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CARTER: Mississippi hypocrisy on disaster help reversed by half

The theory of evolution has drawn a lot of skeptics recently, including a member of the U.S. House from Georgia who swears man and dinosaurs roamed the Earth together back in the day. In fact, says the Peach State’s Rep. Paul Broun, a physician who sits on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, evolution amounts to nothing more than ...

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Search panel in consecutive meetings on USM president hiring

The search committee assigned to find a new president for the University of Southern Mississippi met Wednesday in Jackson and will meet again Thursday to assess candidates for the job. The search committee, officially known as the State Institutions of Higher Learning’s Board Search Committee, convened at 10 Wednesday morning and will return at noon Thursday. The public is free ...

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MBJ: Mr. Governor, jobs – not disunion – are what Mississippians value

’Ole Miss has its black bear. Not to be outdone, the Governor’s Office has its pander bear. What besides a pander to the “civil-war-is-around-the corner “ crowd could be behind Gov. Phil Bryant’s order to his lieutenants in the Legislature to adopt measures that have their foundation in the long-discredited mid 19th century idea of state nullification of federal laws? ...

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Bryant: Resist any presidential order that restricts gun rights

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant said today that he wants the state to resist any presidential order that might restrict gun rights. Republican Bryant said he was acting in anticipation of Democratic President Barack Obama issuing executive orders aimed at banning military-style assault weapons, high-capacity ammunition clips. “I am asking that you immediately pass legislation that would make any unconstitutional ...

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Energy drinks could land your children in the emergency room

The number of emergency room visits involving energy drinks has doubled in recent years according to a new federal report. The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) says in a January drug abuse awareness newsletter that more than 20,000 patients including many teenagers visited their local ER in 2011 with “energy drink related” problems. Forty-two percent of those ...

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MSU online engineering program ranked No. 12 by U.S. News and World Reports; other programs are also ranked and listed

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University is listed in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report rankings on the nation’s colleges, getting especially high marks for online engineering and business graduate programs. The university’s James Worth Bagley College of Engineering ranks No. 12 among the 2013 Best Online Graduate Engineering Programs and also ranks No. 12 among the Best Online Graduate ...

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All Things Money Conference to feature MEC's Blake Wilson

Entrepreneurs will hear from one of the top economic development officials in the state at the All Things Money Conference set for Wednesday, Jan. 30. The program will be held at East Mississippi Community College’s Douglas Building Lyceum from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Blake Wilson, president and CEO of the Mississippi Economic Council, will be the keynote speaker, and ...

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State adopting Pew system to measure effectiveness of spending

JACKSON — Mississippi officials are adopting a national system created by the Pew Center for the States to measure how much benefit a dollar of public spending creates. The system is first being set up to measure the effectiveness of criminal justice and corrections programs, but could be expanded to other areas in the future. House and Senate Appropriations Committee ...

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City extends term of tax increment financing plan for mall

SOUTHAVEN — Officials have extended the time frame of the $15-million tax increment financing plan for the proposed outlet mall in Southaven. The Commercial Appeal reports Mayor Greg Davis made clear the amount of funding was not changing, just the time period for the plan was being extended from 15 years to 20 years. Tax increment financing is a plan ...

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Restoration of historic lighthouse runs out of funds

PASCAGOULA — The restoration project for Pascagoula’s historic Round Island Lighthouse is moving forward, but needs $350,000 more to be completed. Community and economic development director Jen Dearman tells The Sun Herald a significant amount of work has been done, but the department is asking residents to get more involved. The City Council approved a Tidelands grant agreement Tuesday. Dearman ...

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