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Senate proposes out-of-balance budget

JACKSON — As Mississippi lawmakers prepare for final budget talks, the Senate comes to the table with a proposed spending plan that’s out of balance. That chamber’s top budget writer wasn’t happy about it, but several lawmakers said the imbalance is no big deal because the House and Senate proposals will be rewritten in the next couple of weeks as ...

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Senate bill gives more money to schools

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are preparing for final budget negotiations, and a majority of senators say education should be a priority. A Democratic-sponsored amendment that passed 31-19 today would put about $30 million more into elementary and secondary schools than Senate leaders originally proposed. The Republican chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Alan Nunnelee, says senators need to cut $30 million ...

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Ex-MVSU president dies at home

ITTA BENA — Ernest A. Boykins Jr., who lead Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) as its president for 10 years, has died. He was 78. Boykins died Sunday at his home after a lengthy illness, the university announced on its web site. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Boykins was MVSU president from 1971-81. During his tenure, Valley was designated a university ...

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Southern Miss turns 100

University changes Hattiesburg’s direction Arguably, the most important date in the community and economic development history of the City of Hattiesburg is March 30, 1910, On that day, Mississippi Normal College, dedicated entirely to teacher training, was chartered by the Mississippi Legislature. The first class had a mere 227 students led by 17 faculty members. A century later, that institution ...

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Community college raising tuition

BOONEVILLE — It will cost more to attend Northeast Mississippi Community College (NMCC) beginning this fall. The school’s board of trustees last week approved an 11 percent hike in tuition effective July 1. The increase will raise tuition from the current $945 per semester to $1,050 per semester for Mississippi residents. NMCC president Johnny Allen tells the Daily Corinthian that ...

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South Alabama bringing campus to Mississippi

GAUTIER — University of South Alabama (USA) trustees are prepared to approve adding a satellite campus at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Gautier. The Mobile, Ala., university board’s committee of the whole has recommended creating the campus in Gautier. The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) in Hattiesburg had a location there until August. USM then closed the classroom building, ...

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Board approves school merger talks

POPLARVILLE — The Poplarville School Board has approved the opening of discussions with Pearl River County about merging the districts’ alternative schools. The Picayune Item reports Poplarville superintendent Carl Merritt was given permission this week to being talks with county schools leader Dennis E. Penton. The county school district has a fully accredited, daytime alternative school. Poplarville has a night ...

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Barbour signs bill, restoring some budget cuts

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour today signed Senate Bill 2495, which allocates $82 million from state reserves to partially restore budget cuts for district attorneys, the state court system and education. The bill allocates $41.13 million to public schools and universities, including $33 million for the Mississippi Adequate Education Program, $2 million for National Board Certification for teachers and $2 ...

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Ablitech relocates to The Garden

HATTIESBURG — Ablitech has moved its laboratories and offices into the The Garden. Ablitech Inc. CEO Ken Malone made the announcement March 10 “Our early success in developing Versadel, a potential cure for cancer, created a need for work space for a dozen researchers,” said Lisa Kemp, Ablitech’s chief science officer. “We’re pleased to have found that space in The ...

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House passes 'innovative schools' bill

JACKSON — Parents would get to restructure operations of a dozen Mississippi public schools that are failing or at risk of failing under a plan that passed the state House March 9. House Education Committee chairman Cecil Brown, D-Jackson, said the so-called “innovative schools” would give a governing board of parents the power to hire and fire teachers and principals. ...

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