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Engineering educator Keith officially named dean of MSU’s Bagley College

STARKVILLE. – A nationally recognized leader in engineering education, research and service will lead the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University. Jason M. Keith, who has served as interim leader and Earnest W. and Mary Ann Deavenport Jr. chair since March 2014, will assume the duties of dean June 1. Keith was chosen after an extensive national search ...

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MSU’s Keenum elected vice president of the Southeastern Conference

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  STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum has been elected vice president of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) by his fellow presidents/chancellors. The action was taken Friday at the SEC’s summer meeting in Destin, Florida. Keenum will serve a term of one year in the post, succeeding the retiring University of Arkansas Chancellor G. David Gearhart. Gearhart is retiring from ...

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State’s ‘Big 4’ row crops post record yields in 2014

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By LINDA BREAZEALE   STARKVILLE -— Mother Nature may deserve most of the credit, but management decisions by some “boots on the ground” also contributed to Mississippi’s record yields in cotton, soybeans, corn and rice in 2014. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released the official cotton yield averages, placing Mississippi fields at an all-time high of 1,232 pounds per acre. ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Kemper III: Return of the co-op

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Earlier last week, South Mississippi Electric Power Association (SMEPA) backed out of its partnership with Southern Company of Atlanta and its subsidiary, Mississippi Power Company (MPC). It was a bold step by the Board of SMEPA to protect rate payers but their decision creates even more problems for the embattled Kemper County Energy Facility. Southern Company’s “clean-coal” is new, untried ...

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A caution light for Pearl, Ridgeland on land-use?

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Supreme Court decision could be obstacle to cities’ efforts to redo rental property law By TED CARTER The May 14 Mississippi Supreme Court ruling in a Richland mobile home park case reinforces the belief that state and constitutional law protects non-conforming land uses, says the lawyer who won the case and others who watched it closely. The lawyers were not alone ...

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COMMERCIAL FINANCE 701 — Tax credits: key programs and select acronyms

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T ax credit programs cannot be credited with the conception of the term “acronymophobia” – an irrational fear of acronyms – but the phobic population grows with each new program.  Three popular tax credit acronyms for developers are LIHTC, NMTC and HTC. These letters represent incentive programs, which account for about $8.5 billion of annual U.S. credited federal taxes. All ...

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SUMESH ARORA — What makes you an innovator?

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I nnovation has the power to transform lives and comes in all shapes, sizes and colors; from rural and urban areas; and in small steps and in giant leaps. Generally, when one thinks of innovation, the latest electronic gadgets or self-driving cars probably jump out as the most obvious examples. Innovation in Mississippi is actually evident in many areas of ...

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