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Poros: "Mississippi kind of grows on you"

John Poros came to Mississippi State University to serve two years as a visiting professor in the College of Architecture, Art & Design. That was 13 years ago and the Silver Spring, Md., native is happily ensconced as an associate professor of architecture and as director of the Carl Small Town Center. He came to MSU from Philadelphia, Pa., where ...

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Williams, new chair of state workers’ comp commission

As chairman of the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Commission, Liles B. Williams oversees the work of an agency that receives reports of more than 11,000 work-related injuries per year. Williams sees his role as one of trying to control the costs while assuring that injured workers are treated fairly. “It is a good feeling when you can be a part of ...

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Bryant unsure of migrant labor crackdown’s economic costs

Gov. Phil Bryant says he has no idea what the costs would be to Mississippi’s agricultural sector if a tough anti-immigration law caused undocumented immigrants to leave the state en masse as they have in Georgia and Alabama. While Georgia and Alabama sustained serious economic losses from crops that went un-harvested after the workers left, Bryant does not expect that ...

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Ag researcher sees good times ahead for farmers

He has the same name as a famous comedian and even though he’s serious about the work he does, Mississippi’s Steve Martin can be humorous too. He serves as the head of the Delta Research & Extension Center and extension professor at the Mississippi State University facility in Stoneville. His areas of research include production agriculture, rice and cotton marketing, ...

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Bryant’s office set conference to coincide with Catholic Day

Mississippi’s Catholic leaders have spoken out strongly against the state’s plans to adopt a stringent Alabama-style immigration law, but Gov. Phil Bryant’s supporters set aside “Catholic Day” at the Capitol last Wednesday to champion just such a law. Bryant joined with Mississippi Tea Party and the Mississippi Federation for Immigration Reform and Enforcement to detail support for legislation that would ...

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For Mississippi farmers … Cost uncertainties temper cheers for prospect of higher crop prices

A pair of Mississippi agriculture economists say 2012 crop winners should be soybeans, corn and — to a lesser degree — cotton. But don’t expect farmers are sleeping all that well as March arrives and planting choices must be made, said John Michael Riley, an agriculture economist with the Agricultural Extension Service at Mississippi State University. Corn, soybeans and cattle ...

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‘Coaching math’ gets through to kids

>> Northwest Rankin’s Morrison honored as one the best educators in Mississippi Sometimes high school coaches aren’t thought of as the best teachers. But one of the top high school principals in the state spent many years coaching while also showing a passion for teaching math. “I see coaching and teaching as interchangeable,” said Northwest Rankin High School principal Thomas ...

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Clinical therapist Thomas Pough helps bring sex addiction out of the shadows

As a college student, Thomas Pough made the discovery that counseling was for him. A series of positions and moves led him to Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services in Hattiesburg in 1996. An outgrowth of Forrest General Hospital, it’s one of the nation’s most comprehensive treatment centers and Mississippi’s largest. “I’ve always been interested in helping others. I ...

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Kicker: Mississippi Craft Center named one of top 10 in country

Julia Daily, executive director, Mississippi Craftsmen’s Guild, has traveled around the country to visit art galleries and craft centers like the one she oversees, the Mississippi Craft Center. She has found that the work of Mississippi artists and craftsmen compares favorably to the best in the nation. “I would place our artisans up against any in the country,” Daily said. ...

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