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REV. DAWN DOUGLAS FLOWERS — Supporting public schools is a faithful response

I am the product of the Mississippi public school system.  Both of my parents were public school teachers in Mississippi, and my husband currently works within the public school system in Mississippi.  My three children are receiving their education within our public schools, and my oldest has been in 3 different public school districts since she began kindergarten.  This is ...

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TODD SMITH — Tech companies tops in best global brand survey

Interbrand has released its Best Global Brands 2019 report (bestglobalbrands.com), the 20th edition of the world’s first brand valuation survey, showing that Apple, Google, and Amazon continue their success as the three most valuable brands worldwide. The report also uncovered that the luxury and retail industry is still the fastest growing sector. Taking into account Interbrand’s unparalleled wealth of 20 years of brand valuation data, ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: WW II Museum keeps story of fight for democracy airborne

NEW ORLEANS – Maybe one of the airborne B-24s shown in the films at The National World War II Museum was his. One hundred seventy-eight bombers left Benghazi, Libya, on Aug. 1, 1943 on a 1,200-mile flight to Ploesti, Romania. The B-24 Liberator crews flew at near treetop level to avoid radar, and dropped their payloads on the key Nazi ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — King of Id golden rule prevails in today’s culture

Which “golden rule” do you follow? The one from the Bible? “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets,” – Matthew 7: 12-14. Or the one attributed to the King of Id? “Whoever has the gold makes the rules!” – Wizard of Id cartoon published ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Art is in the eye of the beholder

M[/dropcap]y wife loves art museums. I love car shows. We agree that art can be found in both places. We also agree that car shows and auto-related events can be an excellent way to attract visitors to a community. Car shows and classic car events are growing in popularity.  No doubt that the Baby Boomer generation’s love for nostalgia is ...

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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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