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USM slashing out-of-state tuition fees to attract more students

Hattiesburg Business Today The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) wants more Golden Eagles from out of state. With in-state enrollment declining for each of the past four years, USM plans to attract more students by reducing out-of-state tuition by $6,565 beginning next fall. Out-of-state tuition will fall from $16,529 this year to $9,964 in the fall of 2017. That will ...

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Southern Miss’s ‘Garden’ science park element ready to market parcels

» Legislature gave USM greenlight to sell, lease properties inside   Hattiesburg Business Today The University of Southern Mississippi is set to begin marketing the approximately 520-acre technology park component of The Garden. Once home to the university’s golf course, the innovation and commercialization park on Shelby Thames Drive already has curb cuts, water and sewer and fiber lines. But until this ...

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Scianna Hall ‘transformative’ for USM College of Business, dean says

» Business student numbers up while USM total enrollment is down   Hattiesburg Business Today Faye Gilbert narrowly missed getting to inaugurate a new home for the College of Business and Economics at Radford University in Virginia, where she served as business school dean. But the opportunity arose anew upon her arrival at the University of Southern Mississippi in summer ...

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Ryan Peets joins MBJ sales team

By JACK WEATHERLY Ryan Peets has joined the Mississippi Business Journal as a sales representative. A graduate of Jackson Prep and Ole Miss, Peets has been involved in sales and marketing in Austin, Texas and Jackson. Peet’s assignment will be to develop new accounts for the Journal. “We are delighted to have filled our open account executive position with Ryan,” ...

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Tourism agency: European flights to energize Mississippi market

By JACK WEATHERLY British Airways and Condor Airlines will start offering nonstop flights from London and Germany to New Orleans. Visit Mississippi, the state tourism agency, expects that 30 to 40 percent of an estimated 76,000 Euro visitors will take in Mississippi. Agency Director Craig Ray calls it a “game changer” for the state. Mississippi and the city of Memphis ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — The strangest eminent domain case ever

There is an intriguing eminent domain case going on in south Mississippi. It involves a popular, well-known local eatery, the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT), the local county government and a 100-foot strip of land alongside a highway. The real estate issue is property value, but that is only the beginning. Let’s begin with a brief, but incomplete factual timeline ...

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Regulators delay vote on Mississippi Power coal ash plan

Mississippi utility regulators aren’t quite ready to vote on an $82 million plan for Mississippi Power Co. to close coal ash disposal areas in Gulfport. The Public Service Commission Tuesday delayed action on the plan until at least Dec. 15, questioning whether rules might change under incoming President Donald Trump. Mississippi Power, a unit of Atlanta-based Southern Co., says it’s ...

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Miss. lawyers: Don’t revive lawsuit over Confederate emblem

Attorneys for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant have asked a federal appeals court not to revive a lawsuit that sought to erase the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag. State attorneys filed arguments Monday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, saying U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled correctly in September when he dismissed a lawsuit ...

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’60 Minutes’ effect: showers of positive news on Golden Triangle

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi got the nation’s attention Sunday night – and it was all positive. CBS’ “60 Minutes” focused on the economic strides of the Golden Triangle, whose points are Starkville, Columbus and West Point. And it revolved around Joe Max Higgins, the colorful chief executive of LINK, the economic development agency for the area. Higgins said on Monday he was surprised ...

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Tupelo’s Green Street business district remembered

By DENNIS SEID / Daily Journal TUPELO – Just a few yards away where Theodore “Ted” Debro Jr. spoke Wednesday was once Debro’s Cafe, a popular spot for Tupelo’s African-American community. The cafe, which was opened by Debro’s father, was an integral part of the Green Street business district that served as the hub of the black community in the early ...

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