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Senate OKs charter schools funded by school district dollars

The Mississippi Senate Wednesday passed legislation to allow public charter schools to operate in the state, though each school opened must receive approval from a newly created independent commission. Under the measure approved by the Senate, local schools districts will have to find the charter schools, though federal and sate dollars the districts receive can go toward paying for the ...

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Senators want challenge to proposed Mexican duties on U.S. poultry

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are encouraging U.S. trade representative Ron Kirk to challenge new duties proposed by Mexico on imported U.S. poultry. Cochran and Wicker are among 16 Senators who last week sent a letter to Kirk that states the lawmakers’ concern with antidumping charges levied by Mexico on U.S. poultry, specifically chicken ...

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USM to offer new doctor of nursing practice degree

HATTIESBURG — The School of Nursing at the University of Southern Mississippi will soon take a giant leap in healthcare education and training by offering the state’s first degree-granting nurse anesthesia program. The new program will include 36 consecutive months of study and award a doctor of nursing practice (DNP) degree. School of Nursing officials hope to receive final approval ...

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MUW launches post-tornado construction, renovation projects

COLUMBUS — Construction and renovation projects, totaling more than $23 million, are underway at Mississippi University for Women as the college works through the midpoint of its 20-year master plan. The plan was developed following a 2002 tornado and, though school officials had hoped to be further along with some projects, overall good progress is being made, said Nora Miller, ...

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MDA director's salary bill passes; sent to governor's desk

JACKSON — Private donors could again boost the salary of Mississippi’s state economic development director, under a plan that House members sent to Gov. Phil Bryant today. The House agreed to changes that the Senate made in House Bill 1349, allowing donations to increase pay to the chief of the Mississippi Development Authority. Right now, law caps the salary at ...

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New research center to be housed at Stennis Space Center

HANCOCK COUNTY — The National Oceans and Applications Research Center, or NOARC, will be located at Stennis Space Center in Hancock County. Gov. Phil Bryant made the announcement today at the Infinity Science Center ribbon-cutting. The center will combine the capabilities of NASA, NOAA and the U.S. Navy teams to analyze and understand the Gulf of Mexico watershed. Stennis Space ...

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Hancock’s 1Q earnings to be reported April 26

Hancock Holding Co., parent of Hancock Bank and Whitney Bank, will announce first quarter 2012 financial results on April 26 after the market closes. Management will host a conference call for analysts and investors at 9 a.m. Central Time on Friday, April 27 to review the results. A live listen-only webcast of the call will be available under the Investor ...

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After over decade of study, Corps endorses deepening Savannah's port

The Port of Savannah’s chances for sharing in an expected massive increase in ocean shipping through an expanded Panama Canal received a huge boost Wednesday morning after the Army Corps of Engineers gave a greenlight to deepening the port’s shipping channel. The announcement ends a 14-year wait by the Georgia Ports Authority for permission to dredge a more than 12-mile ...

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State lawmakers pass anti-abortion bill

JACKSON — Lawmakers say a bill that passed the Mississippi House yesterday could lead to criminal prosecutions of anyone who performs an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The abortion restriction was added to Senate Bill 2771, which would set a prison sentence of up to 30 years for anyone convicted of child homicide. The killer would have to ...

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State will not have to repay interest earned on Katrina fund

JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood says Mississippi won’t have to repay about $987,000 in interest the state purportedly earned on Hurricane Katrina public assistance fund. Hood said yesterday in a news release that the Federal Emergency Management Agency ruled favorably on Mississippi’s appeal of an audit by the Inspector General. Hood said that on appeal, the Mississippi Emergency Management ...

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