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ANALYSIS — Tax hike is one thing, bright outlook for gasoline is another

By JACK WEATHERLY A hike in Mississippi gasoline tax has been bandied about for years as a solution for much-needed improvements in the state’s roads and bridges. But it continues to draw, at best, a luke-warm response from governmental leaders. Whether the increase were to occur, the good news is that the historical price of gasoline in the state continues ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Republican strategist questions what GOP now stands for

Longtime Mississippi Republicans will remember political consultant Stuart Stevens for his work on early campaigns for the late Sen. Thad Cochran. Since those early races he has become a highly successful media strategist and has helped elect numerous Republican governors and senators. His client list sounds like a who’s who of Republican leaders – President George W. Bush, Gov. Mitt ...

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TODD SMITH — What readers want in news

As we launch into 2020, it’s a great time to check the presses on what readers seek in the news media. A recent study by The Center for Media Engagement aimed to get the scoop on what readers don’t understand about the news process and how newsrooms can build trust with their audiences. For this study, The Center for Media ...

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U.S. 90 corridor attracting business in Hancock County

By LISA MONTI There’s been a string of new businesses opening in the past year or so on the section of U.S. 90 that runs through Bay St. Louis and Waveland. Starting near the foot of the Bay Bridge and stretching to the outskirts of Waveland, doors have opened on new antique shops, restaurants and health care and fitness facilities ...

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New Tenax Aerospace president impressed with Mississippi

By SUSAN MARQUEZ In the heart of Madison, there is a company that takes great pride in designing and executing cost-effective, customize special mission aviation programs that are unmatched in their quality, performance and scale. Tenax Aerospace works with government agencies and the private sector to procure, modify, maintain and manage aircraft. “We don’t fly people,” says Jason Dean, Tenax ...

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Navistar Defense buys West Point Assembly Plant

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal Navistar Defense on Monday said it had acquired its assembly plant in West Point for an undisclosed amount. The company has leased the facility from Babcock and Wilcox since 2006. “The purchase of the assembly plant is a part of our strategic plan to grow our business,” said Ted Wright, Navistar Defense chief executive ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — What is the purpose of business

Last summer, The Business Roundtable, a nonprofit organization of CEO’s of major businesses, redefined its Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation to include stakeholders in addition to shareholders. The action has produced much discussion about the primary role of the corporation. To put it another way: What responsibility does business have to society? Nobel prize recipient Milton Friedman and ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Ignored problems don’t disappear, they become crises

Mississippi’s prison crisis is about to teach new legislators a hard lesson. “Prison brass warned of dangerous conditions a year ago, but lawmakers did not act,” read the headline in Mississippi Today following gang violence and deaths in Mississippi prisons. That was just the latest warning. In 2012, then Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) Commissioner Christopher Epps, now in prison ...

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Aviation museum taking shape on the coast

By LYNN LOFTON A long held dream for an aviation museum is taking shape on Pass Road in Gulfport with plans to open phase one this spring. The Mississippi Aviation Heritage Museum is under the auspices of the Brown Condor Association which honors the legacy of barrier-breaking pilot John C. Robinson.  Housed in a former furniture store owned by the ...

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