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Getting an update on ‘all things tech’ — Technology conference in Ridgeland a chance for accountants to catch up on the latest

Technology continues to evolve, and professionals such as accountants and certified public accountants need to stay on top of it in order to have the best tools for doing their work while safeguarding their clients’ financial information. A good opportunity for boning up on technology changes is the Mississippi Society for CPA Technology Conference for Accountants in May 19-20 in ...

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Sanderson Plumbing Products to begin sizable layoffs next week

COLUMBUS, Mississippi — Three-quarters of the 230-person workforce at bankrupt toilet seat maker Sanderson Plumbing Products will be out of a job by the middle of next weel unless an investor steps in with money to keep the company running. The layoffs likely would have occurred already but for a federally required 60-day plant closing notice that expires April 29. ...

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Mississippi ranked 14th in Rich States/Poor States Index

ARLINGTON, Va. — A new report on economic competitiveness ranks Mississippi 14th in the nation. The findings were released Tuesday by the American Legislative Exchange Council. The Rich States, Poor States report looks as 15 basic economic policies and how legislative action and state regulations affect them from state-to-state. Those include various tax rates, regulatory burdens and labor policies. The ...

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Tate Reeves to take part in CCIM panel on ‘State of Commercial Real Estate’

Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves will join a panel of commercial real estate professionals Thursday for a discussion titled “The State of Commercial Real Estate.” The Mississippi Chapter of CCIM forum is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Realtor Association building at 4274 Lakeland Drive, Flowood. Brian Estes, 2014 president of the Mississippi CCIM, will moderate the discussion. Joining ...

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Man who sent ricin-laced letters to be sentenced

A Tupelo man is facing sentencing, wrapping up one of the most bizarre cases ever tried. A federal judge has set a May 14 sentencing date for James Everett Dutschke, who pleaded guilty to making ricin and sending letters dusted with the poison to President Barack Obama and other officials. Dutschke will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in ...

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Jindal’s least favorite billboard up for one more week – at least

BATON Rouge, Louisiana — A delay in a federal court ruling Wednesday assures that Louisiana’s governor must live at least another week with that bothersome MoveOn.org sign on Interstate 10 just outside Baton Rouge. The sign ridicules the Republican governor for refusing to expand Medicaid health insurance to more than 240,000 of the Bayou State’s working poor. In the meantime, ...

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State to end sales tax on interest paid on store-financed merchandise

Toting the note just got easier for Mississippi car dealers and other merchants who finance their customers’ purchases. Gov. Phil Bryant’s signing of House Bill 260 Tuesday puts a July 1 end to sales taxes on interest and other finance charges at buy-here-pay-here retail locations, including auto dealerships and furniture and appliance stores that arrange installment payments on items they ...

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Deadline set for offers on Tupelo’s Lane Furniture plant

  June 19 is the deadline that has been set for offers on bankrupt Furniture Brand’s 430,000 square-foot manufacturing/distribution facility and data center in Tupelo. Property disposition specialist Hilco Real Estate is marketing the Tupelo plant along with 16 Furniture Brands properties involved in the Furniture Brands International bankruptcy case. The portfolio of Thomasville and Lane real estate ranges from ...

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Treasurer Fitch: Today's pepaid college program restart will help erase shortfall

By Lynn Fitch The Board of Directors for the College Savings Plans of Mississippi voted Monday to reopen Mississippi’s Prepaid Affordable College Tuition program (MPACT) for new enrollees beginning in fall 2014. The decision to reopen MPACT brings full circle a process the Board and the State Treasurer’s Office began 18 months ago. In 2012, the Board decided to defer ...

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