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Howard raid points to a bigger issue

Last week’s raid on Howard Industries in Laurel that netted 595 arrests of suspected illegal immigrants is the largest in U.S. history. US. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents descended on the electric transformer manufacturer August 25. They executed a civil search warrant for workers ICE said were in the U.S. illegally and investigated claims of aggravated identity theft and ...

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Powell set to keynote Leadership Summit

After the inaugural Leadership Summit held last year at Mississippi State University, Dr. Barbara Spencer determined to make the next event bigger and better. And she feels she has done that with a full slate of noted speakers led by former U.S. Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, USA (ret.). “Last year, it was small,” said Spencer, associate dean of ...

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Business Journal fetes Mississippi’s 50 Leading Business Women 2008

The Mississippi Business Journal hosted the state’s 50 Leading Business Women for a busy two days of networking, socializing and professional development August 20-21. The celebration of business success marked the 12th year for one of the state’s leading awards programs. “It is an honor for us to recognize these women,” said MBJ editor and publisher Ed Darling. “Over the ...

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Broadcast Media Group reaching beyond Starkville base

A small production company in Starkville is proving that the latest techniques in video can be combined with the satisfying quality of life found in Mississippi while extending its professional reach far beyond the state boundaries. Broadcast Media Group is a Starkville success story. Started by Robbie Coblentz, the full-service video production company entered the Starkville Enterprise Center in 1996 ...

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Great golf, even better business

Golf plays a big part in Mississippi’s tourism industry. With world-class courses as part of casino developments in Philadelphia, Tunica and on the Coast, plus hidden gems like Grenada’s Dogwoods course, the golfing industry certainly pulls its economic weight. The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) even has a branch of its tourism development program devoted specifically to sports and golf marketing ...

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Debate countdown underway in Oxford

On September 26, Ole Miss will host the first of three debates between presumptive presidential nominees Barack Obama and John McCain. The majority of banter between the two candidates will focus on each man’s position on various domestic policy issues. That much is certain. What remains unclear is just how much of an economic impact the one-night event will have ...

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