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College Board names Ole Miss provost, Morris Stocks, as interim leader

University of Virginia president Teresa A. Sullivan, left, who gave the commencement address, and University of Mississippi chancellor Dan Jones laugh at the University of Mississippi graduation ceremony at the C.M. "Tad" Smith Coliseum in Oxford, Miss. on Saturday, May 9, 2015.   (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle)

JACKSON — The College Board has named University of Mississippi Provost Morris Stocks to lead the university on an interim basis beginning June 15. After the board refused to renew his contract, Chancellor Dan Jones wasn’t scheduled to step down until Sept. 15. But Jones says he will take leave beginning June 15, and Stocks will assume his authority then. ...

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Justice Department cites Hinds County over jail conditions

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JACKSON — Federal officials say faltering efforts to improve conditions at Hinds County’s two jails have been far inadequate to overcome decrepit physical conditions, rampant violence and poor staffing. The U.S. Department of Justice, in a 29-page letter issued Thursday to county officials, says conditions violate the U.S. Constitution because threat of harm amounts to cruel and unusual punishment and ...

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Ridgeland officials approve new police chief

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RIDGELAND — Ridgeland police Lt. John Neal has been named chief of police. Mayor Gene McGee made the announcement Thursday in a news release. Neal will take over July 1 after the retirement of current Chief Randy Tyler. McGee says Neal has worked for the city for 26 years. Neal has served as an investigator and a public information officer, ...

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Steel plant announces $100 million expansion

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Steel Dynamics Inc. announced Thursday it will undergo a $100 million expansion of the Columbus plant, which currently employs 630 and will add 40 more with the addition of a facility for painting and applying a patented galvanizing process. The plant was acquired from Severstal North America,  Russian corporation, in 2014. The facility produces sheet steel products consisting of hot roll, ...

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Electrical cooperative pulls out of Kemper power plant deal

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JACKSON — The entity that procures power for many Mississippi electric cooperatives Wednesday pulled out of a deal to buy 15 percent of the $6.2 billion Kemper County power plant, blowing a hole in Mississippi Power’s financing plan for the project. South Mississippi Electric Power Association spokeswoman Sara Peterson said SMEPA’s board voted to back out of a plan to ...

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BOOK BIZ — This story of orchids and Florida captivates

» The Orchid Thief: A True Story of Passion and Obsession    
By Susan Orlean 
Published by Ballantine Books    
$14.95 softback

Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief is, quite simply, a wonder. You’ll find yourself fascinated (perhaps unexpectedly) by all the twists and turns and divergent paths Orlean takes you on. Inspired by a small newspaper article she read about the arrest of four men (three Seminoles, one white) for the theft of rare orchids from a protected Florida swamp, in Orlean’s ...

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ALAN TURNER: Taylor Sledge a rising entrepreneur

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Taylor Sledge is one of the group of young, aggressive entrepreneurs who are passionately working to build businesses and create jobs in Mississippi. As Chairman and owner of Sledge & Company, Taylor has built a successful business in the financial services sector.  He started the business eight years ago, when he was just 22, and today, the business has clients ...

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WILSON CROCKETT: Making the most of your summer internship

As you progress through your college career, the thought of finding a full-time job becomes more and more daunting. In the engineering field, more specifically the civil engineering field, there are many routes one can take upon graduation. For me, this provided quite a bit of uncertainty with regard to how I wanted to spend my career. I found that ...

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Egburt winning over fans with smart solutions

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By BECKY GILLETTE STARKVILLE – Camgian Microsystems Corp.’s newest product, Egburt (www.egburt.com), is winning over business fans by using bundled sensors, an edge computer called Egburt IQ, the network, the cloud and their Egburt Insight software to help “analyze and manage data while eliminating the chaos of data overload.” Egburt has applications in retail, municipal, facilities and agriculture management. Released ...

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