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TODD SMITH — Biggest brand, PR & reputation blunders in 2015 2.0

The Spin Cycle has reflected and contemplated the biggest challenges and blunders on how companies, organizations and people handled their brands, reputations and crisis management in 2015. There were some pretty epic PR blunders last year! Last we explored Nos 10-5. This week, The Spin Cycle reviews the Top 5 PR bloopers of 2015 from PR Newser: 5. Starbucks Race ...

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Butler Snow adds office at Asia’s front door

Ridgeland’s Butler Snow has extended its international reach into Asia, opening an office in Singapore and virtual office in Hong Kong to serve ultra-wealthy residents and businesses within the Pacific Rim. The expansion adds to 18 offices the 300-lawyer firm has throughout the U.S. and London. The  Singapore office will provide U.S. tax and estate planning advice to ultra-high net worth families ...

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Bumper US jobs figures give stock markets further lift

American employers added a robust 292,000 jobs in December, suggesting that the U.S. economy is so far defying global weakness and growing solidly. The strong figures underscore the resilience of the United States at a time of financial turmoil stemming from China’s slowing economy and plummeting stock market. Most economists expect U.S. consumer spending to continue to offset overseas weakness, ...

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BankFirst names community chief for Newton, surrounding markets

COLUMBUS – BankFirst has named Douglas S. Whittle as community president for the newly acquired Mississippi markets of Newton, Scott and Jasper counties. Whittle replaces the retiring William Freeman, who will continue to serve BankFirst as a member of the Board of Directors. Whittle is currently the executive vice president of the former Newton County Bank which BankFirst acquired earlier ...

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Bryant reappoints Charlotte Corley banking commissioner

Gov. Phil Bryant has reappointed veteran banking regulator Charlotte Corley as banking commissioner. Bryant first appointed Corley, a Gulfport native and 30-year veteran of the Department of Banking & Consumer Finance, to head the department in November 2014. She replaced Jerry Wilson after his retirement. Wilson had taken over for longtime commissioner John Allison. Corley has been a banking regulator ...

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TODAY ON WALL STREET — Mining companies lead stocks lower in afternoon trading

NEW YORK — U.S. stocks are sliding Thursday after a big rally the day before. Mining companies fell along with the price of gold and copper, while a proposed Congressional budget deal sent solar power companies higher. Indexes jumped Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates for the first time in nearly a decade. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones ...

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Cadence hikes its prime rate after Fed action

Responding to the Federal Reserve raising its benchmark interest rate, Cadence Bank will increase its prime rate from 3.25 percent to 3.50 percent, effective Friday. The Houston-based privately held bank formally headquarterd in Starkville said its rate hike followed the Fed  Board of Governor’s unanimous approval of an increase between 0.25 percent and 0.50 percent, an increase from near zero. ...

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Education, health, prisons face cuts in FY17 budget draft

Mississippi’s top budget writers are recommending spending cuts to schools, universities, community colleges, prisons, Medicaid, and mental health and human services for the coming year. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee met Tuesday and approved an initial blueprint for fiscal 2017, which begins July 1. The blueprint recommends how to spend nearly $6.2 billion in state money. That’s a 1.6 percent ...

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IKE TROTTER — The nuts and bolts of sound planning

Sound economic planning today is about developing a framework to the issues affecting our basic financial needs. And normally, different issues will surface at different stages in our lives. After all, who can argue that a married person 35 years of age with small children will face financial issues fundamentally different than one who is 60 to 70 years of ...

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