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Six out of eight universities could have higher tuitions in 2015

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Tuition and fees will rise at six of Mississippi’s public universities in fall 2015 if the College Board approves. Across the eight schools, Mississippi residents will see average tuition for two semesters (fall and spring) go up by an average of 3.2 percent to $6,718 in fall 2014. Rates for certain professional […] [...]

(UPDATE) Appeals Court upholds awarding of CON for hospital

BILOXI — Harrison HMA, owners of Gulf Coast Medical Center, has won a lawsuit challenging the state’s approval of its plan to build a new hospital in Biloxi. The Mississippi State Department of Health issued a certificate of need for the project in 2012. Mississippi requires a CON in a process designed to avoid duplication […] [...]

Residents of Gulfport to pay more for water, sewer

GULFPORT — City of Gulfport residents may pay 5 percent more in water bills to pay for infrastructure improvements. Yesterday, the city council passed a $30 million bond with $20 million of it going into water, sewer and drainage improvements. “We have a lot of infrastructure in the ground that’s 50-years-old and older. We’ve had […] [...]

College Board gives Keenum contract extension, raise

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum has received a raise and a four-year contract extension. Minutes released by the College Board show members voted unanimously in closed session in October to raise Keenum’s salary from $429,000 to $454,700 a year, starting Nov. 1 when the contract extension took effect. The state is paying […] [...]

Court of Appeals rules for Harrison HMA in hospital lawsuit

BILOXI — Harrison HMA, owners of Gulf Coast Medical Center, has won a lawsuit challenging the state’s approval of its plan to build a new hospital in Biloxi. The Mississippi State Department of Health issued a certificate of need for the project in 2012. Mississippi requires a CON in a process designed to avoid duplication […] [...]

BP appealing to have oil spill settlement administrator removed

NEW ORLEANS — BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The company filed notice yesterday that it plans to file with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. BP has long […] [...]

Dollar General store cited by OSHA for second time

BROOKLYN — A Dollar General store in south Mississippi has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for safety hazards. OSHA says in a news release yesterday this is the second time the Brooklyn store has been cited for the same hazards. It was cited for the same violations in 2010. Brooklyn is […] [...]

Noted Mississippi painter Bucci dies at 92

RIDGELAND — Modernist painter Andrew Bucci, a celebrated Mississippi visual artist whose work spanned nearly eight decades, died Sunday at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, after a brief illness. He was 92. A memorial service will be announced at a future date. His death was announced in a statement released today by the family. In recent […] [...]

School Superintendent Kuykendall to retire after 12 years

HERNANDO — Milton Kuykendall, superintendent of DeSoto County Schools for the past 12 years, will retire when his term expires in December 2015. The superintendent in DeSoto County is an elected position. Kuykendall, 67, said in a statement yesterday he announced his retirement now to allow plenty of time for anyone wanting to run for […] [...]

Three insurers selling in state on health care reform website

JACKSON — Three companies are now selling health insurance in Mississippi through a federal website created under the health overhaul that President Barack Obama signed into law. That’s up from two in the state last year. A three-month annual enrollment period started Saturday for consumers seeking coverage through the online marketplace, or health exchange. It’s […] [...]

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