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MUW's V3 College signs more two-year schools

COLUMBUS — Mississippi University for Women’s (MUW’s) new online college, V3 College, has partnered with more than half of Mississippi’s community colleges to educate students statewide. Most recently, V3 College signed agreements with Northwest Mississippi Community College (NWCC), Northeast Mississippi Community College (NEMCC), East Central Community College (ECCC) and Copiah Lincoln Community College (Co-Lin). V3 College offers degree completion programs ...

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Fondren improvements getting federal TEP funds

JACKSON — According to Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) officials, federal Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) funds have been authorized by MDOT executive director Larry L. “Butch” Brown to be allocated to the City of Jackson. Funding in the amount of $2 million has been authorized for a bike/pedestrian trail, curb and gutter, lighting and landscaping within the Fondren Commercial District ...

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Health Department awards CONs for three projects

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Health has issued certificates of need (CONs) for three projects. The projects are: • Covington County Hospital and Nursing Home (d/b/a Arrington Living Center) in 
Collins — for the cost overrun to CON #R-0556-A for the construction/establishment of a 60-bed skilled nursing facility. The additional capital expenditure is $170,000
, and the total capital ...

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Senators allege Russia reneging on poultry agreement

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has joined more than two dozen senators, both Democrats and Republicans, and sent a letter to the Russian government expressing their concern regarding Russia’s failure to fully honor its recent commitment to allow U.S. poultry products back into Russia. President Obama and Russian President Medvedev reportedly came to an agreement on June 24 of ...

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Jindal requests lifting of moratorium, gets no response

NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal again sought an end to President Barack Obama’s moratorium on deepwater oil drilling as he met yesterday with two members of the president’s commission investigating the BP oil spill: former Florida Sen. Bob Graham and National Geographic Society executive Terry Garcia. He got no promises. Graham said two issues pressed by Jindal, dealing ...

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Sentencing of ex-bank employees postponed

GULFPORT — Sentencing has been reset for Oct. 12 in U.S. District Court for two former employees of Hancock Bank’s Ocean Springs main branch in a multimillion-dollar embezzlement scheme to defraud the bank branch. Margaret Migues, former branch operations manager at the Hancock Bank main branch in Ocean Springs, and Doris Burney, a former teller there, initially were scheduled for ...

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Escape route started for trapped Chilean miners

SAN JOSE MINE, Chile — Thirty-three men stuck far underground are now the longest-trapped miners in recent history as a huge drill begins digging a planned escape route. The men were trapped Aug. 5 when a landslide blocked the shaft down into the San Jose copper and gold mine in northern Chile’s Atacama Desert. Last year, three miners survived 25 ...

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Budget cuts force layoffs at Southern Miss

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi will lay off faculty and staff and other reductions to address an anticipated reduction of $15 million in funding from the state in 2012. WDAM-TV in Hattiesburg reports that university president Martha Saunders outlined the reductions in a letter to faculty and staff. Saunders said in the letter that the planned were “especially ...

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AASHTO report: More roads needed in rural areas

WASHINGTON — Rising congestion in popular tourist destinations, inadequate roads to serve growing agricultural and energy output, and emerging cities that are not connected to the Interstate system all require immediate attention and investment to ensure that America’s rural areas stay connected. Yet too often policy discussions overlook the need to improve connectivity mobility outside metropolitan areas. According to “Connecting ...

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U.S. auto loan delinquencies fall farther

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. — Automotive loan delinquencies dropped during Q2 2010, marking the second consecutive quarter that showed a year-over-year decrease in quarterly delinquencies. Lenders also made a higher percentage of loans to nonprime and subprime customers, a sign that lenders are beginning to loosen credit. The 30-day delinquency rate fell 5.88 percent, from 3.07 percent in Q2 2009 to 2.89 ...

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