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Senate committee amends charter school bill

JACKSON — Online charter schools would not be allowed under a bill that Mississippi senators are pushing forward. A committee agreed today to an amendment banning such virtual schools, which have been a subject of intense argument among education advocates. The bill would also let charter schools sponsor prekindergarten programs, although no state money is provided for students four years ...

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USM fundraiser for new College of Business gets gift, challenge

HATTIESBURG — Thanks to a gift from The First Bancshares Inc., the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation’s Building Better Business Campaign has exceeded the $8 million mark on the way to reaching its $10 million goal. In addition, Southern Miss alumnus Chuck Scianna has issued a matching gift challenge to help raise the remaining $2 million needed to move forward ...

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EPA names Golden Triangle landfill as Project of the Year

STARKVILLE — A Mississippi regional landfill participating in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA’s) Generation Partners renewable power program has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as one of the nation’s top renewable generation projects. The Golden Triangle Regional Solid Waste Management Authority is the recipient of a 2011 Project of the Year Award for its landfill gas-to-electricity project ...

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Paw Paw Road dispute drags on after Supreme Court ruling

WARREN COUNTY — A federal case nearly five years old involving two landowner groups and Warren County is continuing to plod along, a year after settlement talks morphed into more motions and claims. No hearing has taken place before U.S. District Judge David C. Bramlette III since September in the civil racketeering case brought against the county in 2007 over ...

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MEDC honors communities for economic, community development

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Five Mississippi communities were honored at the Mississippi Economic Development Council (MEDC) Winter Conference for their efforts to advance their economic viability through economic and community development programs during the past year. They competed with others in their population categories. The winners are: • Category I – population less than 5,000: City of Ellisville for The Landing ...

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Business Digest: Higher ed failing to train students for work, says businesses

U.S. business leaders are losing faith in the ability of higher education to train the work force of the future. That’s the takeaway from a report entitled “Hiring and Higher Education,” released Feb. 13 by two think tanks, The Committee for Economic Development (CED) in Washington and Public Agenda in New York. The report compiles comments from four focus groups ...

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Sen. Ed Committee passes charter school legislation

The Senate Education Committee passed the Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act of 2012 this morning. The legislation will now be considered by the Senate. Charter schools are open-enrollment public schools that are freed from some of the rules, regulations and statutes that apply to other public schools in exchange for accountability for producing certain results. Senate Bill 2401, introduce by ...

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GOP agenda reflected in bills, amendments filed in Legislature

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are sponsoring bills to tighten restrictions on abortion, crack down on immigration, expand the use of charter schools and limit the power of the attorney general. Yesterday was the deadline to file general bills and constitutional amendments to be considered during the 2012 session, which began in early January and is scheduled to end in early ...

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Study: Recalls had little or no effect on Toyota's brand

A study from North Carolina State University shows that Toyota’s safety-related recalls that began in 2009 made little to no impact on how consumers perceived the brand. “These findings highlight the importance of establishing and maintaining a reputation for quality,” says Dr. Robert Hammond, an assistant professor of economics at NC State and lead author of a paper describing the ...

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Plant hardiness maps increase state's average low temperature

STARKVILLE — New plant hardiness maps released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture increased Mississippi’s average low temperatures by 5 degrees. Eric Stafne, Mississippi State University assistant Extension professor for fruit crops, said the maps provide good average information, but individuals still must make careful planting decisions. “With fruit crops, I am more concerned with individual weather events than averages,” ...

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