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Analysis: Republicans show unity, but only some Democrats do

Mississippi Republican candidates are at least making noises about supporting each other for statewide offices this year. Most Democrats, however, are not campaigning as a unified ticket. The tone starts at the top, with Democratic nominee for governor, Attorney General Jim Hood, running his own campaign and pointedly not stumping for the party’s other nominees. On Oct. 10, Hood debated ...

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TODD SMITH — ABC ‘World News Tonight’ gains in popularity

David Muir, anchor of ABC “World News Tonight” is delivering the news to a broader audience. The nightly news program has become one of the most-watched network programs, according to Variety. Since joining the newscast as anchor in 2014, the network has gained audience share. Muir recently spoke to the publication to discuss what today’s audience is seeking from the ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — PERS trying to stay invisible until after elections

Did you get a glimpse Mississippi’s invisible black hole? It briefly appeared over the past year in the Bigger Pie Forum, an Associated Press article by Jeff Amy, and the Jackson Jambalaya blog. “The Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi is a ticking fiscal time bomb,” headlined the Bigger Pie story. “Analysis: Public retirement plan pressure won’t end soon,” was ...

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Analysis: Mississippi has options for new secretary of state

Mississippi voters are choosing a new secretary of state this year, and the two candidates are divided over some big proposals for the office. Democrat Johnny DuPree says he would push legislators to authorize online registration for new voters. Republican Michael Watson says he’d support that only with assurances that cybersecurity wouldn’t be compromised. Watson says he wants the secretary ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Why you need cyber insurance and what you should know

3,813 – that’s the number of reported data breaches tracked through June 30, 2019, putting 2019 on track “to be the worst year on record for data breach activity,” according to the 2019 MidYear QuickView Data Breach Report, conducted by Risk Based Security. This is an increase of 54 percent over 2018 figures during the same time period. The average ...

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TODD SMITH — Americans are wary of role social media plays in delivering the news

While debate rages over how social media sites can improve the quality of news they offer while enforcing rules fairly, most Americans are pessimistic about these efforts and are highly concerned about several issues when it comes to social media and news. According to a new Pew Research Center survey, conducted July 8-21, majorities say that social media companies have ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Why process matters

Process is defined as “a series of actions or operations conducing to an end,” according to Merriam-Webster. Goal is defined as “the end toward which effort is directed.” The situation with the hiring of a new chancellor at Ole Miss is a good example of why the process can be as important as the goal. The goal was clear: Hire ...

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Telecommuting may be the ultimate employee benefit

Some people might consider having their employer allow them to work at home at least part of the week even better than a promotion and wage increase. While this isn’t suited to all types of businesses, many jobs today involve working on the phone and Internet, which can be done just as easily in a home office as anywhere else. ...

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Analysis: Debate will show contrasts for Reeves and Hood

The major-party nominees for Mississippi governor will spell out their differences on education, the economy and other issues in their first — and possibly only — debate before the Nov. 5 general election. The faceoff between Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood and Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves takes place in front of an audience starting at 7 p.m. Thursday at ...

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LAW ELEVATED: PFAS – More than just another acronym

So, what is PFAS? Simply put, PFAS (per and polyfluoronalkyl substances) is the term used for a family of approximately 5,000 individual man-made fluorinated chemical compounds that are used in our everyday lives. We have been using products containing older and newer versions of PFAS chemicals since the 1940s. PFAS make your eggs not stick to your skillet, your cheesy ...

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