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NY’s Mississippi Picnic in The Park cancelled over anti-gay law

Mississippi Picnic in New York’s Central Park, a major showcase for the state, won’t be held this year, say organizers, attributing the cancellation to the state’s “unfortunate adoption” of a religion-focused law allowing discrimination against gay people and others. This would have been the 37th year for the picnic sponsored by the New York-Mississippi Society. The event held each June ...

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Reshoring effort returning, keeping jobs in U.S.

By JACK WEATHERLY  The stream of millions of U.S. jobs going overseas has stopped, according to a report from the Chicago-based Reshoring Initiative. The net gain on reshoring and foreign investment in the United States was measured at 67,000 jobs nationwide in 2015, the organization said. That matched the loss of jobs, according to the initiative. Since the low point ...

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Casino properties add amenities to stay competitive in tourism industry

By LISA MONTI In its latest annual report on the state’s casino industry, officials with the Mississippi Gaming and Hospitality Association acknowledged the good and the bad for state casinos during 2015. The industry “drives tens of millions of visitors to our state each year, generating hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue for our state, employs thousands of great ...

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The Latest: Some say Mississippi anti-gay law may be unconstitutional

The latest on reactions to a Mississippi law allowing religious groups and some private businesses to gay and transgender people because of their religious beliefs. 2:15 p.m. Some Mississippians say a new law allowing religious groups and some private businesses to deny services to gay and transgender people is needed protection for Christians who adhere to traditional views of marriage ...

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(UPDATED) Gov. Bryant bucks business community, signs anti-gay bill

By TED CARTER Mississippi business organizations and the state’s major employers ultimately did not have influence sufficient to dissuade Gov. Phil Bryant from signing House Bill 1523, legislation the governor says protects religious freedoms but opponents say legalizes discrimination against gay people and others. Putting aside protests from business groups and businesses across the state, Bryant Tuesday morning gave his ...

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Property chiefs differ on Capitol office consolidation but share other goals

By TED CARTER As he has done for the past two years, House Public Properties Committee Chairman Tom Weathersby won’t let his panel hear Senate counterpart David Blount’s bill to consolidate more state offices in the downtown Jackson Capitol Complex. Blount, chairman of the Senate Public Property Committee, has won near-unanimous passage of the bill the past three years only to ...

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HU MEENA — The Three Rs + C: Teaching computer code and critical thinking skills essential in 21st century

What was the last Wikipedia rabbit trail you traveled down? For me, I found myself reading about Johannes Gutenberg. You know, the 14th century German printing press guy. Gutenberg arguably created the most important invention of the second millennium. With the printing press, Gutenberg played a key role in the dawn of the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Age of Enlightenment, ...

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Chemical firm announces 150-worker factory in DeSoto County

OLIVE BRANCH — A contract chemical maker will open a factory in Olive Branch, with plans to hire 150 people over three years. BPI Packaging of Memphis, Tennessee, will invest $8 million, buying a 291,000 square-foot building formerly occupied by Sherwin Williams. President Bobby Dunn says the facility allows privately-held BPI to expand its product line. The Mississippi Development Authority ...

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Downtown Jackson Partners yet to decide operational control as Allen fights charges

By TED CARTER The governing board of Downtown Jackson Partners has not decided how the agency will be run as DJP President Ben Allen  fights an indictment on multiple counts of theft and embezzlement. Nor has DJP’s policy board decided whether the agency will cover Allen’s legal fees, though it has pledged to “vigorously fight” to clear Allen. “We have ...

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