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TODD SMITH — Americans support local news relief in Coronavirus era

The meltdown of the economy in the wake of the coronavirus is slamming an already trampled financial chapter for local news organizations – especially local newspapers. While Americans are not overly concerned about the effect of the downturn on local news in their area, they do support financial assistance for local news organizations as part of COVID-19 relief legislation. At ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — News from the backyard: bluebirds!

Our backyard is an aviary. No, make that a sanctuary. The birds are free to come and go as they please. And there are plenty of them, a wide variety. (I won’t use that ruined word, “diversity.”) We feed them and provide a birdbath, so they hang around. Oh, yes, this is what a business writer can do when he’s ...

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Walmart hires in Mississippi grow during COVID-19

By LYNN LOFTON As one of the state’s leading employers, Walmart has a total of 85 retail outlets that includes 65 super centers, three discount stores, 10 neighborhood markets and seven Sam’s Clubs in Mississippi. As of January 31, the company had 23,313 employees. No exact figures were available for Mississippi, but that number has undoubtedly grown due to the ...

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BRETT KITTREDGE — Now more than ever, allow cottage food operators to earn as much as they can

The cottage food industry is a popular and growing slice of Mississippi’s economy. But as is usually the case, the state has not kept up with consumer demands in new markets and current laws are holding entrepreneurs in Mississippi back. Of course, we are using the word “new” loosely. People have been selling food they make at home longer than ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Economic development Q&A

May is the month of graduations and the month that the week of economic development is recognized nationally and in Mississippi. Graduates who are considering a career in economic development often ask the questions listed below. First, what is economic development? It is the process of increasing the wealth of a community. Some definitions refine it by adding things like, ...

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Mississippi ‘safer at home’ order expires amid pandemic

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves’ “safer at home” order to slow the spread of the new coronavirus expired Monday morning. Some businesses are still easing into reopening with sanitation and social distancing restrictions in place. Tattoo parlors were allowed to reopen during the weekend, and casinos are preparing to start reopening Thursday. Many high schools have been holding commencement ceremonies with ...

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Technological advances in electronic security systems growing exponentially

By NASH NUNNERY While the world waits out the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, the business of protecting Mississippians and their property proceeds without interruption. By the time you finish reading this paragraph, at least one home in the U.S. has been burglarized. According to statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a home burglary occurs every 13 seconds. Approximately 2.3 to ...

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CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS — How to protect yourself, your co-workers, and your patients

By BECKY GILLETTE Healthcare data breaches reached record levels in April 2019, with 44 attacks affecting nearly 687,000 people. Security breaches can lead to serious consequences, including complete system or network shutdown and life-and-death situations. Much like we encourage patients to practice good personal hygiene to promote health and well-being, healthcare organizations and nurses must practice good cyber hygiene. Cybersecurity ...

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Hackers and phishers haven’t taken a COVID-19 break and continue to be a major threat

By BECKY GILLETTE The past couple months have seen a huge shift towards people working remotely in order to stem the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Despite widespread business disruption, hackers, spammers and phishers have not let up on efforts to wreak havoc on businesses. “A hacker’s job is to hack,” said Marti Jordan, Ph.D., FNP-BC, a visiting assistant ...

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