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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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Analysis: Mississippi candidates split on school vouchers

Several candidates for Mississippi governor have answered a questionnaire from a public education advocacy group called The Parents’ Campaign, but Republican Tate Reeves has not. Reeves, the second-term lieutenant governor and former two-term state treasurer, also did not appear last month at a Mississippi Professional Educators board meeting in Biloxi. His campaign spokesman, Parker Briden, said Reeves had an event ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Political ad bombardment coming as Aug. 6 primaries near

Four weeks. Only four more weeks until Mississippi’s August primaries. It will be a super quick four weeks if you’re a candidate. There’s just never enough time to do everything you meant to do, they told you to do, or you ought to do. It will be a long, arduous four weeks if you’re already tired of political advertising. Every ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Studies show that where you live matters

Where you live matters, they say. Let’s start with this from USA Today. “In a capitalist economy, like that of the United States, some level of income inequality is to be expected. In recent years, however, the increasing consolidation of wealth in the hands of a few has gone beyond what many Americans deem to be justified or morally acceptable. ...

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REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK — A high-stakes game to save a paper

What do you do if the newspaper you own is losing money? Cut costs? Sure. Limit scope of coverage. And if that doesn’t work, sell everything and enjoy the money? How about spending more? A lot more. Well, um . . . . that is what Walter Hussman is doing with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is investing $12 million in ...

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LAW ELEVATED — How companies can subsidize project costs with The New Markets Tax Credit Program

By now most Mississippians have at least heard of the New Markets Tax Credit (“NMTC”) Program. On May 23, 2019, the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (the “CDFI Fund”) awarded 73 Community Development Entities (“CDEs”) $3.5 billion in NMTC allocation authority in the calendar year 2018 round of the NMTC Program. To date, a total of 114 businesses and revitalization ...

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Making small business grow and flourish

Optimism among small business owners is near an all-time high, according to the May 2019 Small Business Optimism Index of the National Federal of Independent Business Research Foundation. Small businesses surveyed reported that they plan to increase employment, make capital outlays, expect to see sales increase and that they believe now is a good time to expand. If you’ve been ...

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