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Crossing the line

Controversial Gulf Coast CC-University of South Alabama deal gets personal A proposal to have an out-of state institution of higher learning offer classes on a Mississippi campus has a community college president questioning a state senator’s ethics, that senator maintaining that he is only doing his job and two high-ranking state officials wondering how that got drug into a controversy that ...

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Entrepreneurs Corner: Proving the critics wrong

The Mississippi Council on Economic Education is out to make a change in way children are educated Some critics of public education commonly point to the lack of what they refer to as “practical” education in secondary schools, by which they mean that schools do not do an effective job of preparing students for real-world economics and what it takes ...

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Charter schools could bring federal money

JACKSON — Mississippi legislators are considering a charter school proposal that backers say could better position the state for federal funding. The Obama administration has $4.35 billion set aside in its Race to the Top education reform program. Mississippi Senate Education Committee Chairman Videt Carmichael says the state could earn extra points if it had a charter school law. Proposals ...

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Sixteenth Section lease info now online

JACKSON — The Secretary of State’s Office has unveiled a new feature to the agency’s website designed to allow citizens to obtain information easily regarding 16th Section hunting and fishing leases. “This is truly an amazing new product,” said Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “Mississippians interested in leasing hunting and fishing land from the state can get a comprehensive view ...

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MAPE unveils winning school partnerships

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Association of Partners in Education (MAPE) will recognize Mississippi’s top school-community partnerships at the 25th annual MAPE State Conference April 8 at the Hilton of Jackson. Governor’s Awards recipients are: • Jackson — Watkins Elementary School Playground Project, Rowan Middle School “I Too Can Fly” program, Wingfield High School and Entergy Mississippi Inc. and Jackson ...

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DSU establishes financial assistance program

CLEVELAND — In an effort to assist students without the financial means to pursue a college education, Delta State University is announcing its new Student Assurance Program. The Student Assurance Program guarantees access to higher education for Mississippi students from families in the lowest income categories. All dependent students from families with annual earnings of less than $35,000 will be ...

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MSU to unveil joint projects with city, county

STARKVILLE — As an outgrowth of introductory meetings held last year, Mississippi State University (MSU) president Mark E. Keenum will join March 24 with Starkville and Oktibbeha County leaders to announce the first of several proposed joint projects. The program will begin at 10 a.m. at the university’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory Annex. Keenum and other MSU representatives will share ...

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College Board rejects universities' proposals

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The chancellors of Mississippi’s eight public universities presented the state College Board with requests to raise room and board rates late last week, but were told to come back next month with proposals for the long-term upkeep of dorms, not just the bare minimum needed to scrape by. “I think the universities have been very conservative. I ...

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Officials question South Alabama deal

GAUTIER — A South Mississippi junior college will ask the Attorney’s General Office for a formal opinion on whether an Alabama college can move a branch to its Gautier campus. The University of South Alabama (USA) and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) announced a partnership earlier this week that would allow USA to offer classes on campus. Since then, ...

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Scientists take aim at destructive beetle

STARKVILLE — A new program at Mississippi State University (MSU) is looking at new ways to stop a pest that kills an estimated 12 million cubic feet of the state’s pine forest annually. Research efforts usually focus on early-detection methods and control mechanisms for the southern pine beetle. But MSU experts believe preventive measures will better control this destructive pest. ...

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