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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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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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Retailers ready to see rebate shopping spree

After Congress and the White House reach a final agreement outlining the terms of an economic stimulus package, it is almost certain taxpayers can expect a check from the federal government to arrive some time late spring or early summer. Individuals will receive a $600 rebate, while couples will get in the neighborhood of $1,200, with child credits pushing that ...

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Tourism development top priority for new Senate committee

The Mississippi Senate now has a committee dedicated to promoting tourism across the state. The Senate Tourism Committee was one of a handful of new committees Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant unveiled just before the opening gavel of the 2008 session. The House has had a committee on tourism for several years. Industry enthusiasm Nicole Learson, director of marketing for the ...

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