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IHL begins search for three presidents

Board, constituents face tough logistics with ASU, JSU, MUW The search firms to find new presidents at Alcorn State University, Jackson State University (JSU) and Mississippi University for Women (MUW) have been selected, but the logistics of the process are going to be a challenge. There is also the matter of cost. Leah Rupp Smith, State Institutions of Higher Learning ...

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HALEY’S LEGACY

With a little more than a year left in his term, the MBJ takes a look at what areas of the state have prospered or floundered during Gov. Barbour’s time in the mansion Gov. Haley Barbour has about 18 months left before he is term-limited out of office, and if they are anything like the first six and a half ...

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Finding fresh water

Oil spill forces many boaters inland Dave Burrage has a piece of advice for recreational boaters on the Gulf as the oil spill widens — stay out. And for those boaters opting for oil-free, inland waters, he warns that carries risks, as well — to boats and their passengers. “For people and the environment, the safest place right now for ...

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There’s a new bank in town

  Sam’s Club offering small business loans to many that banks will not   A small business owner walks into a Sam’s Club, picks up a year’s worth of pens and pencils, a truckload of printer ribbons and a few gallons of ketchup for the break room. But, she could use a little working capital, too. So, on the way out the ...

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Senate vote on financial reform could be blow to state banks

Ability to compete with bigger banks is a major concern of opponents The U.S. Senate is expected to vote this week on the most sweeping rewrite of financial rules since the Great Depression, which was passed by the House June 30. Mississippi’s community bankers, much like healthcare providers, are nervous about what shape the regulations might take. The Financial Regulatory ...

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Nissan puts off LCVs until 2011

  Canton spokesperson says company did not want to rush production   The Nissan plant in Canton will not start producing light commercial vehicles (LCVs) this fall as the company originally planned. Instead, a Nissan spokesman said last Thursday morning that the first LCV would not come off the line until some time in the first quarter of 2011. “We’ll ...

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Putting it on the line for online students

MUW launches virtual college during tough times The last year has been one filled with challenges for Mississippi University for Women (MUW). The Columbus-based institution of higher learning has faced opposition to a proposed name change, its president is retiring and it is been forced to trim its offerings due to massive budget cuts. So, it was somewhat surprising when ...

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Chicken diplomacy will benefit state’s farmers

If Russia wants WTO membership, it must accept U.S. poultry, which could mean hundreds of millions of dollars to the state chicken industry   The poultry industry recently found itself in a unique position — the carrot dangling at the end of an international-diplomacy stick.  Late last month, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev struck an agreement to ...

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Study: Jackson No. 12 on recession-proof list

Steady home prices cited as a main reason   What people often say about Mississippi: We never see the best of economic times, but we don’t see the worst of the economic down times either. Jackson’s insulation from market volatility, particularly in the housing market, contributed to its earning the No. 12 spot in the ranking of America’s 100 largest ...

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Birmingham, Little Rock offer solid evidence that convention hotel will work

  Jackson City Council backs up $200-million Capitol City Center project with emergency fund; complex expected to be completed by early 2012   The Jackson City Council voted last week to set up an emergency fund that would partially pay for a Crowne Plaza hotel that would attach via skywalk to the Jackson Convention Complex.   An extended stay hotel, Staybridge ...

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