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Two more state lawmakers switch to GOP

JACKSON — Two more Mississippi lawmakers have switched from Democrat to Republican. State Reps. Margaret Rogers of New Albany and Russ Nowell of Louisville announced their switch today during a news conference at the state Republican Party headquarters in Jackson. With the changes, there are now 53 Republicans and 68 Democrats in the state House of Representatives, with one vacant ...

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Cochran pushing USDA for livestock warranty program

WASHINGTON — Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to cooperate with livestock industry officials in Mississippi to create and implement a warranty program that would help protect livestock producers after their herds are affected by disease. Cochran, along with fellow senators from Alabama and Georgia, has written Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to encourage him to ...

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Supervisors elect to receive loan for Olin expansion

OXFORD — Lafayette County supervisors have agreed to receive a $6-million loan from the state to expedite Olin Corp.’s expansion of its Winchester ammunition facility in Oxford. The Oxford Eagle reports that supervisors signed the loan papers this week. The money will come from the Mississippi Development Authority. County Attorney David O’Donnell said the $6 million would be used to ...

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IHL calls foundation's nursing report 'landmark'

JACKSON — The Committee on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Initiative on the Future of Nursing at the Institute of Medicine recently released The Institute of Medicine report, “The Future of Nursing: Leading Change, Advancing Health,” a thorough examination of the nursing workforce, according to the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL). The report looks at nursing practice, education and ...

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Ole Miss launches new strategic planning campaign

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi’s last strategic planning cycle began in 1994. With the goals from the Commitment to Excellence Campaign achieved, the university has launched a new strategic planning process, called UM 2020: A Bold Vision Forward. University officials say the goal is to capitalize on the momentum of the past decade and to continue improving the institution’s ...

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LLCs have April 15 deadline for submitting annual reports

The new year brought a bit of extra work for Mississippi limited liability companies. For the first time, LLCs based in the state must file annual reports with the Secretary of State’s office by April 15 Don’t stress over it, though. All the state wants is an update on your address, executives and officers. No fee is charged for domestic ...

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PSC alerts lawmakers to available unspent funds

JACKSON — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley (D-Nettleton) announced that the commission is sending a letter to the chairmen of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees making them aware of $4 million in unspent funds that is currently held in the Public Service Commission Regulation Fund. In the letter, the commissioners state that the money cannot be spent by the ...

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USM committee completes appeal of program cuts

HATTIESBURG — A committee of deans and faculty members at the University of Southern Mississippi has completed the appeals process for programs slated to be eliminated, and has presented its report to USM president Dr. Martha Saunders. The committee recommended retaining 10 programs, eliminating 11 programs and retention of resources – faculty or graduate assistants – for two other eliminated ...

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FEMA forgiving Hurricane Katrina loans to city

BAY ST. LOUIS — The City of Bay St. Louis will not have to repay $4 million in loans it received following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Sea Coast Echo reports city officials learned this week that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will forgive repayment of the storm recovery loans. Mayor Les Fillingame says the money was used to cover ...

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Nissan officially begins NV production in Canton

CANTON — Nissan Motor Co. officially began production of its NV commercial van on yesterday — with the first vehicle going to Habitat for Humanity in Jackson. Nissan’s assembly plant at Canton underwent a two-year, $118-million expansion to build the new vehicle, which is expected to be in dealer showrooms in February. The NV marks Nissan’s entry into the commercial ...

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