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Schools will probably need less state funding in 2015

JACKSON — Schools are likely to seek less money from the Mississippi Legislature for the first time since the current school funding formula was created. An early estimate of the request for the 2015 budget year shows the formula requiring $28.5 million less for reach full funding. Lawmakers have allocated much less than full funding in recent years, in part ...

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Attorneys ask judge to allow oil spill payments to continue

NEW ORLEANS — A team of plaintiffs’ lawyers urged a federal judge on Thursday to reject BP’s bid to suspend all settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company’s 2010 oil spill. In a court filing, attorneys who brokered a multibillion-dollar settlement with BP PLC say the company hasn’t provided any evidence ...

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Board to vote on returning schools to local control

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Three Mississippi school districts are poised to be returned to local control over the next year. The three districts — North Panola, Hazlehurst and Tate County — were taken over by the state for failure to meet state standards. The state Board of Education is likely to vote tomorrow to end the state of emergency in each ...

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Vatican offers 'time off purgatory' to followers of Pope Francis tweets

How’s this for a marketing strategy? Guardian.uk is reporting on the Vatican’s latest attempts to keep up with social media. Tom Kington writes that the Roman Catholic Church “has married one of its oldest traditions to the world of social media by offering indulgences to followers of Pope Francis‘ tweets.” The article says, “the church’s granted indulgences reduce the time Catholics believe they ...

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Researchers look at improving catfish farmers' profitability

STONEVILLE — Mississippi State University scientists looking to help catfish producers keep costs low and quality high have found catfish can thrive for the first six weeks after hatching by feeding on naturally occurring zooplankton. Several aquaculture researchers at MSU’s Thad Cochran National Warmwater Aquaculture Center compared the growth and survival of two groups of recently hatched catfish, called fry. ...

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Erosion control demonstration project highlighted at Ag Museum

JACKSON — Commissioner of Agriculture and Commerce Cindy Hyde-Smith and U.S. Department of Agriculture-Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS) Acting State Conservationist Kevin Kennedy recently showcased a new erosion control demonstration project on the grounds of the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. The project, a partnership between the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce and the USDA-NRCS, addresses erosion problems that ...

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Construction to begin on new hurricane evacuation route

HANCOCK COUNTY — The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) will soon begin work on a comprehensive highway project involving construction of roadway along Highway 607 in Hancock County, creating an additional hurricane evacuation route for local residents. The project was awarded to TCB Construction Company of Poplarville for $15.2 million. Crews will build two new southbound lanes on Highway 607 ...

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Commission to hear from public about proposed school consolidation

STARKVILLE — A commission looking at the possible consolidation of the Starkville and Oktibbeha County schools will hear from the public on Aug. 22. The Commission on Starkville/Oktibbeha Consolidated School District also must prepare a report for the Mississippi Legislature by March 1, 2014. The results of the study are not binding. House Bill 716, passed by lawmakers this year ...

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Real estate developer gets 10 days in prison for bank fraud

OXFORD — DeSoto County developer Chuck Roberts will serve 10 days in a federal prison in September for his role in a bank fraud scheme involving a Southaven subdivision his company was planning to build. The Commercial Appeal reports the 46-year-old Roberts said during yesterday’s sentencing hearing in U.S. District Court in Oxford that his actions were not indicative of ...

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MSU Foundation’s fund-raising tops $80 million for 3rd year

Mississippi State University is marking its third consecutive year of raising more than $80 million in outright gifts and pledges of future support from individuals, corporations, foundations, trusts and estates. Fund-raising from the just-ended fiscal 2013 exceeded $81.3 million. Previous record years included FY 2012, in which Mississippi State experienced its largest single giving year total in school history with ...

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