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Robert Khayat featured as Delta State’s Colloquia speaker

January 21, 2014

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For the MBJ The Delta State University Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series kicks off 2014 with an impressive leader — Dr. Robert Khayat, former Chancellor of the University of Mississippi. Khayat’s speech, titled “The Education of a Lifetime,” will begin at 6 p.m. on Wed., Jan. 29 in Jobe Hall Auditorium on campus. The event will […]

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USM looking to head off teacher shortage

January 16, 2014

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One Mississippi public university is redoubling efforts to insure that the state recruits and retains more teachers. While the state of Mississippi faces a teacher shortage in critical needs areas throughout the state, the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast is working to help alleviate those shortages through customized licensure programs, as well as promoting […]

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MSU to hold meeting to gauge interest in Japanese culture

January 15, 2014

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The coming of Yokohama Tire to the Golden Triangle has prompted one Mississippi public university to host an event aimed at measuring interest in Japanese culture. The Mississippi State University School of Human Sciences will host local community leaders at an informational meeting to gauge interest in its Japan Outreach Initiative. The meeting will be […]

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Common Core causes split in Republican ranks

January 9, 2014

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Gov. Phil Bryant

By Bobby Harrison JACKSON – Most, if not all, the opposition to enacting new Common Core academic standards for Mississippi students has come from politicians and people affiliated with the Republican Party. But thus far that opposition has not included three crucial Republicans – Gov. Phil Bryant, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves and House Speaker Philip […]

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Pay lags for Mississippi government employees

January 9, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — Mississippi government employees make an average of $9,108 less than their counterparts in the surrounding states of Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee. Mississippi State Personnel Board director Deanna Mosley tells lawmakers on Thursday that the average in Mississippi is $34,506. That compares to the four states’ average of $43,614. Mississippi government employees’ […]

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Curtain comes down on Thalia Mara temporarily as refurbishing gets under way

January 9, 2014

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The restoration of Jackson’s aging Thalia Mara Hall will reach the point-of-no-return Monday as workers began tearing out its more than 2,300 seats. The nearly half-century-old entertainment hall will shut down as workers scramble to replace the seating, lighting, heating and air conditioning system and complete a host of other restoration chores. Their goal is […]

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Symposium to give forecast for the economy in 2014

January 8, 2014

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What does the economy hold for 2014? An event in South Mississippi will look to answer that question. The Hattiesburg campus of the University of Southern Mississippi will present the Economic Outlook 2014 symposium Jan. 23 at the Thad Cochran Center. Hosted by the Southern Miss College of Business and the Trent Lott National Center, […]

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Mississippi flag causes flap in S. California

January 2, 2014

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SANTA ANA, Calif. — Some Southern California attorneys want the Mississippi state flag, the last in the nation to include the Confederate stars and bars, removed from a display at Santa Ana’s civic center. The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/KmrADY) Thursday that the Orange County Bar Association said the emblem symbolizes hatred and racism. The […]

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OIG audit questions use of Katrina money in Mississippi

January 2, 2014

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JACKSON, Mississippi — A new federal report says Mississippi officials accepted unsupported population growth estimates in developing a plan to use $653 million in federal Hurricane Katrina recovery money for water and wastewater facilities, including some that may not be needed. The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Inspector General also questioned appraisals […]

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Brister leaving Polymer Institute; Thompson filling in

December 23, 2013

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The Mississippi Polymer Institute is in a transition phase with the departure of director Dr. Bryan Brister, who has accepted a position as chief operating officer with Voltea, an international water purification company. MPI operations leader Robert Thompson will assume the role of interim director. Brister came to MPI in 2010 as director and during […]

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