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DENNIS SEID: Mississippi’s meat law meets new level of meat-headedness

Mississippi has a beef with purveyors of plant-based “meat” products, it seems. In a law that went into effect July 1, “A plant-based or insect-based food product shall not be labeled as meat or a meat food product.” According to supporters of the law, which includes the Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, the law was passed in order to protect consumers from those meat-free products made ...

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Analysis: Charter board could face school closure decision

If you thought opening charter schools was a tough task in Mississippi, wait until state officials start considering whether to close them. The state’s Charter School Authorizer Board could have to make that decision in coming months, as Mississippi’s first two charter schools complete their initial five-year contracts. Reimagine Prep and Midtown Public Charter School, which both serve students in ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Course changes needed for Mississippi? Yes or no?

Happy with the way things are going in Mississippi and want to stay the course? Then Tate Reeves is probably your choice for Governor. Stay the course is pretty much his campaign message. Not so happy with the way things are going? Well, if you want a conservative Republican to guide course changes, then Bill Waller or Robert Foster should ...

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SEAN SUGGS: Toyota’s allegiance to Mississippi

The Toyota plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi, has had many exciting milestones to celebrate in recent months. We’ve added jobs, increased investments in equipment and in March of this year, we launched the all-new 2020 Corolla to much fanfare and celebration. We have talented team members and we are actively hiring. Despite all our positive momentum, our plant may be under siege. ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — The time is now when it comes to Mississippi’s state flag

Symbols are extremely important in our culture and society as they serve as a connection to something greater than our immediate daily lives.  Symbols can represent a collective ideology or a set of norms that guide a community of people, a state or a nation.  Symbols are powerful and can elicit intense positive and negative emotions. Symbols can serve as ...

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TODD SMITH — State of the News media report released from Pew; newspaper circulation down more than 10%

Each year since the early 2000s, the Pew Research Center has released its State of the News Media report, showcasing key audience and economic indicators across the U.S. news media landscape. This data pinpoints the shifting ways Americans seek news and information in an increasingly digital world. The press – often referred to as the fourth branch of government – ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Sundays make me want for Mondays

It is 7:32 a.m. on a beautiful Sunday morning in mid-summer. Birds are chirping, crepe myrtles and magnolias are in full bloom, the green pollen has long since stopped falling and the sun is shining. The back porch, the Sunday newspapers and the second cup coffee of coffee provide solace. And then it begins. Noise from a nearby lawn mower, ...

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Sweetgum trees aid hardwood growth

By: RANDY ROUSSEAU Although sweetgum is not considered a highly desirable species today, it was once a very favored species. Old-growth sweetgum produces heartwood with a much-appreciated reddish color (also known as red gum), and it is even more desirable if the wood is figured. We may not value sweetgum as much as some oak species, such as cherrybark, Shumard ...

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Flooded forests face unknowns ahead

By RANDY ROUSSEAU The stage for 2019 floods was set by heavy snowfall in the upper Midwest, followed by excessive rainfall patterns in the Plains, Midwest and South, resulting in significant flooding all along the Mississippi River. The spring and early summer of 2019 has been among the wettest on record for many states located along the Mississippi and Ohio ...

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SPENCER RITCHIE: Redistricting on the horizon

The United States Constitution mandates a census every ten years to count every United States resident. The next census will occur next year, in 2020. The political redistricting process, whereby the boundaries of political districts (such as congressional, state legislative, school, etc.) are redrawn to reflect changes in population, follows closely the publication of the census results. The United States ...

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