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University state flag legislation dies, issue lives

By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal Legislation passed Wednesday that would try to force the state’s public universities to fly the state flag died Thursday. It died when House Ways and Means Chair Jeff Smith, R-Columbus, did not try to table a motion to reconsider the bill. The deadline to table the motion is Friday, and the House will not reconvene ...

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Senate unveils K-12 budget, raising questions on new formula

Senators are offering a bill to fund public schools for 2017-2018, intensifying the question of whether lawmakers will rewrite Mississippi’s school funding formula this year. Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee amended House Bill 1502, adding back $2.2 billion to spend using the current formula. Earlier, House Speaker Philip Gunn had removed the money from the bill. The Clinton Republican wants ...

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USM faculty member gets grant for Fresh Food on the Move

By BECKY GILLETTE “Preventative health care is a lot cheaper than what we have traditionally done” Charkarra Anderson-Lewis, Ph.D.,  was only 15 years old when her mother, 36, died from heart disease. It had a lasting impression on Anderson-Lewis, a University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Department of Health associate professor who recently received a $2,000 grant to institute a mobile ...

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Mississippi House proposes strong-arming colleges over state flag

Mississippi universities that refuse to fly the Confederate-themed state flag could lose proposed tax breaks, the latest twist in a long battle over a symbol critics see as racist. All eight of Mississippi’s public universities have stopped flying the flag because it prominently features the Confederate battle emblem, angering supporters of the banner. The state House voted 57-56 Wednesday to ...

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MSU Foundation officers

The Mississippi State University Foundation has selected its officers, as well as new members for the 47-seat board of directors. In its 55th year, the MSU Foundation is being led by Earnest W. “Earnie” Deavenport Jr. of Kiawah Island, S.C., who is entering his second term as board chair. Deavenport is joined by returning 2016 officers D. Hines Brannan Jr. ...

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MSU grad student honored

John Boul, a Mississippi State graduate student, is the Southern Weed Science Society’s selection for the Outstanding Graduate Student award for the state. Buol is a master’s student studying agriculture in MSU’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. The recognition is given to one master’s student each year across 15 states, and students are only eligible for the award once ...

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Swartzfager NAEE president

Selena Swartzfager, president of the MS Council on Economic Education has been elected as President of the National Association of Economic Educators.  Swartzfager served two terms as treasurer prior to being elected as president. The National Association of Economic Educators is the professional association of economic educators with a mission to advance economic and financial literacy by serving educators. Swartzfager ...

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Seal to lead MSU center

Susan Seal has been named executive director of Mississippi State University’s Center for Distance Education. Seal, an assistant professor of international agricultural and extension education, has served as the interim executive director of the Center for Distance Education since July. Seal will continue to lead the university’s nationally recognized distance education efforts and work with campus units to enhance the ...

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Food group honors Walters

Lurleen M. Walters, an assistant professor and agricultural economist at Mississippi State University, recently was presented the Patrick J. Byrne Emerging Leadership Award by the Food Distribution Research Society for contributions to the national organization. Walters joined MSU in 2013 after earning a doctorate in food and resource economics from the University of Florida and working as an assistant professor ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Move remediation to community colleges and hybrid universities

Across the nation ever rising higher education costs are in conflict with tight state budgets. At the same time ever rising tuition costs are in conflict with stagnant family incomes. Many states are looking to restructure higher education to reduce costs, both for the state and for students.    “The pressure on higher ed budgets is going to continue,” said ...

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