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MSU sees new record in private gifts, pledges

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University is announcing a new milestone of $80.3 million in outright private gifts and pledges of future support during the just-ended fiscal year. A 23 percent increase from FY 10, the record number represents the highest single-year giving total in the university’s 133-year history. John P. Rush, vice president for development and alumni, said the MSU ...

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Study: Spring tornadoes different from 1974 outbreak

STARKVILLE — This spring’s rash of deadly tornadoes bears a striking resemblance to the Super Outbreak of 1974, but the summer weather that followed both of these La Nina springs is very different. Grady Dixon, an associate professor of geosciences at Mississippi State University, said this spring’s tornadoes were caused by a predictable weather pattern. “A strong low-pressure system moving ...

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Nissan expanding availability of all-electric LEAF

RALEIGH, N.C. — Nissan North America Inc. is expanding availability of the all-electric Nissan LEAF to U.S. consumers for the 2012 model year, with upgrades. The Nissan LEAF, offered with additional standard equipment including quick charging and cold-weather features for the 2012 model year, now will be available for order in the Southeast United States and Illinois. On July 25, ...

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Allstate agents to vote on joining union

GULFPORT — Members of the National Association of Professional Allstate Agents Inc. (NAPAA) in Gulfport will soon take part in a secret mail ballot vote that will decide whether the Association will affiliate with Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) as a guild. This according to the OPEIU. The vote will be administered by the American Arbitration Association (AAA) ...

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HOPE lands $1.5 million to boost recovery in distressed parts of Mid South

HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation/Hope Credit Union) has received a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund to help spur economic growth and recovery in Mississippi and elsewhere across the Mid South. The money from the Community Development Financial Institutions Program also will be used to expand access to affordable financial products ...

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BP Gulf spill compensation fund to be audited

WASHINGTON — An independent audit will be performed on the $20 billion fund set up to compensate victims of last year’s BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Wednesday. In a letter to the fund’s administrator, Kenneth Feinberg, Holder stressed that the goal is to balance the need for resolving claims quickly and fairly ...

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Solar energy to power Alcorn tech center

CORINTH — Solar energy will soon be powering Alcorn Career and Technology Center in Corinth. Alcorn School District officials plan a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday for the new solar array system. Schools superintendent Stacy Suggs tells The Daily Corinthian that all major components of the 50 kilowatt ground mounted solar collection system are being installed this week. Suggs says the system ...

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Despite Barbour and Republicans' best efforts, community embraces new casino

SANDERSVILLE — More than six months after Bok Homa (BOHK HO-MUH) Casino opened in Jones County near Sandersville, things seem to be going smoothly for both the casino and neighboring area. The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians had to weather countless efforts by local and state officials — including Gov. Haley Barbour — to stop the construction of Bok Homa. ...

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Jackson State hires first female AD

JACKSON — Jackson State University has hired Vivian Fuller as its first female athletic director. University President Carolyn Meyers introduced Fuller at a news conference Wednesday. The 56-year-old Fuller replaces Bob Braddy. The Clarion-Ledger reports Fuller’s salary was not immediately available. Braddy had made $100,000. The daughter of a North Carolina sharecropper, Fuller has spent eight years at Sojourner-Douglass College, ...

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