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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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Swooning film industry awaits outcome of incentive revival effort

By JACK WEATHERLY The movie industry in Mississippi has dropped precipitously since a key incentive was allowed to sunset on July 1, 2017. But legislation to restore that incentive – a cash rebate of 25 percent of the payroll for out-of-state cast and crew members – has made it to the final stages of approval with strong support in both ...

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Mississippi Aquarium spurs development in downtown Gulfport

By LISA MONTI The $93 million Mississippi Aquarium is coming out of the ground on the East Beach service road in Gulfport, on track to open late this year or by early 2020. The attraction is expected to draw as many as 500,000 visitors a year and generate $340 million in annual revenue. It’s also gotten the attention of  developers, ...

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