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HUNTER ESTES — Is government stopping you from getting your bottle of wine?

Mississippi’s laws that limit who can sell alcohol and where you can purchase it need to be modernized. Let me paint a picture with a short story: The year is 2020, on a sunny day you decide to stop by the grocery store on the way home to pick up a bottle of your favorite wine. Unfortunately for you, Mississippi ...

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Dr. Clyde Muse: Visionary educator and public servant

By ALAN TURNER I had the opportunity to talk with Dr. Clyde Muse, President of Hinds Community College since 1978, which makes him the longest-serving community college President in Mississippi history. Dr. Muse announced his retirement in December, and when we talked, he reminisced about his long tenure in Mississippi education. Muse refers to himself as “a man with a ...

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Pier 1, Kirkland’s to close some stores in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY At least two Pier 1 Imports stores in Mississippi, including the one at the intersection of Ridgewood Road and County Line Road in Ridgeland, will be among the 450 stores the chain will close. Kirkland’s, meantime, will close its store on the Jackson side of County Line Road by the end of March. Pier 1 announced that ...

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TODD SMITH — Amazon, Google and Netflix most loved brands in America

Amazon, Google and Netflix are the most loved brands in America, according to Morning Consult’s 2019 annual ranking of the brands that define our culture and commerce. To determine the latest rankings, Morning Consult analyzed over 400,000 survey interviews from Morning Consult Brand Intelligence, measuring consumer sentiment across favorability, trust, community impact, and Net Promoter Score. Amazon clocked in at ...

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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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