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Farm Bureau joins Joe Gibbs Racing

One of Mississippi’s most recognized names in the insurance industry is joining with one of NASCAR’s premier racing teams for the 2008 season. Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance Company (SFBLI), headquartered in Jackson, has partnered with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), and will serve as the primary sponsor for the team’s No. 18 Toyota Camry in six NASCAR Nationwide Series races ...

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Wide open race for Wicker’s First District seat in Congress

Perhaps more than any in Mississippi in recent memory, the First Congressional District has benefited from its congressman having gained some seniority in Washington, leading to plum committee appointments like the one Roger Wicker held on the Appropriations Committee. Before Wicker, Jamie Whitten was one of the most powerful congressmen in D.C. Wicker (R-Tupelo) now is Mississippi’s interim senator, filling ...

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Economic developers paying close attention in Third District

The First Congressional District is not the only area of Mississippi that will have a new congressman come this time next year. Since the mid 1990s Chip Pickering has represented the Third District, which runs southwest from Starkville to McComb to the Mississippi-Louisiana line. Pickering will retire when this term expires early next year. Nine candidates have qualified to participate ...

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No. 1 business lesson after recent storms? Have a plan

The night of February 5 will be hard to forget for many in North Mississippi. A potent storm system spawned numerous tornadoes, high winds and hail, destroying and damaging numerous homes and businesses, downing power lines and trees and generally disrupting life and work across the region. Nearly 20 Mississippians were injured, and more than 300 homes were damaged, including ...

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Supreme Court affirms November 4 U.S. Senate showdown

The election to fill the seat of retired U.S. Sen. Trent Lott will take place November 4. The Mississippi Supreme Court handed down its decision February 6 after more than a month of legal wrangling between Gov. Haley Barbour and Attorney General Jim Hood. Barbour originally set the election date for November after he received Lott’s official resignation last December. ...

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Tougaloo College hosting 20th-annual Business Luncheon

On February 22, Tougaloo College will hold its annual Business Luncheon at the Jackson Hilton and Convention Center. It will mark the event’s 20th anniversary, and backers of the program know why it has become a mainstay of business calendars. More than 500 business, professional and political leaders attend the luncheon each year. “It’s just a great program,” says Kimberly ...

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Consumer-driven healthcare on horizon

Gov. Haley Barbour’s Health Insurance Summit February 5 focused on the difficulty employees of small businesses in Mississippi have in acquiring and retaining health insurance. In response to that challenge, Barbour has proposed a health insurance exchange, which will centralize health insurers and providers and empower consumers and patients to choose their policies and plans from that list. The idea, ...

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Participants hit ground running in Small Business Boot Camp

Editor’s note: This story is the second in a series following the progress of Small Business Boot Camp participants. Tina Baggett has a hard time finding a courier service in her job as a buyer for a large furniture maker. It is not uncommon to need a part for an assembly-line machine, locate it and not be able to get ...

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