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SSA no-match letter regs catch employers attention

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published final regulations that will affect many employers in Mississippi. Here are the details: Q: What are the new regulations affecting employers, which were published by the DHS? A: DHS recently published regulations regarding what employers should do if they receive a no-match letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA). These regulations ...

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Stennis blasts into the future of exploration

For many years, it has been said that you won’t be able to get to the moon without going through Hancock County. That is because of the vital role played testing rocket engines at Stennis Space Center. Now it could be said you won’t be able to get to the moon or Mars without going through Hancock County. Groundbreaking ceremonies ...

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Television stations see more advertising for local races

It’s an election year and that means more political advertising revenue for television stations. Even without a hotly contested governor’s race, stations from Tupelo to the Coast report a good year for sales. The difference is more political advertising in local races, a phenomena that hasn’t always been the case in election years. Advertising among local candidates has also included ...

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Furniture Market mixed bag

Bob Loftis and his son-in-law Reggie Davis arrived in Tupelo August 21. The owner of Muskogee, Okla.-based Bob Loftis Furniture wanted to be in town for the “unofficial” opening of the Tupelo Furniture Market the next morning. They were, and it still took until Saturday afternoon, the eve of the market’s closing, to complete their buying, the kind of buyer ...

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Negative political campaigns: ultimate love-hate relationships?

During the recent statewide primary elections, negative political ads and tactics were well represented. The Charlie Ross/Phil Bryant and Gary Anderson/George Dale campaigns, in particular, were more than just negative — they were often vicious and personal. Experts in political campaigning say the public should expect negative campaigning to ratchet up during the upcoming state general election and the presidential ...

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Growing demand leads to new 769 area code overlay

For some time now, the Mississippi Public Service Commission has been monitoring the decreasing availability of phone numbers that utilize the “601” area code for Central Mississippi. “We’ve changed the way we communicate in our society,” says Vicky Helfrich, director of communications for the Public Utility Staff. Hers is a separate agency that works closely with the Public Service Commission ...

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Top review scores for two CPA firms in Mississippi

Two Mississippi companies that conduct accounting for public companies received the best score possible when their work was reviewed recently by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) set up by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. No deficiencies were found in PCAOB audits of the public accounting work done by Shearer, Taylor & Co., P.A., Ridgeland, and T.E. Lott & Co., in ...

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