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ACT: Mississippi ranks last in college readiness

According to the ACT’s “Condition of College and Career Readiness” report released Aug. 17, the Mississippi graduating class of 2011 had the lowest percentages in the nation of students meeting the ACT benchmarks on subject area tests. Only 10 percent of Mississippi’s class of 2011 students met all four college readiness benchmarks in English, reading, math and science, in contrast ...

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Companies exploring for oil in Southwest Mississippi

Companies are now drilling in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale play, an “unproven unconventional 7 billion barrel oil resource” spanning central Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi. The total potential of the play — as estimated by the Basin Research Institute at Louisiana State University — would equal the United States’ oil consumption for a year, which was about 6.9 billion barrels in ...

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Design revealed for Biloxi's Convention Center hotel

BILOXI — Pictures of the proposed 500-room hotel at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center have been revealed but it’s still undetermined what company will operate the $100 million hotel. Tom Lander, general manager of Mortenson Development, the company hired by the Coliseum Commission to design and build a convention hotel in Biloxi, said Thursday the hotel is based on a ...

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USDA declares nine counties disaster areas

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated nine counties in Mississippi as primary natural disaster areas due to damage and losses caused by flooding that occurred April 15-July 1, 2011. The counties are Adams, Claiborne, DeSoto, Humphreys, Jefferson, Quitman, Warren, Wilkinson and Yazoo. Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Mississippi also qualify for natural ...

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TVA to complete nuclear reactor, raising rates

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The Tennessee Valley Authority board voted unanimously yesterday to finish construction of the 37-year-old Bellefonte nuclear plant in Northeast Alabama and to increase rates for average residential customers by $1.60 a month in October. The nine board members took both votes — first on the plant and later on the rate increase — at a daylong meeting ...

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Baptist, governments wrap up hospital deal

OXFORD — After two years of negotiations, Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp has completed the purchase of a building it had been leasing from local governments. The BMH North Mississippi hospital was sold for more than $60 million. The City of Oxford and Lafayette County will jointly share the profits. The hospital will move forward with building a new $250-million ...

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Commission views hotel plans, but operator a mystery

BILOXI — Pictures of the proposed 500-room hotel at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center have been revealed, but it’s still undetermined what company will operate the $100-million hotel. Tom Lander, general manager of Mortenson Development, the company hired by the Coliseum Commission to design and build a convention hotel in Biloxi, said yesterday the hotel is based on a Sheraton ...

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Steamboat American Queen is planning to dock in Vicksburg

In 2008 when the historic steamboat Delta Queen discontinued Mississippi River tours, communities up and down the river not only lost a piece of cultural history, they also lost an important tourism asset. Thus, the state’s Mississippi River communities, still reeling from the recent flood, are all smiles with the announcement this month that the American Queen, a more modern, ...

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Environmentalists oppose planting of gentically engineered crops

Opponents of genetically engineered (GE) crops maintain that human consumption of these products poses a risk to public health. Now, three environmental groups have brought a lawsuit against the federal government contending that genetically modified crops are not fit for even wildlife to consume and do harm to habitat. But while the two sides argue whether GE crops are environmentally ...

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