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Analysis: Courts still face questions on life for juveniles

One man sentenced to life in prison without parole as a juvenile will get a shot at a new sentence, but larger changes to how Mississippi courts are handling such cases appear unlikely for now. That’s the upshot of two recent court decisions, as legal fights continue after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2012 ruling that juveniles can’t automatically be sentenced ...

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CRAWFORD: Moving to market based testing in high schools makes sense

Rep. Tom Miles of Forest is on to something. With regard to tests required for high school graduation, he wants to move from an education bureaucracy based approach to a market based approach. A little background. The federal No Child Left Behind Act was replaced by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Both have required public schools to implement intensive ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Snyder, Foster open door to constructive conservatism

There is political language used to divide us. There is political language used to unite us. Our founding fathers utilized the language of unity. “E Pluribus Unum,” the motto emblazoned on the Great Seal of the United States of America, means “out of many, one.”  “We the people” in the preamble to the Constitution intones unity of purpose. Indeed, the ...

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TODD SMITH — Push alerts are driving mobile news strategy

News fans in today’s digital world are craving more push alerts, less breaking news – and, yes, less of the smiley/frowny/angry/kissy emoji speak. An analysis of some 30 publisher’s mobile notifications shows that the nature of news alerts has stayed the same but newsroom managers are thinking differently about how to use them. In a follow-up study to a 2017 ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — A Q & A with Airbnb

Led by Airbnb, the online lodging rental community has grown exponentially during the past 10 years. Estimates range from $100 billion to $170 billion in global sales. If you are wondering if Airbnb, Homeaway or one of the other online lodging providers might work for you as a traveler or as an owner, check out the information below. Most of ...

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Analysis: Public safety chief seeks exit from civil service

The leader of Mississippi’s Department of Public Safety wants to remove the agency from the state civil service system forever. Public Safety Commissioner Marshall Fisher says he’s been forced to reinstate a number of officers after what he considers “terrible” decisions by the state Employee Appeals Board that overturned agency disciplinary decisions. But Tommy Simpson of the Southern States Police ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Is Mississippi in its best financial shape ever?

State revenue collections are running ahead of target. The state rainy day fund and other reserves are full of cash. Agency budget cuts appear to be behind us. Pointing to all this, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said “Mississippi is in our best financial and fiscal shape in our history.” Speaker of the House Philip Gunn chimed in saying, “This is ...

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MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN — A startup’s guide to Mississippi

I can confidently say that it has never been easier to start a business. Having worked with hundreds of startup and emerging companies over the past 15 years, I have developed a fairly robust professional network throughout Mississippi (and beyond). And while my firm provides technical legal services to these companies, we believe it is our responsibility, as a trusted adviser, ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Let the sun shine in

I caught a patch of sun in a corner of our courtyard at home last weekend. The sun was low but healing. I was the last in our family to catch whatever it was, flu or old-fashioned cold and fever. What had made it worse was the interminable rain. Day after day with no letup. Sun we take for granted, and ...

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