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USM gets new president with selection of Ga. educator Rodney Bennett

The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning sealed its courtship of Dr. Rodney Bennett with a deal Thursday to make him the next president of the University of Southern Mississippi. The hiring of the University of Georgia education executive won unanimous approval from the board. The announcement of Bennett’s selection came on the second day of his ...

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Bennett becomes first black president of major Mississippi university

Dr. Rodney Bennett has been named the tenth president of the University of Southern Mississippi, making him the first African-American president of a non-historically black college in Mississippi. The board of trustees of the Institutions of Higher Learning announced the unanimous decision today. “I am humbled and honored that the Board of Trustees has selected me to lead this great ...

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Mississippi Power shuts down old plant in Pine Belt

PETAL — Mississippi Power Co. has shut down a generating plant in Petal. Mississippi Power says in a news release that Plant Eaton — named for the company’s first president, Barney E. Eaton Sr. — began operation in March of 1945. Ed Day, president and CEO of Mississippi Power, says when the 67.5 megawatt plant began operation, Mississippi Power supplied ...

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U.S. Senate caucus forms to focus on Mississippi River

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A bipartisan Mississippi River Caucus is being launched in the U.S. Senate in an effort to encourage commerce and address issues such as flood mitigation and navigation concerns. Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri and Democrat Tom Harkin of Iowa announced plans for the caucus today. It will also seek to help communities along the nation’s ...

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DiamondJacks owner countersues over $6.25 million deposit

VICKSBURG — An Oklahoma Indian tribe and the bankrupt owner of two DiamondJacks casinos are suing each other over the collapse of the tribe’s plan to buy the gambling halls. Global Gaming Solutions, a unit of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, wants a federal bankruptcy judge to declare that it didn’t break its agreement to buy gambling halls in Bossier ...

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Georgia educator likely to be next president of USM

HATTIESBURG — Rodney Bennett is likely to be appointed president of the University of Southern Mississippi today. Bennett, vice president of student affairs at the University of Georgia, was named the College Board’s preferred candidate to lead 16,000-student USM last week. He would be the first black president of any of Mississippi’s five predominantly white universities. Bennett has said his ...

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Duck study could shape conservation, management programs

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Results from a Mississippi State University study of mallard ducks in the state’s South Delta revealed information that could help shape conservation and habitat management programs. For several years, Brian Davis, assistant professor in MSU’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture and researcher in MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center, has been studying how mallards use the ...

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Bradley Arant named best law firm in state

JACKSON — Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP has been recognized as the Mississippi “Firm of the Year” in the inaugural U.S. Benchmark Litigation Awards. It was also named the top firm in the South for its appellate and general commercial litigation practices. Winners were honored at an awards ceremony in New York City. In addition to receiving multiple top honors, ...

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Olympics-style construction championship coming to Trade Mart

The Mississippi Construction Education Foundation (MCEF), Mississippi Department of Education and construction industry partners are hosting the 2013 SkillsUSA Mississippi State Championship Feb. 26-27 at the Mississippi Trade Mart in Jackson. An Olympics-style event focused on skilled construction trades, high school, community college and skilled crafts persons enrolled in MCEF’s apprentice program will compete in 11 construction craft areas from ...

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