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Pearl ordering rental properties to retrofit with sprinklers, build storm shelters

Owners of Pearl’s multi-family rental complexes and mobile home parks have joined to fight a city mandate requiring rental property owners to install interior sprinklers in each rental unit and build storm shelters to accommodate each resident. Representatives of the owners say they face millions of dollars in retrofitting costs and displacement of tenants to meet the sprinkler mandate. Equally ...

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Wal-Mart Markets invading small neighborhoods in Northeast Mississippi

TUPELO – Some Tupelo businesses and residents aren’t too thrilled about the possibility of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. building three of its smaller-format Walmart Neighborhood Markets in the city, but they may not be able to halt what appears to be inevitable. The retailer is quickly making good on its pledge to open 300 Neighborhood Markets across the country this year, ...

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TODD SMITH'S SPIN CYCLE — Measurement plus metrics equals PR success & branding relevance

Measurement and metrics are integral and complex parts of our PR world, and it’s increasingly being driven by social media in the digital domain. In fact, the branding, PR, marketing and ad industries recently converged in Measurement Week 2014 in New York, a four-day conference focused on all things measurement, analytics, media success and ROI. Many of the sessions showcased ...

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BOOK BIZ — Embracing a different approach to end-of-life care

I won’t sugarcoat it: if you’re looking for a fun, lighthearted read, this is not the book for you. However, if you’re interested in how our society and medical community treat end-of-life decisions in the 21st century, Katy Butler’s remarkable Knocking on Heaven’s Door is enlightening, heartbreaking and, at times, enraging. Butler is a journalist and brings an investigative depth ...

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Martin Willoughby talks to Joel Bomgar

Joel Bomgar is the founder of Bomgar Corporation, a leading provider of enterprise remote support solutions.  The company had an ownership change in May when TA Associates, a global private equity firm, acquired a majority interest in the company.   MW: Joel, what has life been like for you after the Bomgar ownership change?   JB: Life is fantastic! My ...

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Technology an enhancement for HR — not a replacement

Like just about everything else, human resources management has been increasingly computerized in recent years. But has that made human resources less “human?” Not everything can be done by sending an email. “We have to look at technology as an enhancement for, not a replacement of, the human element in what we do,” said Lynn Nelson, director of employment services ...

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LIFE CHANGES — Insurance re-enrollment time is near; make sure your coverage reflects your changing needs

When annual enrollment time for employer-sponsored insurance plans comes around, it can be difficult to drum up much interest by employees in evaluating their insurance plans and making adjustments. According to a survey by MetLife, often employees aren’t all that excited by the prospect of annual benefits enrollment. “In fact, their annual encounter with the often complex and sometimes unfamiliar ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Buy and flip or buy and hold?

Dear Phil: My husband and I have an opportunity to buy a rather run-down house in a nearby neighborhood. I feel like it is just too good an opportunity to pass up. We are undecided on whether to buy it and resell it as is, buy it and have a contractor make the necessary repairs or buy it and make ...

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