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Mississippi chooses Minnesota company for standardized tests

JACKSON — Minnesota-based Questar Assessment will provide most of the standardized tests for Mississippi beginning next year. The state Board of Education voted Thursday to award a one-year contract worth $12.3 million to Questar. Mississippi has options to continue the contract for nine more years after that, with a total 10-year cost of at least $111 million. The company will ...

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Permit for utility to build new wastewater plant approved

JACKSON — State regulators have approved a permit for the West Rankin Utility Authority to construct a new wastewater treatment plant over objections from the city of Jackson. The Clarion-Ledger the city of Jackson currently provides wastewater services to the West Rankin area. In return, the utility authority pays the city about $5 million a year. The city told the ...

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College Board names Glenn Boyce as higher education chief

JACKSON — The College Board is naming former Holmes County Community College President Glenn Boyce as permanent higher education commissioner. The board announced Boyce Friday after choosing Boyce in executive session Thursday. Boyce has been serving as associate commissioner for academic affairs since June. Before that, he had served as president of Holmes Community College since 2005. The board had ...

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Percy Sledge, who sang 'When A Man Loves a Woman,' dies

BATON ROUGE, La. — Percy Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic “When a Man Loves a Woman,” died Tuesday in Louisiana. He was 74. Dr. William “Beau” Clark, coroner for East Baton Rouge Parish, confirmed to The Associated Press that Sledge died early Tuesday morning, about ...

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State press association denounces Delta State for eliminating journalism major, shuttering newspaper print product

JACKSON — The state newspaper association is condemning a plan that will eliminate journalism courses at Delta State University and shutter the school’s 83-year-old student newspaper print product. In a cover letter to the Mississippi Press Association says it sent to DSU President William LaForge dated April 13, MPA President Joel McNeece said the cuts are a “terrible and disheartening precedent” to set for ...

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Railroad 'quiet zone' still Tupelo's goal

TUPELO — In order to silence the horns and whistles that blare from the trains traveling through Tupelo, the city must first look at spending more than $5 million to make safety improvements at 22 intersections. Finding a way to improve the quality of life in a city split by railroad tracks isn’t a new development. But city leaders are ...

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Bozo's: A stack of paper bags, a permanent marker and Kihyet

PASCAGOULA — A first-time diner at Bozo’s Grocery would notice things when walking in the door — the smell of seafood and a long line of hungry customers crowded around a small table where Anton Kihyet is seated. The setup is simple: a stack of paper bags, a permanent marker and Kihyet. It’s been that way for 15 years now, ...

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MVSU raises budget by $1.1 million for modular housing loss

ITTA BENA — Mississippi Valley State University has raised its budget by $1.1 million to cover costs of buying and installing modular housing on its campus. The university originally intended to lease the dorms, but concluded it would be better to buy them. However, the school is collecting less revenue than expected, because MVSU had projected it would house 50 ...

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Russian ballet to headline final spring Lyceum event

STARKVILLE –The Russian National Ballet Theatre’s April 22 presentation of “Sleeping Beauty” will conclude Mississippi State’s 2014-15 Lyceum Series schedule. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Bettersworth Auditorium of the university’s historic Lee Hall. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased in advance via www.lyceum.msstate.edu. MSU students are admitted free with identification cards. The internationally recognized performing company ...

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