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Catch-22: getting on welfare easier than getting off

Regardless of the definition of poverty or opinions on solutions for change, one thing is certain: Getting on government assistance is a lot easier than getting off. Many single mothers who become dependent on welfare programs find the road to self-sufficiency difficult. Tanya Shavers, a 34-year-old mother of four who recently moved out of the Section 8 Payton Garden housing ...

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Mississippi poverty grows with single mom rate

Despite having one of the nation’s top-rated welfare programs, Mississippi has the highest poverty rate in the nation: 21.8 percent. While a national group of experts has said poverty numbers are incorrectly calculated and are too high, the fact remains that approximately 20 percent of Mississippians are not self-sufficient. Don Taylor, former head of the state Department of Human Services, ...

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Meet the U.S. Army’s newest cosmetic consultants

Novelty is a bad word. Try unique. That’s according to Paige Buchanan, chief technologist for SciGenesis, a small women-owned biotechnology company housed at The Accelerator, a business incubator operated by the University of Southern Mississippi. Buchanan and managing business partner Kelli Booth have become Girl Fridays for the Pentagon as it seeks new products to not only help the American ...

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MGCCC retooling for energy-related programs

PERKINSTON — Due to the growing need for a trained workforce in the energy industry, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is using funding from a U.S. Department of Energy Workforce Development grant to design curriculum and purchase equipment for energy-related programs. Working closely with renewable-energy industry partners, Gulf Coast is planning new classes and revising existing programs for manufacturing technicians, ...

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Senators urge panel to approve battlefield expansion bill

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are encouraging a Senate panel to advance their legislation authorizing the expansion of three units of the Vicksburg National Military Park. The National Park Subcommittee of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee has received testimony on the Champion Hill, Port Gibson and Raymond Battlefield Addition Act (S.265). Cochran ...

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Enerkem rounds up another $30M in financing

CLARKSDALE — Enerkem Inc., a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals company, reports the closing of $30 million in additional financing through corporate equity ($15.3 million) and corporate debt ($15 million) transactions. As part of the equity financing round, The Westly Group, Fondaction CSN and Quince Associates, L.P. join existing investors Valero Energy Corp., Waste Management, Rho Ventures, Braemar Energy Ventures and Cycle ...

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Researchers get emergency funds for oil spill work

GULF OF MEXICO — A competitive funding grant from the Gulf Research Initiative is helping Mississippi State University scientists collect important data about the status of salt marshes impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The nearly $81,000 stop-gap award will underwrite the project for three months until the consortium’s larger grants reach researchers this fall. “Our project is to ...

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Southern writer appears in book that tries to define ‘a life well lived’

Northeasterner Ann Napolitano did not set out to write about one of our most cherished writers, Flannery O’Connor, and was surprised when O’Connor showed up as a character “out of the blue – creatively speaking.” Napolitano is intrigued with the concept of a “well-lived life,” and that is a central theme of “A Good Hard Look” “I can see that ...

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Walters named VP

Cal-Maine Foods Inc. has named Todd Walters vice president of operations. Walters will be taking over this position from David Jenkins, who is currently vice president of operations over the Texas facilities and is retiring at the end of 2011. Walters will report directly to Sherman Miller, chief operating officer of Cal-Maine Foods, and will re-locate to Texas. Walters has ...

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Q&A: Lester Diamond, Executive Vice President-Operations, St. Dominic Hospital

Lester Diamond was born in St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he has worked since 1992, and currently serves as executive vice president of operations. He grew up in Millington, Tenn., and attended Memphis State University before earning a master’s degree in healthcare administration from the University of Mississippi. Diamond and his wife, Gina, have two sons. They are members of ...

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