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Nissan gives $500,000 to Mississippi history museums

CANTON — Nissan Motor Co. is donating $500,000 to help fund exhibits and a dining area at two Mississippi history museums being built in downtown Jackson. The Japanese automaker made the announcement Monday at its Canton plant, along with former Mississippi governors, William Winter and Ronnie Musgrove. The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum have met ...

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Analysis: Initiative process complex and difficult to use

  JACKSON — A conservative group announced last week that it will try to put a term-limits amendment on the Mississippi ballot, but history shows there’s a good chance the proposal will never even come up for a vote. Legislators made Mississippi’s initiative process burdensome when they created it more than two decades ago. Putting a proposed constitutional amendment on ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Get ready for November ballot perplexity

The differences between Proposition 42 and Alternative 42A are stark.   Huh?   Well, for those not up to speed, Proposition 42 is the constitutional amendment on public school funding that over 116,000 citizens forced onto the ballot for this November. Alternative 42A is the substitute amendment that 30 senators (out of 52) and 65 representatives (out of 122) forced ...

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ALAN TURNER: Education in Mississippi – good and bad news

At a recent lunch meeting sponsored by the Madison County Business League & Foundation, State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carey Wright delivered an assessment of public education in Mississippi. To her credit, Dr. Wright didn’t sugarcoat the problems facing Mississippi’s schools, acknowledging that Mississippi continues to sit at the bottom of state rankings in education.  Among other problems, our state ...

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SELENA SWARTZFAGER: Students best prepared by Master Teachers of Economics

Last week, 20 teams from 18 schools from throughout Mississippi competed, flexing their intellectual muscle and testing their economic knowledge at the state Economics Challenge.  In its 12th year and made possible by BankPlus, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi, State Farm, Millsaps College, and Security Ballew, Inc. and delivered by the Mississippi Council on Economic Education, high school ...

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UPDATED: Bryant vetoes Common Core study panel bill, 3 other measures

Gov. Phil Bryant late Thursday afternoon ended any suspense over whether his signature would go on a Common Core bill supporters said was designed to kill use of the education standards in Mississippi. Bryant disagreed, and Thursday put his veto on Senate Bill 2161, saying the measure did not kill Common Core but merely created a commission to study it. ...

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Joe Street retiring after 35 years in MSU Extension Service leadership roles

STARKVILLE, Miss. — After decades of service to Mississippi State University, a long-time scientist and administrator is retiring. Joe Street, associate director for agriculture and natural resources with the MSU Extension Service, will retire April 30. Street began his career at MSU in 1980 as a plant physiologist for the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station in Stoneville and spent ...

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DAVID DALLAS — Cannabis for the rest of us

Did you know the federal government has been growing marijuana in Mississippi for over 30 years? For government use? Not at some secret location on some Mississippi back road, but on the campus of the University of Mississippi in Oxford. Tons and tons of the really good stuff, so good even the feds have got the munchies. For those who ...

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MARTY WISEMAN: The current racial strife and the failure to educate

A sentiment being expressed with all too great a frequency lately is one characterized by a growing bewilderment at the widening of the chasm in race relations in America.  With each incident where a person of color is the ultimate recipient of action on the part of law enforcement our inability to communicate with each other and our differing interpretations ...

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BILL CRAWFORD: Boyce takes hot spot as IHL commissioner

Ready or not, Dr. Glenn Boyce has been named IHL Commissioner.  He steps into the hot spot abandoned by MUW president Dr. Jim Borsig and recently vacated by now University of Nebraska system president Dr. Hank Bounds.   A high performer for nine years as president of Holmes Community College, Dr. Boyce came into the IHL system just last summer as ...

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