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Netflix, Comcast deal speeding up service, analyst says

Jeff Kagan, a veteran telecom industry analyst based in Atlanta, likes the arrangement Netflix and Comcast have reached. Here is what he has to say: Comcast and Netflix seem to have finally struck a deal that will benefit them both, and their customers. This is just one of many such deals that will have to be reached between a variety ...

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Equifax asks U.S. Supreme Court to review DOR tax method ruling

Calling the Mississippi appeals process a virtual local lock for the state’s Department of Revenue, Equifax Credit Information Services has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review last summer’s Mississippi Supreme Court decision upholding the method DOR used in taxing Equifax. In a Feb. 19 petition for certiorari, Equifax argues that the Mississippi tax appeals process all but ensures that ...

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Suspects decline to talk about Meredith statue vandalism

The University of Mississippi Police Department believes it has identified the individuals who recently vandalized a statue of James Meredith on the UM campus, but the suspects are not being cooperative. Three 19-year-old white male freshmen from Georgia were declining through their attorneys late yesterday to be questioned by university police regarding the vandalism Sunday morning of the Meredith statue, ...

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Agricultural & Livestock agents arrest Pickens men in cattle thefts

JACKSON, Mississippi — Agents of the Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau arrested two Pickens men Feb.10 on cattle rustling charges. The Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau (MALTB), the law enforcement division of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, said it anticipates additional arrests and charges in the future. Lead MALTB Investigator Mike McGowan, with assistance from the sheriff’s ...

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UPDATED: State's Chamber disputes DOR’s costs estimate on business tax bills

A price tag of $7.5 million this year and $25 million next year accompany a pair of pro-business tax apportionment bills that have cleared Mississippi’s House and Senate with overwhelming support. The Republican-sponsored measures, HB 799 and SB 2487, force the Department of Revenue’s to justify basing a multistate company’s taxes on revenue generated in the state. The measure also ...

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DOR issues advisory to businesses on Jackson's new higher sales tax

The new City of Jackson 1 percent sales tax goes into effect March 1 and applies to activities subject to the 7 percent (or more) retail sales tax with certain exceptions, including most groceries. Businesses should begin collecting the 1 percent additional tax from their customers on March 1. The Mississippi Department of Revenue advises that it is important for ...

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MDEQ: Claim of incomplete permit review for silicon plant a ‘guise’ by competitor

JACKSON, Mississippi — The head of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says an Alabama silicon manufacturer’s claim the state agency erred in granting an operating permit to competitor Mississippi Silicon Metals lacks merit. Selma-based Alabama Globe Metallurgical Inc. has asked for a formal evidentiary hearing before the MDEQ’s Permit Board. Trudy Fisher, MDEQ executive director, is not inclined to ...

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UWA sustains blow as Chattanooga's VW workers reject union by 86 votes

Volkswagen’s Chattanooga employees have spurned the United Auto Workers, rejecting two years of wooing by the Detroit-based union in a vote of 712 to 626, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports. The vote count came late Friday after three days of balloting by VW workers in the National Labor Relations Board-supervised election. Some experts said the result is a blow ...

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Tennessee legislators threaten VW's incentives over company's stance on union vote

The crusade by anti-union forces in Tennessee, including the state’s governor, is now as much a fight with Volkswagen management as with the United Auto Workers union, the Detroit Free Press reports. Not only are Republican legislators accusing Volkswagen of backing the UAW, but some of their leaders on Monday threatened to withhold tax incentives for future expansion of the ...

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Competitor of Miss. Silcon wants new review of Burnsville plant's emissions permit

SELMA, Alabama – An Alabama competitor of Mississippi Silicon Metals LLC has filed a petition to challenge the Mississippi Environmental Quality Permit granted for the company’s $200 million “greenfield” plant in Tishomingo County’s Burnsville. Globe Metallurgical, Inc. (GMI), which employs about 100 people at its silicon metal plant in Selma, filed the petition. GMI is one of North America’s largest ...

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