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TODD SMITH — Ohio State seeks to trademark ‘The’

The Buckeyes are aiming to be “The” brand in college sports! Ohio State University is seeking to trademark the word “The” when used on items marketed for sale, according to a trademark application filed to the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The filing, made a couple of weeks ago, aims to protect the school’s formal name – The Ohio State ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Everywhere you turn, there’s a writer

Turns out that our trip from northeast Jackson to Yazoo City last Friday was a good warmup for the fifth annual Mississippi Book Festival the next day. Yazoo City, of course, is the town that Willie Morris put on the map. And while the estate sale that attracted us was rewarding in its own right, the Morris trail took over, ...

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ANDY TAGGART — Will be a steward of the state’s law enforcement resources

Life often brings the realization that something must be done just because it is the right thing to do.  Such a time arose for my wife Karen and me this past spring when I concluded that I should enter the race for Attorney General. For nearly 150 years, Mississippi has waited for the opportunity to elect a conservative Republican to ...

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DENNIS SEID: Despite shrinking size, Tupelo Furniture Market remains important

On Thursday, Behold Washington Furniture cut the ribbon on its new space at the Tupelo Furniture Market, a 19,000-square-foot showroom that more than tripled the size of Behold’s former showroom. The upholstered furniture company has been growing nicely the past few years, having acquired Washington Furniture last year. And despite a fire that destroyed Washington’s plant in Pontotoc, a 400,000-square-foot ...

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Analysis: Republicans line up to support immigration arrests

Many Mississippi Republican officials see the immigration raids on seven chicken processing plants earlier this month not only as good policy, but as good politics. The raids were maybe most a gift to Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who lucked into a Twitter clash with Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar, currently a huge target of GOP attacks. On the day the raids ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Are GOP candidates willing to tackle rural issues?

Rural Mississippians, as I wrote last week, will have a big say in the August Republican primary runoffs. Politicians who ignore their plight may be in for a big surprise. Take, for example, Tippah County on the northern border of the state. Republican voter turnout in the first primary was up 4,809, a 732% gain. A key issue in Tippah ...

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ROBERT FOSTER — The runoff election for governor is too important to sit on the sidelines

Gubernatorial runoffs are a rare occurrence in Mississippi’s history. In fact, the most recent was nearly three decades ago. Like so many of you, I have struggled to reach a decision on the right plan of action in this runoff election. For months, I pitched my conservative outsider resume and platform of fresh ideas and a new perspective for our ...

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TODD SMITH — Facebook offers news outlets millions for publishing rights

Facebook is willing to shell out millions of dollars for the rights to publish its content in a news section that the company hopes to launch later this year, according to The Wall Street Journal. Facebook officials recently told news executives they would be willing to pay as much as $3 million a year to license headlines and previews of ...

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SHAD WHITE — Public sector fraud provides lessons for businesses

My office just finished two large reports, one being our yearly audit of federal money flowing through Mississippi and the other a review of all the investigations we’ve completed in the year that I’ve been State Auditor. The takeaway from both is that theft of public money and the lack of controls to prevent fraud are still big problems in ...

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BECKY GILLETTE — Immigration arrests at poultry plants were a disaster

This past week there were the kind of emergency food drives in Central Mississippi normally reserved for disasters like tornadoes and hurricanes. In this case, the disaster was immigration raids that resulted in the arrests of 680 people while they were at work at poultry processing plants in the area. About 600 agents from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) armed ...

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