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Half Shell Oyster House plan approved for downtown Madison

By JACK WEATHERLY Shucking the oyster on a long-anticipated arrival of a seafood restaurant in Madison is within reach. The city recently approved a site plan for a Half Shell Oyster House as a key element of an 18-acre mixed-use development. Plans by another developer fell through after the mayor and board of aldermen approved that site in 2017.   ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Trump and the ‘battle for our better angels’

What better time than now to discuss, as historian Jon Meacham titles his latest book, “The Soul of America”? After all, we now have the completion of the report from special counsel Robert Meuller on the Trump administration regarding widespread speculation that the president conspired with the Russians to influence the 2016 election. Meuller found no conspiracy and thus no ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — A cocktail party guide to Presidential pardons

Our Cocktail Party constitutional law series continues with an overview of presidential pardons. We attempt to introduce a modicum of objectivity into the discussion to temper the propaganda flowing from CNN. Why the interest? Despite innuendo from the liberal press, President Trump’s use of the pardon pen has been uncharacteristically restrained. After more than two years in office, he has ...

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Mississippi’s credit-card debt on rise even in strong economy

By JACK WEATHERLY Credit-card debt is at its highest point in the United States since the severe recession that ended at the end of 2008, according to WalletHub. American consumers started 2018 owing more than $1 trillion in credit-card debt and added another $67 billion, the personal finance website reported, citing data from the Federal Reserve and TransUnion, a credit ...

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ALAN TURNER — Help us spread the good news about Mississippi’s great people, businesses, and institutions

A frequent complaint that most media people hear is “you only publish bad news.” It’s certainly true that not all news is good news, and covering important issues and topics is one our our key jobs. With that said, we’d like to talk about some of the good news that we regularly publish for our readers and viewers. The Mississippi ...

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Integrated Teller Machine in New Hebron well received, Peoples says

By BECKY GILLETTE Peoples Bank, a small community bank that is based in Mendenhall, prides itself on having personal relationships with its customers. Often tellers know the names of customers, and might even ask about their family. So, at first glance, it might appear that a “video teller” installed in New Hebron would be more impersonal than a traditional bank ...

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TODD SMITH — Digital local news is increasingly desired by audiences

Folks prefer to catch the news via digital media, according to new research into audience habits in the digital age. Nearly as many Americans today prefer to get their local news online as they do so through TV, according to a new Pew Research Center survey of 34,897 U.S. adults conducted Oct. 15-Nov. 8, 2018, on the Center’s American Trends ...

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Braves want to win hearts as 15th anniversary season begins

By TED CARTER A Wikipedia report has it that at least a dozen Jackson Mets players wed young ladies they met while in Jackson. That’s a lot of love. That the game was played on a diamond probably didn’t hurt. And with both love and baseball blooming in the spring, the Mississippi Braves are throwing in a diamond ring of ...

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A Shuck Nation is born as Biloxi Shuckers embark on 4th year

By TED CARTER A Shucker uprising at the turnstiles requires a Shuck Nation. So goes the thinking from the winter brain storming of the Biloxi Shuckers on strategies for filling up MGM Park, the baseball venue adjoining MGM’s Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. The idea is to make the product stickier. In the Shuckers new world, you make “sticky”  by ...

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