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BILL CRAWFORD — Brain drain a gross problem for Mississippi

Brain drain in Mississippi is gross. That’s what Phil Hardwick wrote in the Mississippi Business Journal. Citing an April report by the U.S. Joint Economic Committee on the topic of brain drain in the United States, Hardwick explained, “Gross brain drain is defined as the share of leavers who are highly educated minus the share of adults who remain in ...

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Work underway on Costco station while suit is pending

By JACK WEATHERLY The question: will Costco Wholesale proceed with construction of the 150,000-square-foot store in Ridgeland without building a fueling station? The city of Ridgeland has now gotten court clearance to build the so-called “third phase” of the Renaissance Colony Parkway mall, which would be anchored by Costco. The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled 7-0 in April 2017 in a ...

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Cruisin’ the Coast to rev up economy

By LISA MONTI In its 23rd year, Cruisin’ the Coast is a tourism juggernaut that reliably revs up the coast economy during what used to be a slow season. This year’s classic car party, which celebrates vehicles 1989 and older, is expected to be another record breaker when Cruisin’ rolls across the three coastal counties Oct. 6-13 Car owners had ...

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Chawla brothers split motel chain in wake of arrest

By JACK WEATHERLY One of two brothers who jointly owned and operated a growing chain of motels in the Mississippi Delta announced Wednesday that he has formed a new management group, Delta Lodging Group LLC. Suresh Chawla said in a news release that the new group will be composed of 12 properties. That leaves seven unaccounted for, not including a ...

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TODD SMITH — White House to launch impeachment response plan

Top White House officials will soon present President Trump with a wide-ranging response strategy to the growing threat of impeachment, following a week of mixed messaging and growing angst within Trump’s adviser team. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and White House counsel Pat Cipollone will be among those who present the president with the plan for a rapid-response ...

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Women-owned business report reveals data on Mississippi women-owned businesses

By DANNY McARTHUR / Daily Journal Owners Kim Caron of the Caron Gallery and Nicole Judon of the Peach Blossom Boutique LLC differ in years of experience. Caron opened her art gallery in 2010, while Judon opened her boutique in May and an online boutique in 2018. However, the two women have one thing in common: They are both part ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Predatory vs. preposterous policies at play in Mississippi?

Choosing to appease the insatiable desires of grasping businesses and consumers, politicians spew ever more promiscuous policies from our nation’s capital. As noted in recent columns, hindrances to unscrupulous businesses preying on consumers are diminishing while preposterous promises of succor to consumers are expanding. Predatory practices are the dark side of Republican pro-business policies on the one hand while preposterous ...

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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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