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TODD SMITH — Wegmans, Amazon have best corporate reputations

Brands must constantly polish their image and shine their reputations. And brands must be constantly vigilant to moves that can dent their identity. Just ask Facebook about what privacy concerns and unauthorized use of customer data can do, or Boeing about how a faulty computer system can wreck a reputation. One scandal, fraud or flaw can taint an image for ...

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Filmmaking rebate requires ‘roots’ in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY A key incentive in the state’s film industry was allowed to expire two years ago after research by a legislative committee showed that 51 cents of every taxpayer dollar produced only 49 cents. In other words, it was investment loser. So the rebate of 25 percent on payroll for out-of-state cast and crew was allowed to sunset ...

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Shooting range opens at Sardis

By JACK WEATHERLY The McIvor Shooting Facility opened near Sardis adjacent to the Charles Ray Nix Wildlife Management Area on Saturday as a $4 million public-private investment. The 400-acre McIvor facility is a state-of-the-art resource for the state’s firearm enthusiasts, and it is the result of three years of planning, design and construction by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Can lesser knowns keep favored candidates from saving us?

First a correction. Last week I wrote there are 13 candidates for governor; instead there are 14. I left out Constitution Party candidate Bob Hickingbottom. My apologies. The Associated Press labeled most of these as “lesser known candidates.” While it is unlikely a lesser known candidate will win a party nomination, this is Mississippi where lesser knowns surprise us. Remember ...

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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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