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Belhaven University to break ground on international center

Belhaven University officials will break ground Friday, April 26 at 1:30 p.m. to celebrate the addition of a new international center. The Dr. Billy Kim International Center will be an 18,000 square foot facility located in the center of campus and is projected to cost $4 million. Dr. Roger Parrott, President of Belhaven University, said, “In the modern history of ...

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Tech blogger wants Verizon to scrap wireless service contracts

Mike Beauchamp wants mega-telecom Verizon to get rid of contracts for their wireless services. The freelance blogger and self-described techie has started an online petition at Change.org claiming that Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, “has already expressed his willingness to do away with” wireless service contracts. Beauchamp writes: Getting rid of carrier contracts is a win for customers. Verizon’s CEO, Lowell McAdam, has ...

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River reopens after towboat hits I-20 bridge

VICKSBURG — The Mississippi River re-opened this morning in Vicksburg after barges hit the old U.S. Highway 80 railroad bridge. Coast Guard Lt. Ryan Gomez says that there was enough water covering a barge that sank yesterday to allow other vessels to safely pass through. After the river re-opened at 9:30 a.m. CDT, the coast guard began clearing 119 southbound ...

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Environmental economist studies a shrinking Louisiana

STARKVILLE — Louisiana is shrinking. According to new information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 25-35 square miles of land off the coast of Louisiana disappears into the water every year. Mississippi State University environmental economist Daniel Petrolia understands how important the disappearing wetlands are to commercial fisheries, storm surge protection and wildlife. “Louisiana has about 40 percent of ...

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Spring rains helpful, but crops need summer moisture

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Springtime’s soggy fields are no guarantee that summer’s row crops will have the moisture they need to thrive until harvest in the fall. Jason Krutz, irrigation specialist with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, said winter and spring rain helps recharge the soil profile, but moisture must be replenished during the growing season. “In the Delta ...

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SBA names restaurateurs as year's best entrepreneurs

JACKSON — Jeff E. Good and Daniel J. Blumenthal, owners of Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint of Jackson, have been named the SBA 2013 Mississippi Small Business Persons of the Year by the Mississippi District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Small Business Person of the Year winners from 50 states, the District of ...

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ACLU chapter: School prayer can make students feel like outsiders

JACKSON — The ACLU of Mississippi says it supports constitutionally protected, voluntary student-led prayer in school for students who want to pray. What ACLU-MS does not support, it reports in a release, is “any policy or practice that violates the Constitution.” This includes the practice of schools promoting one religious belief over another, “therefore making a child of a different ...

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Real estate firm sees earnings, revenue rise while debt falls

JACKSON — EastGroup Properties’ profit rose in the first quarter as revenues rose and debt payments fell. The real estate investment trust said quarterly profit rose 32 percent to $7.2 million, or 24 cents per share in the three months ended March 31. That’s up from $5.4 million, or 19 cents per share, in 2012’s first quarter. Quarterly revenue rose ...

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