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Business brief: Kidder Paraoptometric of the Year

Posted 1/17/2013 in Business

Kimberly Kidder of Curtis Optometry in Columbus has been named Paraoptometric of the Year by the Mississippi Optometric Association.


Building permits 1-17-13

Posted 1/17/2013 in Business



Tax code now longer than the Bible

Posted 1/10/2013 in Business

Too intimidated to fill out your tax return without help? Join the club. At nearly 4 million words, the U.S. tax law is so thick and complicated that businesses and individuals spend more than 6 billion hours a year complying with filing requirements, according to a report Wednesday by an independent government watchdog.



Facing backlash, AIG won't join lawsuit against US

Posted 1/10/2013 in Business

Afraid of looking like a world-class ingrate, AIG on Wednesday decided against suing the federal government over the $182 billion bailout that saved the giant insurance company from collapse.



Obama taps Lew for Treasury

Posted 1/10/2013 in Business

Jack Lew, President Barack Obama's nominee for treasury secretary, is a premier federal budget expert who would take the helm of the government's main agency for economic and fiscal policy just as the administration girds itself for a new confrontation with congressional Republicans over the nation's debt and deficits.


Business brief: Woodard new bankruptcy judge

Posted 1/10/2013 in Business

Burr & Forman LLP Birmingham partner, Jason Woodard will be sworn into office on January 16, 2013 as a bankruptcy judge in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Mississippi.


Marriages and divorces 1-10-13

Posted 1/10/2013 in Business



'Smart' potty or dumb idea? Wacky gadgets at CES

Posted 1/10/2013 in Business



Marriages and divorces 1-3-13

Posted 1/3/2013 in Business



Business brief: KiOR awarded

Posted 1/3/2013 in Business



Middleby buys Viking Range for $380M

Posted 1/3/2013 in Business

Food service equipment maker Middleby Corp. has bought Mississippi-based oven and kitchen appliance maker Viking Range Corp. for $380 million.



US jobless aid applications fall to 5-year low

Posted 12/28/2012 in Business

The average number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits over the past month fell to the lowest level since March 2008, a sign that the job market is healing.



Consumers lose confidence as cliff nears

Posted 12/28/2012 in Business

U.S. consumers peering over the "fiscal cliff" don't like what they see. Fears of sharp tax increases and government spending cuts set to take effect next week sent consumer confidence tumbling in December to its lowest level since August.



Little time left to head off longshoremen's strike

Posted 12/28/2012 in Business

Shipments of products as varied as flat-screen TVs, sneakers and snow shovels could sit idle at sea or get rerouted, at great time and expense, if more than 14,000 longshoremen go on strike as threatened -- a wide-ranging work stoppage that would immediately close cargo ports on the East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico to container ships.



Ordinary folks losing faith in stock market

Posted 12/28/2012 in Business

Andrew Neitlich is the last person you'd expect to be rattled by the stock market. He once worked as a financial analyst picking stocks for a mutual fund. He has huddled with dozens of CEOs in his current career as an executive coach. During the dot-com crash 12 years ago, he kept his wits and did not sell. But he's selling now.



$1 billion for Toyota legal trouble

Posted 12/27/2012 in Business

With a proposed payout of more than $1 billion, one major chapter of a nearly four-year legal saga that left Toyota Motor Corp. fighting hundreds of lawsuits and struggling with a tarnished image has ended, though another remains.



Business brief: Teacher of the year

Posted 12/27/2012 in Business

Melanie Ford, health sciences and medical professions teacher at McKellar Technology Center, was named the 2012-2013 Columbus Municipal School District Teacher of the Year.



Gloomy retail sales drag stock market down

Posted 12/27/2012 in Business

For the stock market, this week hasn't been the most wonderful time of the year. U.S. stocks fell Wednesday for the third trading day in a row. Disappointing holiday sales weighed heavy on retail companies, and the unwelcome "fiscal cliff" package of higher taxes and lower government spending loomed nearer.



Stores look to week after Christmas for sales

Posted 12/27/2012 in Business

Bargain-hungry Americans will need to go on a post-Christmas spending binge to salvage this holiday shopping season.



Marriages and divorces 12-27-12

Posted 12/27/2012 in Business



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