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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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Education, community cooperation keys to economic success

While economic fluctuations come and go, and some sectors are faring better than others, one message was clear at the 2008 Northeast Mississippi Economic Forecast Conference in Tupelo on January 24: education and community cooperation are core components of proactive economic development efforts. “We — you — have created an economy that is a fabric of diverse companies and industries, ...

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