Archive | February, 2013

Bill LaForge the pick of College Board for new president at Delta State

February 22, 2013

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College Board officials say William “Bill” LaForge is their nominee to be president at Delta State University. » See related MBJ links for Bill LaForge LaForge is currently a lobbyist in Washington, D.C. A native of Cleveland and graduate of Delta State, his father was a professor of history there. LaForge will meet with campus […]

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Delta-born blues guitarist Magic Slim dead at 75

February 22, 2013

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Magic Slim, a younger contemporary of blues greats Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf who helped shape the sound of Chicago’s electric blues, died Thursday. He was 75. He died shortly after midnight Thursday at a Philadelphia, Pa., hospital, said his manager, Marty Salzman, the Huffington Post news blog reports.The musician had health problems that worsened […]

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Op-Ed: The shared fortunes of Jackson and its suburbs

February 22, 2013

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By: Matthew D. Bolian Since 2011, a fight has been brewing in the state capitol over where the Department of Revenue (DOR) and its 500 plus workers are going to relocate. In one corner is Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson, and in the other is Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, R-Clinton. Sen. Blount represents those […]

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Memo: Sequestration could cost funding to Natchez Trace

February 22, 2013

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Visitors to America’s national parks will encounter fewer rangers, find locked restrooms and visitors centers, and see trashcans emptied less often if 5 percent across-the-board cuts are enacted by sequestration. A National Park Service internal memo obtained by The Associated Press compiles a list of cuts in services in parks from Cape Cod to Yosemite. […]

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Dr. Gene Wiggins, USM Professor Emeritus of Mass Communication and Journalism, dies at 69

February 22, 2013

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Dr. Gene Wiggins, a professor emeritus in The University of Southern Mississippi School of Mass Communication and Journalism, died Thursday, Feb. 21 at his home in Hattiesburg. He was 69. Funeral and memorial arrangements for Dr. Wiggins will be announced later. Dr. Wiggins joined the Southern Miss faculty in 1973. He earned his bachelor’s and […]

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Rising gasoline prices expected to take toll on Miss. economy

February 22, 2013

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While individual motorists are feeling the pain at the pump from near daily increases in the per gallon price of gasoline, the rising prices are likely to stunt the already meager growth in Mississippi’s overall economy, a state senior economist says. Combined with the Jan. 1 return of a 2 percent portion of the payroll […]

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Pentagon furloughs to cost Miss. over $50 million in payroll

February 21, 2013

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The numbers are starting to come in on the cost of the $86 billion federal budget sequester that kicks in March 1. For starters, Mississippi stands to lose $50.4 million in civilian defense payroll this year. That loss is to come from the planned furloughs of 800,000 Department of Defense civilians workers as part of […]

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Ranks of Bryant’s Medicaid holdout partners thins as Fla.’s Scott takes deal

February 21, 2013

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The number of governors refusing to accept the federal offer of hundreds of millions of dollars for expanding Medicaid to their state’s working poor is dwindling, with Florida Gov. Rick Scott Wednesday joining Ohio’s Gov. John Kasich and Michigan’s Rick Snyder in accepting the offer. More than two dozen governors continue to hold out against […]

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Mississippi Gaming Commission OKs new casino application regulations

February 21, 2013

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After making few adjustments, the Mississippi Gaming Commission gave unanimous approval Thursday to a change in application regulations, intended to make future state casinos more attractive to visitors. “The environment has changed,” John Hairston, chairman of the Mississippi Gaming Commission, said at Thursday’s monthly meeting. “And we’re responding to that change.” Continued growth of gambling […]

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Jackson law firm sues on behalf of Carnival Triumph passenger

February 20, 2013

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The law offices of John Arthur Eaves filed a lawsuit today in Galveston, Texas, on behalf of a Texas woman who traveled aboard the Carnival Triumph. In a released statement, Eaves says, “Texans who watched Carnival’s million-dollar ad campaign in Texas and bought their tickets in Texas and who boarded the ship in Texas deserve […]

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