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Program looks to boost rural veterinarians

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has taken the first step toward implementing a plan to address veterinary shortages throughout rural America by repaying the student loans of qualified veterinarians in return for their services in areas suffering from a lack of veterinarians. USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) administers the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program ...

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MAFES to auction farm equipment

The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will hold a Farm and Industrial Equipment Auction Feb. 27 at the Mississippi Horse Park and Agricenter in Starkville. The auction will begin at 10 a.m. and feature a wide range of surplus equipment being sold for Mississippi State University. The equipment and vehicles for auction include tractors, trackhoes, ditchers, skid steers, combines, ...

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MUW weighs its future

COLUMBUS — Opinions about the future of Mississippi University for Women are as diverse as the many groups who hold a stake in the college’s success. A couple truths are universally accepted: MUW is facing serious challenges and nobody knows how to meet them. At least not yet. After a bill aiming to merge MUW with Mississippi State University, and ...

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House proposes another budget plan

JACKSON — The Mississippi House is making another attempt to plug some holes in the current state budget. The House passed a bill yesterday that proposes taking $79 million from financial reserves and putting it into several state programs, with the biggest chunk going to education. The bill passed the Senate in a different form last month. The revised version ...

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SRDC to build new 'RIDGE' Center

STARKVILLE — The Southern Rural Development Center (SRDC) at Mississippi State University (MSU) will administer a federally funded program that encourages new and innovative research on food and nutrition assistance issues. After a nationwide competition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service selected the SRDC to host the RIDGE Center for Targeted Food and Nutrition Assistance Research. The new ...

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USM to build new Coast facility

LONG BEACH — Construction of a new building on the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus is a sign of its recovery from Hurricane Katrina. The $7.6-million Science Building will feature 33,580 square feet of biology and chemistry laboratories, a marine science laboratory, faculty offices, research space and classrooms. Construction for the facility is scheduled to begin in fall ...

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Millsaps College names new president

  JACKSON – The Board of Trustees of Millsaps College announced on Thursday, February 11, 2010, that it has unanimously elected a constitutional law scholar with over two decades of leadership in higher education to serve as the 11th president of the college. Robert W. Pearigen, Ph.D., currently vice president for university relations and professor of political science at The ...

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Barksdale offers to pay for principals

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Four Mississippi school districts have accepted an offer from the Barksdale Reading Institute to search the nation for “top-notch” elementary school principals and pay their salaries. Claiborne Barksdale is director of the institute that was created with a $100-million donation by former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale in 2000. He says hiring principals is the organization’s latest initiative. ...

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Ex-NASA officer returning to court

GULFPORT — A May trial date has been set for a former high-ranking NASA official facing nine federal charges accusing him of steering a $600,000 contract to Mississippi State University. Courtney A. Stadd, who consulting firm clients included the college, has pleaded not guilty. He is already been convicted of breaking ethics laws by steering a different contract for almost ...

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Lawmakers debating shorter schoolyear

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers are considering whether school districts should be banned from starting the academic year before Sept. 1. That proposed mandate passed the House 65-54 on Monday, but the bill containing the provision was held for the possibility of more debate. House Tourism Committee Chairwoman Diane Peranich of Pass Christian says coastal attractions have lost business because many ...

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