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Veteran journalist Frank Brown joins staff of MBJ

Frank Brown started at the Mississippi Business Journal Oct. 2, coming from the Huntsville Times in Alabama, where he had served an online editor and page designer since 2005. Before that, Brown served as the executive editor of the Delta Democrat Times in Greenville. He spent 20 years at the Clarion-Ledger in Jackson before his time at the DDT. Brown ...

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Choctaw, Webster and Montgomery counties plan development partnership

When plans for a regional economic development organization in the Golden Triangle were unveiled last month, there was talk that similar set-ups would start to appear in other parts of Mississippi. Since Sept. 14, two have been made public. Chickasaw County officials decided in late September that they would pursue a partnership with Pontotoc and Union counties. Last Monday afternoon, ...

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Analysis: Coffee, tea and punditry from Barbour

In some scenarios, Haley Barbour would have been traveling the United States these days as the Republican nominee for president. Instead, he’s on the sidelines doing what he does best — dispensing political advice for GOP loyalists. Since finishing his second term as Mississippi governor in January, Barbour has been in demand as a talk show pundit, and for the ...

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The presidential debates: Game, set, match?

The suspense is so intense you can cut it with a knife. The atmosphere as we move through the month of presidential debates is more riveting than the Super Bowl, The World Series and the NBA Championship game combined. At least that is the case if you are an even marginally engaged political junkie. What makes these 2012 debates take ...

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Compton dedicated to improving the economy in Hancock County

Kim Compton didn’t just fall into economic development on her way to or from another career. She chose it. After completing a degree in economics from Millsaps College in 1990, she entered the master’s program in economic development at the University of Southern Mississippi. Now she serves as director of economic development with the Hancock County Development Commission, a position ...

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Health summit a tool for small business

Mark A. McComb is a pretty smart guy. As associate professor of management sciences at Mississippi College, he knows a little more than the average guy about our nation’s health care system. He also is aware that many are not ready for implementation of parts of the Affordable Heath Care Act that are scheduled for 2014. But don’t expect a ...

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MSU in negotiations with new developer for CottonMill

Mississippi State University and a Golden Triangle developer have until early January to either come to an agreement for the development of the area around the school’s old physical plant building — or go their separate ways. Mark Castleberry, owner of Columbus-based Castle Properties, was one of three respondents to a request for proposals the school issued in early August ...

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Analysis of Medicaid expansion under final review

Economic experts are reviewing a completed state study examining the fiscal implications for Mississippi in expanding Medicaid rolls under federal Affordable Care Act. In the balance is an infusion of $9 billion of federal money into Mississippi’s health care sector to help fund an expansion of Medicaid eligibly to include at least 250,000 low-and-moderate-income working people. The added Medicaid eligibility ...

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Meadowbrook McRae’s building sits mostly empty, but full of potential

The old McRae’s building on Meadowbrook Drive in Jackson has sat mostly vacant since 2005, save for a small clothing store and a cash advance place. Just under 68,000 square feet of the total 86,000 square feet sits empty. An advocacy organization for the Fondren neighborhood has renewed its hopes that development of the building could turn north Fondren’s business ...

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When will all students be able to receive an excellent education?

One day, all children in this nation will have an opportunity to attain an excellent education. When is that day? One day, all children in Mississippi will have an opportunity to attain an excellent education. When is that day? One day, all children in Jackson, Greenville, Clarksdale, Tupelo, Meridian, Hattiesburg, Biloxi and your community will have an opportunity to attain ...

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