to Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE Conventions that bring hundreds or even thousands of people to town are in full swing in Mississippi bringing in visitors who have a major financial impact with spending for hotel rooms, gas, meals and visiting local attractions. Some of the biggest conventions happening at the Jackson Convention Complex are related to religious events, said Shun Hatten, vice ...

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Youth sports tourism a home run when it comes to economic impact

By BECKY GILLETTE Some parents encourage their kids to get involved with sports as a way to keep them from spending too much time with their phones and electronic devices, or from getting into trouble. Sports are also helpful to help build self-esteem and combat childhood obesity. But the bottom line is that many kids love to play sports and ...

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