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DOR issues advisory to businesses on Jackson's new higher sales tax

The new City of Jackson 1 percent sales tax goes into effect March 1 and applies to activities subject to the 7 percent (or more) retail sales tax with certain exceptions, including most groceries. Businesses should begin collecting the 1 percent additional tax from their customers on March 1. The Mississippi Department of Revenue advises that it is important for ...

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Gentiva Health to cut ‘hundreds’ of jobs, close 46 locations

Gentiva Health Services Inc., whose website lists 24 locations in Mississippi, including two in Fl,owood, says it is closing 46 of its home health-care locations across the country. Hundreds of clinicians and other health care professionals are expected to lose their jobs, the Atlanta-based company said in a report published Thursday by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Based on revenue, Gentiva ...

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Several hundred Miss. businesses will be affected by Obama's minimum wage hike order

By Robbie Ward Daily Journal TUPELO – Some of Mississippi’s 350 businesses with $161 million in current federal contracts will be affected by President Barack Obama’s plans to increase minimum pay per hour by 39 percent for employees paid with federal money. But just how many state businesses currently contracting with the federal government and how many future Mississippi companies ...

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Post Office mulls financial services to unbanked and under-banked

The United States Postal Service may expand its financial services beyond money orders and remittances, the Credit Union Times reported Thursday. “More than a quarter of Americans live partially or completely without access to mainstream financial services and are often forced to rely on costly services like payday loans or check cashing to cover their everyday expenses,” the USPS said ...

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Min Sang armed robbery is troubling

I know my fellow Greenvillians were saddened by the news of an armed robbery at Min Sang Grocery Store, while relieved to hear that the Sue brothers, though wounded, are fine. What is troubling is how long the store on Alexander Street has operated even as the neighborhoods around it have declined, and the blow it would be to the ...

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Target offers card holders free credit monitoring as fraud reaction grows

Target’s recent effort to regain the trust of its shoppers after a credit card security breach seems to have backfired. Customers, it seems, are still on edge when it comes to the retailer, the Huffington Post reports. The company was the victim of a security breach during the holiday shopping season that compromised around 40 million customer credit cards. In ...

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Ridgeland’s LockerBones scheduled for Friday night’s Shark Tank

Greg Cronin did what any good dad would do. He used his ingenuity to help solve a problem for his daughter Ashley. Now, he’s hoping an appearance Friday night on ABC’s Shark Tank will open more doors — particularly locker doors. On Shark Tank, Cronin will introduce his product LockerBones, wondering if one of the investors on the panel will ...

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Developer sets fall 2015 opening for Oxford’s Galleria II

OXFORD, Mississippi – The success of Trezevant Realty’s Galleria 1 has led principal John Trezevant to announce a fall groundbreaking for a $35 million Galleria II. This second phase scheduled for completion in fall 2015 will add another 221,000 square feet of retail to a shopping cluster that includes Galleria 1 anchored by Belk, Home Depot and Office Depot and ...

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NY Times explores culture of Mississippi's comeback sauce

JACKSON, Mississippi — Comeback sauce, a spicy, versatile remnant of a bygone South, is making something of, well, a comeback. And it is reminding Southerners of an old connection to Hellenic culture. Jackson was one of the many Southern towns where Greek immigrants found cafe jobs beginning in the 1920s. They learned the trade and English, eventually opening their own ...

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Mississippi DEQ wants your ideas for Environmental Justice conference

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is seeking suggestions on speakers and topics for Environmental Justice conference the state agency is sponsoring this year to recognize the 20th anniversary of President Clinton’s signing of the Environmental Justice Executive Order. The conference will bring together communities, non-profit organizations, researchers, businesses, healthcare professionals, state and local government and federal partners committed to addressing ...

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