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With merger issues aside, college president search can begin

It did not take long for the whole college merger issue to die — at least for now. A major legislative deadline came and went without action by the Mississippi Legislature last week. This clears the way for the search to begin for new presidents at Mississippi University for Women (MUW) and Alcorn State University, replacing Dr. Claudia Limbert and ...

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The end of free television?

Local news stations aren’t concerned When Comcast, the largest cable television company in the U.S., bought a controlling stake in NBC Universal in December, the industry was set abuzz by speculation that the cable giant would eventually move to replace the traditional free network model with a paid model used by cable channels. Such a move would essentially put an ...

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Court decision could mean big bucks for local TV

  On Jan. 21, the U.S. Supreme Court essentially removed the handcuffs from corporations, unions and special interest groups when it comes to political advertising. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that campaign finance laws that prohibited corporations from using their own money on political advertisements and prohibited special interest groups from spending money on political ads within 60 ...

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University budgets, what’s the bottom line? 

In Jan. 25, Dr. Hank Bounds paced back and forth in an empty State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) board room. The usually upbeat commissioner of higher education sighed, looked over his notes and paced some more. Bounds was waiting on a meeting of the IHL’s Board of Trustees to finalize tuition hikes. As someone who personally struggled to pay ...

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Farmers challenged to find lenders following disaster

Hopes for government help dwindling Stephen Bailey, a young sweet potato grower in Vardaman, suffered a 50-60 percent crop loss last year due to adverse weather that devastated his farm as it did the state’s entire farming community. Yet, he counts himself as fortunate. He knows it could be worse. “I had a friend who was a sweet potato grower, ...

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Three charities being scrutinized by state

New law allows Hosemann to crack down on shady charities   The Mississippi Secretary of State’s office has been exercising the “teeth” added to its charities law since its proposed legislation became effective in July 2009. More than 3,000 non-profit organizations are registered with the Secretary of State’s Office, said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, and investigations are ongoing. The ...

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Hospital wars

River Oaks, St. Dominic’s do battle over second Madison hospital Madison County is finally getting a new hospital. And if St. Dominic’s Health Services gets its way, the county will be getting two. The state Health Department will conduct hearings for the facility this week. A spokesperson for the Health Department said it will be at least four months before a ...

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GO NUKES?

Former Greenpeace activist tells JSU forum nuclear energy is best clean energy option   Working in a nuclear power plant is safer than working in a bank.  Environmentalist and nuclear energy advocate Dr. Patrick Moore cited this conclusion from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics safety information at a nuclear energy forum held at Jackson State University. Moore is well known ...

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Home sales last year were better than in 2008

Many believe the federal first-time home buyers’ tax credit was the key   Numbers are in from 2009 home sales, and last year’s sales were better than those in 2008. Sales in November and December were up from 2008 due to the rush to buy before the end of the federal first-time home buyers’ tax credit, which was originally set ...

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Consolidation commission faces tough task

    Funding is falling in place for a study to be used by a group established by Gov. Haley Barbour charged with recommending what, if any, public school districts in Mississippi should be consolidated. It may be the only thing that goes smoothly as the group tackles the emotionally-charged issue.   Last December, Barbour unveiled the Commission on Mississippi ...

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