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New wave of retailers look to Jackson market

National retailers wagering they can lure Jackson shoppers to new and backfilled stores in Metro The recession’s retail casualties have left behind a lot of empty buildings around the country, giving surviving retailers a wide choice of vacant space. Considering what’s out there, it shows confidence in metro Jackson’s upside that the nationals are betting on the area by building ...

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Basu: Key is ‘stimulus, stimulus, stimulus’

With 2011 less than 60 days away, Mississippi’s builders and contractors must get accustomed to a less-than-inspiring prediction for next year’s business climate: ”Less worse but certainly not terrific.” “Less worse” came as close to actual encouragement as economist Anirban Basu could get in a presentation to several hundred members of the Mississippi Associated Builders and Contractors gathered at the ...

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It’s cheaper to be… fat

Sebelius: Healthy foods too expensive, lifestyles too sedentary Mississippi, by any measure, is the poorest state in the U.S. It’s also the fattest state. Those two dynamics feed off each other, and it’s not hard to discern why. Healthy food, fruits and vegetables and anything grown organically, is expensive. Food loaded in sodium and saturated fats, food that has been ...

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Hospital chief to enhance communication

New DRMC chief of staff seeks to bring doctors, administrators together Dr. Maroun Hayek has been practicing oncology at Delta Regional Medical Center’s Delta Cancer Institute for 11 years. He’s about to get a taste of the administrative side. Hayek, 45, took over as chief of staff at the hospital Nov. 1. He’ll continue to see patients, but his role ...

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Ross attends meeting, leave of absence still in effect

IHL board member is expected to make group’s next meeting In late October, West Point mayor and College Board member Scott Ross took a leave of absence from his mayor’s post. Details of why Ross took leave or if he would be paid while he took it have been sketchy, but he was back last Tuesday night presiding over a ...

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Hunting up funding

Outdoor activity study offers good news, but raises concerns A new survey of hunting, fishing and outdoor activities in Mississippi shows the state recoups its 73-year investment in wildlife habitat restoration nearly six times over every year. But, money woes threaten this phenomenal return on investment. Concerns are high that funding shortfalls might bag the goose that laid the golden ...

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Christmas tree crop good, but …

Drought could have impact down the road The state’s Christmas tree crop is looking good this year. However, the 2014 holiday season could see some consumers going the artificial tree route — out of necessity. The drought that gripped the entire state from August through October dealt a blow to young Christmas trees. Growers are almost certain to eventually see ...

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Law and the deal

Mergers and Acquisitions attorneys need broad skill set Successful attorneys practicing in the area of mergers and acquisitions need a broad skill set, not all of which are taught in law school. An understanding of the business side of the deal is just as important as the legal end, attorneys say. The current lawsuit filed against the proposed sale of ...

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Supporters to detail progress in hunt for Jackson arena

Tuesday presentation at Jackson Convention Complex to address range of initiative issues The idea of an arena for downtown Jackson returns to the spotlight from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.Tuesday with a social hour and presentation at the Jackson Convention Complex. The campaign for a downtown arena has been seen as largely dormant in recent months. But the initiative of ...

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St. Dominic hopes brand will spur retail growth

Already strong brand name should help as hospital venture begins with Wal-Mart locations St. Dominic Hospital is counting on its strong brand recognition to carry its first venture into the retail healthcare market. On Nov. 8, St. Dominic’s will open “The Clinic at Walmart” in the Pearl supercenter. The reasons behind the jump into retail healthcare, said a St. Dominic’s official ...

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