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(VIDEO) New Delta State president Bill LaForge has prolific agenda

New Delta State president Bill LaForge says his first three weeks on the job at the Cleveland school have been like “drinking out of a fire hose.” The Cleveland native and DSU graduate has taken part in student forums, faculty forums as well as meeting with the Institutions of Higher Learning in Jackson. “It has been a great opportunity,” LaForge ...

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Nonprofit suing over voter rolls in two Miss. counties

JEFFERSON DAVIS COUNTY and WALTHALL COUNTY — A nonprofit group has filed a federal lawsuit that claims Jefferson Davis and Walthall counties have more registered voters on the books than residents eligible to vote. The Hattiesburg American reports the American Civil Rights Union sued the counties’ election commissions in U.S. District Court late last month. The group wants the court to ...

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State sends drone site proposal to FAA

JACKSON — Mississippi is bidding for one of six sites nationwide to test unmanned aerial vehicles. A Mississippi Development Authority spokeswoman says the state submitted its proposal to the Federal Aviation Administration on Monday. State officials say the FAA should choose Mississippi because it has three manufacturers of unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as a flight laboratory at Mississippi State ...

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Hurricane forecaster: Last year was 'water, water, water'

GULF OF MEXICO — Last year’s hurricane season drove home some big lessons, the nation’s chief hurricane forecaster said Tuesday: Storm surge and flooding are dangerous and difficult to predict, and sometimes it’s even harder to communicate that sense of urgency to the public. It wasn’t just high winds that posed a threat and caused damage, said National Hurricane Center ...

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No injuries in Hub City bar fire; investigation underway

HATTIESBURG — A fire gutted the Frat House bar early yesterday but authorities say there were no injuries. The Hattiesburg American reports no one was in the bar on South 37th Avenue when the fire was reported shortly after 2:30 a.m. Fire Investigator Geneva Morgan says the building was a total loss. No one was in the bar when the ...

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(VIDEO) Wingham Rowan: A new kind of job market

Plenty of people need jobs with very flexible hours — but it’s difficult for those people to connect with the employers who need them. Wingham Rowan is working on that. He explains how the same technology that powers modern financial markets can help employers book workers for slivers of time. In this Ted Talk, Wingham Rowan,  the founder of social ...

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Report: Confidence in Coast economy up modestly

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Director of research and policy Scott King and the Gulf Coast Business Council Research Foundation has released the quarterly CEO and Business Owners Confidence Report for the first quarter of 2013. “Confidence in the Gulf Coast’s economy is improving moderately,” said Jack Norris, president of the Gulf Coast Business Council. “This is encouraging but at the ...

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New education trend? District marketing schools

TUPELO — Noting the competition that exists when parents choose where to send their children to school, first-year Tupelo superintendent Gearl Loden has begun a campaign to aggressively market the school district. From billboards to newspaper advertisements to a student-produced program that airs on WTVA-TV in Tupelo, the district has actively tried to share its story. This comes after a ...

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NVision expands through new agreement with QinetiQ

HANCOCK COUNTY — NVision Solutions Inc. has expanded its engineering services and capabilities through a strategic licensing agreement with QinetiQ North America Inc. (QNA) and the addition of personnel with expertise in underwater sensors and acoustic telemetry. Under its agreement with QNA, NVision will have the exclusive right to further develop and license to end users QNA’s proprietary SAKI technology, ...

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The Accelerator adds three new tenants, including GE Aviation

HATTIESBURG — The Accelerator, the University of Southern Mississippi’s technology commercialization center, has added new tenants GE Aviation, Radiance Technologies and Vatican Capital. GE Aviation, which just opened a new aircraft engine composite parts production facility in Ellisville has leased space at The Accelerator and is working with Mississippi Polymer Institute (MPI) and Jones County Junior College to produce employee ...

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