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Free-trade pacts have benefited Mississippi greatly

By JACK WEATHERLY  If the next international free-trade agreement matches the performance of two predecessors, Mississippi will be sitting pretty. The North American Free Trade Agreement, which was signed by the United States, Canada and Mexico 22 years ago, has been “huge” for Mississippi, said Tracy Diez, executive director of the World Trade Center for Mississippi. However, some states have ...

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Stock and housing gains put US net worth at record

WASHINGTON — A surging stock market and rebounding home prices boosted Americans’ wealth to a record in the final three months of last year, though both trends have slowed so far in 2014. Household net worth jumped nearly $3 trillion during last year’s fourth quarter to $80.7 trillion. Stock and mutual fund portfolios gained nearly $1.7 trillion, or 9 percent. ...

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(VIDEO) Charles Robertson: The next big economic boom

The past decade has seen slow and steady economic growth across the continent of Africa. But, in this Ted Talk,  economist Charles Robertson has a bold thesis: Africa’s about to boom. He talks through a few of the indicators — from rising education levels to expanded global investment (and not just from China) — that lead him to predict rapid ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Medicaid would cost state $95 million by 2025

Expanding Medicaid to take in more than 300,000 of Mississippi’s uninsured working poor would cost the state about $95 million a year by 2025, though the federal government would be injecting from $800 million to $1 billion in Medicaid payments into the state’s economy annually. That’s a key conclusion reached in an analysis of a possible Medicaid expansion in Mississippi ...

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JOHN STODDER — Study: Fracking doesn’t pose groundwater risks

In a possible foreshadowing of long-awaited findings by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin has found “no direct link to reports of groundwater contamination” from the controversial natural gas extraction method known as fracking. According to project leader Charles Groat, “From what we’ve seen so far, many of the [groundwater contamination] problems ...

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MDOT's Tagert enjoys promoting all modes of transportation

Before he ran in a special election to fill an unexpired term as Northern District Highway Commissioner, Mike Tagert got a taste of working with transportation issues as president of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Economic Development Council. This group that focuses solely on logistics and the transportation component of bringing in new industry made him feel he wanted to be on the ...

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