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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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Cal-Maine sees shares fade, places major free-range bet

By JACK WEATHERLY Cal-Maine Foods Inc. reported on Monday net income of $39.8 million, or 82 cents per share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2019. The Jackson-based company’s net sales for the quarter were $384 million, an 11.9 percent decrease from $435.8 million for the year-earlier period, the company said in a release. The fiscal 2018 third quarter saw ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Issues can be wild cards in competitive governor’s race

Which of the 13 candidates for governor of Mississippi are you for? Huh? There are 13? Yep, three Republicans, nine Democrats, and one independent. As the Associated Press explained, “The top of the ticket for Mississippi’s 2019 statewide election could feature the most competitive governor’s race since 2003, but a dearth of strong Democratic candidates down the ballot shows the ...

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Coast sees rising visits as it rebrands region as a ‘secret’ to discover

By TED CARTER Hey, look down here. We’re the Mississippi coast. Coastal Mississippi’s visitor and convention bureau officials have revamped their promotion efforts to recognize a shortcoming they say has become far too clear: Too few potential visitors know about the Magnolia State’s 62 miles of white sand shoreline. Coastal competitors don’t seem to share the same obscurity, says Coastal ...

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Harris helps minority and women-owned business owners across the state

By BECKY GILLETTE Carol S. Harris was employed as a loan officer with Trustmark National Bank before going to work as a Housing Development Officer with the Mississippi Home Corporation, the housing finance agency for Mississippi, where she assisted Community Housing Development Organizations to fund and build more than 1,200 homes annually for low- to moderate-income residents. It was while ...

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TODD SMITH – Streaming service subscription fatigue hits consumers

We live in an increasingly prevalent on demand, streaming world to keep us entertained when and where we want, on any device we want – from traditional TV sets to tablets to smart phones to laptops. But in the constant quest to have everything on demand at our fingertips, we have become ensnared in a tangled web of booming subscription ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Bryant should veto dark money bill

“Transparency is critical to fair government,” Gov. Phil Bryant, a longtime champion of transparency and accountability in government, once said. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann also promoted transparency when he proposed revamping Mississippi election laws in 2016. As WTOK-TV in Meridian reported: “Who’s dealing out money to candidates? And which ones are taking it? The Mississippi Secretary of State intends ...

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