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Inequality in cost of attendance has some worried in SEC

FILE - In this March 25, 2015, file photo, Alabama coach Nick Saban discusses the NCAA college football team's spring practice in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The increase in the value of a scholarship to cover cost of attendance varies from school to school. That worries some coaches who believe it could be used as a recruiting advantage and football coaches in the Southeastern Conference have been particularly vocal about their concerns.  (AP Photo/AL.com, Vasha Hunt, File)

DESTIN, Fla. — The cost of attendance boost to an athletic scholarship is about to become a reality and some coaches are uncomfortable with the new economic reality of college sports: Athletes will be able to get more at some schools than at others. In the Southeastern Conference, Tennessee and Auburn will be giving their athletes about $5,500 more on ...

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State trade mission to Central Europe

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JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority will lead a delegation of Mississippi companies on a business development trip to Central Europe on Aug. 31 through Sept. 4. MDA officials say in a news release that the trip will include visits with business leaders from Poland and the Czech Republic. Talks will be with prospects in information technology, electrical power systems, ...

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John McLaurin named to chancery judge post

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BRANDON — Gov. Phil Bryant has appointed John McLaurin Jr. as Rankin County chancery judge. The Brandon attorney replaces the late Dan Fairly, who died in April. Bryant announced the appointment in a news release Wednesday. McLaurin holds a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law. He has practiced law at McLaurin ...

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MGM Park will not open for first baseball game June 6

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BILOXI — The Biloxi Shuckers’ stadium won’t be ready for what would have been the first home game on June 6. Mayor Andrew “FoFo” Gilich said Wednesday the city, the team and Yates Construction are hoping the stadium will be ready sometime before Aug. 4. Tickets for home games went on sale May 13, and those that have been sold ...

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Motorized chair maker to open Mississippi factory

PONTOTOC — Pride Mobility Products Corp., a maker of motorized wheelchairs and scooters, announced Wednesday that it will open a factory in northeast Mississippi. Based in Exeter, Pennsylvania, Pride plans to invest $2 million and hire 150 workers at a facility at the former Genesis Furniture factory in Pontotoc, which closed last year. Federal, state and local governments will give ...

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Tronox’s sodium chlorate plant to close Nov. 30

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HAMILTON — Tronox is shutting down one of its two northeast Mississippi facilities, a move that will affect about 70 employees. Tronox says its smaller facility in Hamilton, which makes sodium chlorate, will be shutting down Nov. 30. Bud Grebey, vice president of corporate affairs and communications for Tronox, says, according to local media reports, there has been a decline ...

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Mississippi jobless rate dips in April

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JACKSON — Mississippi’s jobless rate dipped in April to 6.6 percent. The unemployment rate was down from 6.8 percent in March, 7 percent in February and 7.1 percent in January. The jobless rate was 7.8 percent in April 2014. Nebraska had the lowest jobless rate in April, 2.5 percent. Nevada had the highest rate among the states, 7.1 percent. The ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: Key’s Mississippi memoir is a comic triumph

We gathered atop Petit Jean Mountain in Arkansas four summers ago looking for something very important, something vital to each of us. Our voices. We were not in a yodeling contest, though no doubt some of that was going on. This was about writing. We had been chosen for the Oxford American Summit for Ambitious Writers. That “ambitious” part struck ...

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Cochran hires new director, Brad White, for state offices

JACKSON — A former Mississippi Republican Party chairman is becoming the new director of Sen. Thad Cochran’s state offices, where he’ll be in charge of constituent services. Brad White begins the new job June 1. He succeeds Brad Davis, who is going to work for a private law firm. White has been deputy state auditor and chief of staff for ...

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Dean: USM College of Nursing needs to move into new building

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HATTIESBURG — Katherine Nugent, dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Southern Mississippi, says there are 1,450 reasons why the college needs to move into its as yet unfinished new home in Asbury Hall. She says that’s how many students are currently crammed into Harkins Hall, which was built around 1975. Nugent says those cramped quarters lead ...

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