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BILL CRAWFORD — Will new GOP primary voters make difference in runoff?

Roughly 95,000 more Mississippians voted in the Republican primary this year than four years ago, a 34% increase. This pushed Republican turnout over Democratic turnout for the first time. These new GOP primary voters could noticeably impact the August 27th runoffs. So, where did they come from? Well, not from the big 12 Republican counties that typically dominate primaries. Comparing ...

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UPDATED: Sweetie Pie’s finally arrives, and is already gone

By JACK WEATHERLY Long time coming. Gone so soon? That is the story thus far in the saga of Sweetie Pie’s restaurant in Jackson. The soul-food eatery opened to a throng of people on Thursday. And it closed Friday morning. Why? Too much business is the stated reason. The chain started in St. Louis, expanded to Houston, flirted with Memphis ...

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Engineering schools in Mississippi produce graduates vital to state’s work force

By BECKY GILLETTE Mississippi industries have a big demand for workers with engineering degrees, a fact that puts graduates from engineering schools in the state in a good position to land jobs that earn far above the state’s average salaries. The largest engineering school is the state is the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University (MSU), which had ...

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Seven state community colleges provide two-year engineering degrees

By BECKY GILLETTE Editor’s note: The three community colleges referred to in this article are among seven in the state that offer engineering degrees. Some of the best paying jobs in Mississippi and elsewhere are in engineering, and many of the state’s community and junior colleges provide an affordable path to get a degree that can prepare them to go ...

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MSU engineering professors investigating how to increase the number of women in STEM fields

By BECKY GILLETTE There has been a talent shortage in Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) fields over the past decade and economic projections show an even greater demand for STEM professionals in the near future. Economic forecasts predict that the United States will have a shortfall of about 1 million STEM professionals over the next decade. But in the U.S., ...

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Free market approach proposed for medicinal marijuana program in Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE When Mississippi launched its casino industry in 1992, it decided to use the free market approach rather than having only a limited number of licenses available. An initiative for a proposed constitutional amendment to set up a medical marijuana program in Mississippi takes a similar free-market approach. “We are coming later to the game, but there are ...

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UMMC says research into CBD oil for children with seizures showing great promise

By BECKY GILLETTE Research is being done at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) and the UM School of Pharmacy on the effect of the cannabis-derived medicine cannabidiol (CBD) on children with seizures. An initial six-month CBD trial UMMC received a one-year extension in late July. CBD is a non-psychoactive chemical compound derived from cannabis. CBD doesn’t impair thinking ...

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Martin proud to be a part of ‘No. 1 health-care job’ in America

By NASH NUNNERY Every now and then, Steve Martin still hears (and reads) the name of his profession butchered verbally and in print. The term “physician’s assistant” is a misnomer. PAs are not assistants to physicians. Martin is a professor and program director for the Mississippi College Department of Physician Assistant Studies, the only PA program in the state of ...

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MISSISSIPPI PROFILES — FCCI: A commitment to communities and people

Recently, I talked with Tiffany Hawkins, Regional Vice President for FCCI’s Gulf Coast region, to get an overview of the company and how it has grown through the years. As one of the region’s larger commercial insurers, with over $2.4 billion in assets, FCCI works through a network of agencies that are grounded and committed to their communities and clients. ...

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