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Highlights of proposed charter school bill

Senate Bill 2401, the “MISSISSIPPI PUBLIC CHARTER SCHOOLS ACT 1 OF 2012” introduced by Sen. Gray Tollison is now available to the public. Read the full bill here. See Feb. 13, 2012 MBJ story, “Advocates want more flexible charter school bill.” Interesting  and notable elements in the bill: Independent Authorizer Board created SB 2041 creates the Mississippi Public Charter School ...

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Q&A: Thomas Broadus, director of interactive & news media, The Focus Group

Thomas Broadus enjoys educating Mississippi’s business community on social and media and trends in communication technology. He is the director of interactive and new media for The Focus Group in Gulfport. Broadus earned a bachelor’s degree in management information systems and a master’s in communication from the University of Southern Mississippi. For several years he served as the web administrator ...

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KIPP charter group interested in Mississippi

The Knowledge is Power Program, or KIPP, charter schools are well-respected nationwide for having a proven track record of charter school success. Of more than 100 KIPP schools serving 32,000 students nationally, the majority of whom are minorities qualifying for free lunch programs, more than 85 percent have entered college upon graduation. The mission of the Knowledge is Power Program ...

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Advocates want more flexible charter school bill

Charter school advocates believe this is the year for Mississippi to make progress in school choice through more flexible charter school legislation. In his first State of the State address, Gov. Phil Bryant said now is the time for Mississippi to pass a “workable” charter school law. A 2010 law passed by the state Legislature allows public schools that have ...

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Q&A: Paul Lacoste, owner, Paul Lacoste Sports

Paul Lacoste, owner of Paul Lacoste Sports, has dubbed himself “Mississippi’s Coach” and has a passion for getting Mississippians healthy. Lacoste grew up in Jackson and played football at Mississippi State University, where he also earned a master’s degree in sports administration and exercise science. He has played for the Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts of the NFL as well ...

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ANALYSIS — Mississippi has big money invested in KiOR's financially challenged project

The eyes of the international renewable-fuels community are fixed on KiOR (NASDAQ:KIOR), a Texas-based company in which Mississippi has a large stake — specifically a $75 million interest-free loan administered by the Mississippi Development Authority. KiOR plans to build five plants in Mississippi that should convert wood chips to renewable crude through a process called pyrolysis, a feat only accomplished ...

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'Candy Land' — King has fulfilled her dream while sweetening customers’ lives

To open the door of Nandy’s Candy in Jackson is to beoverwhelmed with the smell of real chocolate. Rich, dark, velvety chocolate. Not the overly sugared, artificially flavored, cheap disappointment. Nandy’s is the real deal. Display cases filled with American truffles, amaretto truffles, Bailey’s Irish cream, walnut clusters, pecan, cashew and almond clusters, marzipan, chocolate marshmallow, butter crisp, raspberry chips, ...

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Hybrid Plastics technology used in world's first synthetic organ transplant

HATTIESBURG — Technology from a Mississippi company has been used in an international medical breakthrough: Hybrid Plastics’ unique technology called POSS (Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane) was recently used to enable the world’s first synthetic organ transplant. In the surgery performed in June 2011 in Sweden, a terminally ill cancer patient received a new trachea, or windpipe, made from his own stem ...

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Q&A: Carol Hardwick touts MEDC’s new exchange, Y.P. programs

Carol Hardwick is executive director and COO of Jackson-based Mississippi Economic Development Council, which serves economic development and chamber professionals statewide. Hardwick studied political science at Millsaps College before working for Sen. Thad Cochran, coordinating to his 1990 and 1996 campaigns and handling PAC fundraising. Hardwick joined MEDC in 2002. She and husband, Phil, a contributing writer for the Mississippi ...

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USM, MSU do well among ‘Most Popular National Universities’

University of Southern Mississippi ranks No. 43, Mississippi State University No. 65 on ‘Most Popular National Universities’ list by U.S. News & World Report How did they measure popularity? “One of the best indicators of a school’s popularity among students is the school’s yield–the percentage of applicants accepted by a college who end up enrolling at that institution in the ...

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