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Congress may divert financial literacy training funds to school security

Legislation to increase surveillance and deploy National Guard troops in schools, among other measures, could gain bipartisan approval in Congress – but only by sacrificing such education programs as financial literacy for students, Time.com reports. The school safety bill, introduced by Barbara Boxer of California, was originally going to spend $800 million on surveillance and possible use of Guardsmen in ...

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Foundation launches fundraiser for new health center

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi is on its way to transforming the quality of health care provided to students, faculty and staff. The USM Foundation announced the Moffitt Health Center Campaign, which will aid in the relocation of the University’s Student Health Services to a new, state-of-the-art facility. The $1-million campaign has already received $750,000 in commitments toward ...

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Navy awards $71M contract for more unmanned helicopters

MOSS POINT — The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a contract valued at more than $71 million to produce six additional next-generation Fire Scout unmanned helicopters. The Navy plans to purchase a total of 30 aircraft under a rapid development effort. Northrop Grumman is currently under contract to produce 14 Fire Scouts that are scheduled to begin deploying ...

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OSHA finds 43 violations following fatality at poultry company

MOSELLE — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Southern Hens Inc. with 43 safety and health violations following the death of a worker who slipped and fell into an unguarded screw conveyor while cleaning the conveyor at the company’s Moselle facility. OSHA initiated the inspection Sept. 9, 2012, in response to the fatality. The ...

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Deadline approaching for SBA disaster recovery assistance

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes that April 8 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in Mississippi as a result of the drought that began on July 31, 2012. The disaster declaration includes ...

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Six candidates running for Gibbs' old seat in House

EAST MISSISSIPPI — Six candidates are running in today’s special election to fill a seat in the Mississippi House. House District 36 encompasses parts of Clay, Lowndes and Monroe counties. The seat was left vacant by the Jan. 13 death of Democratic Rep. David Gibbs, who had served since 1993. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. If nobody ...

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Consultant advises city to expand convention center

NATCHEZ — Natchez Convention Center managers say a multi-million-dollar expansion of the center will be needed in two years. The Natchez Democrat reports New Orleans Hotel Consultants president Warren Reuther told Mayor Butch Brown and aldermen at a meeting last week that the center is rapidly approaching 70-percent capacity. Convention center manager Walter Tipton said the convention center is turning ...

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MSU introducing first-ever three-year programs

STARKVILLE — College students wanting a faster alternative to traditional four-year undergraduate programs will have the option of earning a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi State University in just three years beginning in fall 2013. MSU president Mark E. Keenum said, “This three-year program offers our students the prospect of cost savings without sacrificing the world-class level of instruction they will ...

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House rejects bill aimed at appointing school superintendents

JACKSON — House members want Mississippians to keep their elected school superintendents. And they don’t think would-be teachers should need to score 21 on the ACT. Senate Bill 2199, which was supposed to lead to more appointed superintendents around the state, lost on a 65-52 vote. Members then voted 60-59 to amend Senate Bill 2658 to cut a requirement that ...

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Supervisors mull new taxi rules, fees after drivers' protest

BILOXI — The Harrison County Board of Supervisors will hold a workshop in the next two weeks to discuss rules and fees for the taxi industry. The Sun Herald reports taxi drivers appeared before the board to protest the fees they are paying under the taxi commission established by the Legislature in 2010. Leisa Leisy, president of the Gulf Coast ...

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