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JUSTIN KELLY — 5 mistakes to avoid in retirement

After a lifetime of planning and saving, you’re finally on the verge of retirement. However, retirement planning doesn’t stop just because you’re beginning to draw income from your investments. As you embark on this exciting new chapter of your life, keep your retirement goals on track by avoiding these common pitfalls: 1. Claiming Social Security Too Early It may be ...

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REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK: Carlson book torpedoes the opposition

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com Tucker Carlson is the star of the network that dominates the cable world. His ascendancy coincides with the election of Donald Trump as president. Aha! Lacky for the madman. Not so fast, my friend, as football commentator Lee Corso likes to say. Carlson is a member of an endangered species: rational man. He knows logical arguments, ...

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MISSISSIPPI PROFILES: Canopy Children’s Solutions

  I talked recently with Dr. John Damon, CEO of Canopy Children’s Solutions, about Canopy and its mission. The organization has a long history of helping kids and familes deal with behavioral health issues, having been founded in 1912 as the Mississippi Children’s Home. John first joined Canopy as a therapist in 1993, and through the years, served as their CARES ...

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Boxx: State fares well at Internet trading

By CALLIE DANIELS BRYANT mbj@msbusiness.com Mississippi exports around $11 billion internationally, and the Mississippi Development Authority’s International Trade Office director Rose Boxx wants to increase those numbers. “In my opinion,” she said, “Mississippi has fared very well internationally. We have a very aggressive trade promotion program in our state, especially considering the size of Mississippi in comparison to other Southern ...

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TODD SMITH — Trust in institutions rose in 2018 according to new survey

Trust in institutions, such as businesses, NGOs, and government, rose in the U.S. and globally, according to Edelman’s 2019 Trust Barometer. The public’s overall trust in the U.S. increased six points year-over-year to 49 percent on Edelman’s Trust Index, teetering on a neutral rating (50 percent to 59 percent). Trust for the informed public jumped 15 points to 60 percent, ...

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CRAWFORD: Moving to market based testing in high schools makes sense

Rep. Tom Miles of Forest is on to something. With regard to tests required for high school graduation, he wants to move from an education bureaucracy based approach to a market based approach. A little background. The federal No Child Left Behind Act was replaced by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Both have required public schools to implement intensive ...

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Developers propose upscale lodge, conference center for Franklin County

A public-private consortium on Friday announced a proposal for a 200-room lodge, 1,000-person conference center and related amenities on 150 acres in the Homochitto National Forest near Lake Okhissa in southwest Mississippi. The land purchase was authorized following Congress’ passage of the farm bill last month and gives the Scenic Rivers Development Alliance, a coalition of local governments in five ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Snyder, Foster open door to constructive conservatism

There is political language used to divide us. There is political language used to unite us. Our founding fathers utilized the language of unity. “E Pluribus Unum,” the motto emblazoned on the Great Seal of the United States of America, means “out of many, one.”  “We the people” in the preamble to the Constitution intones unity of purpose. Indeed, the ...

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