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MDA, MSU will try to revive ‘tired’ stripcenters

A retail trend that started right after the end of World War II has become a modern problem, and the Mississippi Development Authority is starting the process of finding a solution. Stripcenters, retail clusters that could feature everything from supermarkets to department stores, were one of the most visible products of the post-war U.S. economic development boom. >>> SEE FULL ...

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Jackson councilman wants insurance mandate on certain convenience stores

The liability insurance Jackson City Councilman Kenneth Stokes wants to require of convenience stores in the city that sell alcoholic beverages may make the premises safer from mishaps such as slip-and-falls. But don’t look for it to lessen the likelihood of violent incidents – or to even cover customers injured by violence, insurance professionals say. >>> SEE FULL STORY <<<

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Vicksburg’s business community returning to some normalcy

The first week of May, business owners along Vicksburg’s Washington Street corridor were preparing for the Mississippi River to unleash a flood the likes of which the city hadn’t seen since 1927. They were also preparing for a slow-to-non-existent summer tourist season. Nearly three months later, the water has receded, and the bulk of the summer has passed. The results ...

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Rice farmers in line for Bayer settlement

Mississippi rice farmers can start lining up for money from a recent $750-million, multi-state settlement with Bayer CropScience involving the accidental release of genetically modified rice in the U.S. food chain that negatively impacted sales to foreign markets. But while the settlement is welcome relief, some rice producers are expressing regret that the case ever went to trial and the ...

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Guys who remade ‘Raiders’ film look for investors

The Mississippi guys who made a shot-for-shot remake of Steven Spielberg’s “Raiders of the Lost Ark” as teenagers are now at the “just add money” stage for an original action-adventure film they want to make in the state. In 1982, at the age of 11, Gulfport resident Chris Strompolos called school acquaintance Eric Zala and hatched a plot to remake ...

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Pleasant surprise: Businesses unaware of MDES’ E-Verify service

The business community had serious concerns back in 2008 when the Mississippi Employment Protection Act was signed into law. The legislation requires companies to use the E-Verify system to screen employees to ensure they are legal. Noncompliance means stiff, potentially business-killing penalties. Now, the business community seems largely unaware — and pleasantly surprised — that the Mississippi Department of Employment ...

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Hinds CC film program starts in August

Hinds Community College is ready to help with film industry workforce development by giving students the hands-on experience they need for employment in the film and video industry. Hinds will kick off its new film and video technology program at its Rankin campus in August, making it the only two-year college in Mississippi to offer film courses. >>> SEE COMPLETE ...

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Tradeoff: Jobs or property rights? Mississippians must settle issue

Mississippians cheered the arrival of big league economic development this decade with Nissan’s arrival in Canton and Toyota pending move into Blue Springs. But a property rights movement is working to blunt the enthusiasm for more economic bonanzas — at least if state incentives include offering the mega employers private property the state would seize through eminent domain. The Mississippi ...

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