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MUW name-change appears dead

COLUMBUS — A legislative effort to give Mississippi University for Women a gender-neutral name appears dead this session. The Senate Universities and Colleges Committee took no vote on the bill that would have given the state College Board the authority to rename the school. That killed the bill, since it wouldn’t meet today’s legislative deadline. Opponents of the proposal claimed ...

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Study looks at later-starting school year

GULFPORT — If school began at the end of August, a study by Gulf Coast Business Council Research Foundation finds the state could generate millions in tourism dollars and school districts could save money on utilities. Currently, most districts begin holding class the first or second week in August. The study looked at starting at the end of August or ...

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Ross says no talk of college mergers

JACKSON — College Board president Scott Ross says the board has had no discussions about merging any of Mississippi’s public universities. Ross told lawmakers yesterday that the board assumed Gov. Haley Barbour’s proposal to merge eight universities into five was “dead on arrival” because the House Universities Committee chairman opposes it. Ross’ comments prompted murmurs of approval from many of ...

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College tenure under scrutiny

JACKSON — Is academic tenure under attack? A number of university professors across Mississippi believe so. The state College Board gave initial approval in December to policy changes that would reduce how much warning time is required to fire tenured and tenure-track professors for financial reasons. There’s even in a bill in the Legislature that would eliminate tenure entirely. The ...

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Bounds, Ross ask for more financial aid

JACKSON — Higher education leaders are asking Mississippi lawmakers to boost funding for financial aid programs, saying hundreds of students have been denied assistance because of a lack of money. State College Board President Scott Ross and Higher Education Commissioner Hank Bounds appeared before the House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday — a day after the board voted to raise average ...

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Mason backs black university merger

JACKSON — A proposal to merge Mississippi’s three historically black universities apparently has been getting a behind-the-scenes push from an unexpected proponent: Jackson State University president Ronald Mason Jr. Mason has been talking to state lawmakers about a proposal that would create one university out of Jackson State, Alcorn State and Mississippi Valley State. Gov. Haley Barbour has recommended the ...

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House restores $100M to state budget

JACKSON — The Mississippi House, on a 73-47 vote, approved a bill yesterday that would restore $100 million of the $437 million in budget cuts made by Gov. Haley Barbour. A yes vote was a vote for the proposal, while a no vote was a vote against it. Voting yes were 71 Democrats and 2 Republicans. Voting no were 45 ...

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Ex-finance manager arrested for embezzlement

BAY ST. LOUIS — On Jan. 25, special agents with the State Auditor’s Office arrested Linda Gavagnie and served her with an indictment on the charge of embezzlement. Based on the evidence collected by the State Auditor’s Office, it is alleged that Gavagnie embezzled over $22,000 by making false entries into financial records of the school and transferring funds into ...

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Ex-JCJC worker sentenced for embezzlement

ELLISVILLE — After pleading guilty to embezzling more than $90,000 from Jones County Junior College (JCJC), Tracy Laird, 40, of Ellisville was sentenced to serve five years in prison and an additional five years post-release supervision. The State Auditor’s Office investigated the case where Laird admitted to embezzling funds beginning in July 2007. The Auditor’s investigation started in Feb. 2009. ...

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Non-BCS conferences receive record payments

WASHINGTON — The five college football conferences that don’t get automatic bids to the Bowl Championship Series will receive a record $24 million from this year’s BCS bowl games, according to BCS figures obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The distribution of money has been a main point of contention for congressional critics of the Bowl Championship Series system. Lawmakers ...

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