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BRIAN ESTES — Real estate investment strategies for high net-worth individuals

Most of my day is filled with conversations about commercial and investment real estate and the majority of the time I am discussing investment strategies with high net-worth individuals. Our discussions are mainly about which markets to invest in and what property type offers the best returns.  However, toward the end of the conversation I always try to steer the ...

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Analysis: Effort to aid families could be key in Mississippi

After a year of pilot programs, the leaders of an initiative to strengthen troubled Mississippi families say they are off to a promising start. The Mississippi Families First Initiative is part of a nationwide movement to change the traditional system of child welfare, which reacts and intervenes after a child is harmed, into a system that tries to cut risks ...

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Analysis: Reeves, Hood focus beyond Mississippi primaries

The two candidates with the most money in the Mississippi governor’s race — Republican Tate Reeves and Democrat Jim Hood — are largely ignoring their party primary opponents and are concentrating, instead, on the November general election. That’s changing soon for Reeves. He’s scheduled to take part in a televised debate Tuesday with the other two Republicans who will be ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Will humdinger primary finally yield a Republican attorney general?

The last and only Republican to hold the office of Attorney General in Mississippi was George E. Harris back in 1877. As Republicans began their surge to take over statewide offices in the early 1990s, Mike Moore and Jim Hood easily held on to the position for Democrats. Odds are that’s about to change. Even when Republicans took over all ...

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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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