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Mississippi high school graduation rate rises for third year

A larger share of Mississippi high schoolers than ever before are graduating. The state Department of Education announced Thursday that the graduation rate rose to 82.3 percent last year. That’s still below the national average of 83.2 percent, but the share of students earning diplomas within four years has been on the rise in Mississippi since 2015. The drop-out rate ...

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Trustees give final approval to Delta State tuition increase

Delta State University will raise the sticker price for students by 5 percent this fall. The College Board gave final approval Thursday to the plan to increase total tuition and fees from $6,418 to $6,733 at the 3,600-student university. Delta State charges Mississippi residents and out-of-state students the same price for tuition. The plans won initial approval in December, but ...

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Mississippi universities sign formal pact to aid development

Mississippi’s eight public universities and its business recruitment agency are signing an agreement to work together to improve the state’s economy. Higher Education Commissioner Glenn Boyce and Mississippi Development Authority Director Glenn McCullough signed the formal agreement Thursday at a College Board meeting in Jackson. Boyce says universities have worked with MDA for decades to recruit industry to the state. ...

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In bipartisan nod, GOP-led Mississippi Senate commends Obama

The Republican-led Mississippi Legislature has resisted much of President Barack Obama’s agenda. But in a bipartisan gesture of goodwill, the state Senate is calling the Democrat “one of the most consequential presidents in recent history.” Lawmakers have refused to expand Medicaid under Obama’s signature health care law, among other things. However, the Senate adopted a resolution Thursday saying the first ...

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Dow erases gain for 2017 as stocks fall, bond yields climb

The Dow Jones industrial average erased its gain for the year on Thursday, part of a pullback for stock indexes as Treasury yields continued their upward march. KEEPING SCORE: The Dow Jones industrial average fell 109 points, or 0.6 percent to 19,696 as of 2:20 p.m. Eastern time. That puts the Dow down 0.3 percent for the year, though it’s ...

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MOVING TO MEXICO? — Batesville Casket to close Panola plant

By JACK WEATHERLY Faced with shrinking demand, the Batesville Casket Co. plant in Panola County will close its doors in March after nearly 30 years in operation. Two hundred are employed at the plant, where hardwood coffins are assembled. The plant was opened in 1988 because “we were looking for a plant located near the Vicksburg facility,” Indiana-based parent Batesville ...

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Hotel Pass Christian is big on amenities

By LISA MONTI Hotel Pass Christian, under construction on the beachfront in the small town it is named for, will open late next month with plenty of amenities plus more to come in the spring. Owner Jourdan Nicaud’s Bacchus on the Beach restaurant, across Scenic Drive from the boutique hotel, will prepare all room service for guests. Nicaud also owns ...

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WSN lets schools dive into the video stream

By JACK WEATHERLY A football game last fall between perennial Mississippi powerhouse South Panola and Clinton High drew 9,000 viewers on WSN. No, WSN isn’t a television station. It’s a streaming network. Such demand was latent until recent years when digital technology created an audience. The Collierville, Tenn.-based video streaming company was born in the laboratory of Innovate Mississippi in ...

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LAW ELEVATED — Facebook fake news problem may impact businesses operating open websites

Recent criticisms lobbed at Facebook for fake news stories on its platform that allegedly tipped the election in Donald Trump’s favor may spell trouble for businesses operating open websites where users can post content.  Sites that aggregate content created by third parties (think Craig’s List, YouTube, or any sites that include a comment section) have long been shielded from liability by a ...

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JOSH MABUS — Better, best and the business at rest

Marketing firms aren’t very dissimilar from fitness centers — at least in one sense. When a new year rolls around, there are lines out the door. As an individual resolves to improve his/her physical health, businesses generally look to improve their marketing. The analogy can be stretched a bit further. Sometimes, those who sign up for New Year’s improvements aren’t ...

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