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BILL CRAWFORD — It’s not Socialism unless we say it is

Antidisestablishmentarianism. Yes, it really is a word. Back in the day we thought we were something because we could spell what we thought to be the longest word in the dictionary. Didn’t really know what it meant, but we had the spelling down. It’s one of the many isms of little popularity today in contrast to those that never fade, ...

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FLOODS AND TARIFFS — Farmers fight nature and trade war to keep heads above water

By JACK WEATHERLY Even with the latest federal “bailout,” the best outlook is break-even for Mississippi row-crop farmers who have been hammered by Chinese tariffs and inundated by flooding, says Dr. Josh Maples, assistant professor of agricultural economics at Mississippi State University. Prices for soybeans were low at the beginning of the year. Then came the floods that swamped roughly ...

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The Faulkner turns to back pages of family, downtown history

By JACK WEATHERLY As you might imagine, a great-nephew of William Faulkner has a story or two. Thomas W. “Buddy” Faulkner bought the five-story building at 518 Capitol St. in 1993 out of foreclosure. “I love old buildings, so it was a no-brainer,” said Faulkner, an architect who now lives in Chattanooga, but is a former resident of Jackson. He ...

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Stop the Bleed campaign turns bystanders into first responders

By BECKY GILLETTE Two surgeons at the University of Mississippi Medical Center who are accustomed to seeing human blood and trauma are working to promote empowering people without formal medical training to save lives by stopping profuse bleeding. Dr. Felicitas Koller, assistant professor of transplant surgery, and Dr. Shuntaye Batson, associate professor of surgery, are faculty advisers who are helping ...

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TODD SMITH — Tech, telecom & wheels, oh, my, rule top 50 brands

What’s in a brand? The good ones smell sweeter than a rose, to borrow from the famous William Shakespeare line. Brands – and names – are big business, and getting bigger by the year. Companies spend copious amounts of time, positioning and money to build their brand identities and establish their brand voice – especially the big consumer companies. Recently, ...

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Mississippi Capitol hosts funeral of former US Sen. Cochran

Flags in Mississippi are flying at half-staff to honor a Republican former U.S. senator who brought billions of dollars to the state. The first of two funeral services for Thad Cochran is taking place Monday at the Mississippi Capitol in Jackson. The second is on Tuesday at a church in the city. Cochran was 81 when he died Thursday in ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Debate strategy puts lid on issues

Important issues in the Republican primary for governor are getting short shrift. The second Republican gubernatorial debate is scheduled for June 7th at Southwest Community College in Summit. Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will again be a no-show. He skipped the first one held April 2nd at Mississippi State University too. His absence kept the first debate off television and, apparently, ...

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Types of jobs in banking expected to change with increasing adoption of artificial intelligence

By BECKY GILLETTE A hot topic in banking circles is how much artificial intelligence (AI) will impact employment in the banking industry. One study reported in American Banker magazine predicts that 70 percent of front-office jobs will be replaced by chatbots, voice assistants and automated authentication and biometric technology. And steep job losses are also predicted for financial management, compliance ...

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Liberty Bank is the only black-owned bank operating in Mississippi

By BECKY GILLETTE While Mississippi’s population is 37 percent black, there is only one black-owned bank operating in the state, Liberty Bank and Trust Company. “We have a saying, ‘We are more than just a bank’,” said Ann D. Duplessis, senior vice president, retail banking, Liberty Bank and Trust Company. “We truly believe in providing access to capital to strengthen ...

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