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Report: State economy still edging in right direction

Stack Of Cash

  By JACK WEATHERLY  The short view is Mississippi’s economy is edging in the right direction. The longer view is that it is better than it was a year earlier. Those are two findings in a monthly report from the University Research Center, a branch of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. The Mississippi Leading Index ticked upward by 0.1 ...

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State OK clears way for opening of Belhaven University nursing school

JACKSON, Mississippi – Belhaven University says it plans an August start for enrolling students in its new School of Nursing after having received approval Thursday from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) for its bachelor of science in nursing degree program. University President Roger Parrott said the effort to launch the nursing school has received support from the governor, ...

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Minorities & the wage gap

The gap between what black and white Mississippi workers earn is still substantial, despite 25 years of advances for African American Mississippians. That’s the bottom line of a report on the economic status of African Americans in the state by Dr. Marianne Hill, senior economist at the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. Blacks make up 37 percent of the state ...

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MBJ: Mr. Governor, jobs – not disunion – are what Mississippians value

’Ole Miss has its black bear. Not to be outdone, the Governor’s Office has its pander bear. What besides a pander to the “civil-war-is-around-the corner “ crowd could be behind Gov. Phil Bryant’s order to his lieutenants in the Legislature to adopt measures that have their foundation in the long-discredited mid 19th century idea of state nullification of federal laws? ...

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CARTER: College Board forecast session diverted from productive discussions

  File Tuesday’s College Board economic forecasting conference under “Missed Opportunities.” Here was an opportunity for a seriously detailed discussion on what steps Mississippi can take to avoid a bleak forecast that jobs growth in many of the state’s business sector won’t return to pre-2007 levels until 2020 at the earliest. Instead, a filibuster on the subject of Medicaid as ...

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Blanton returns to UM

With more than 24 years of experience in military, corporate, political and nonprofit sector public relations, Danny N. Blanton has returned to the University of Mississippi as his alma mater’s director of media and public relations. His career path literally spans the globe and encompasses a wide spectrum of both military and civilian work experiences. Most recently, he was NATO’s ...

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WCU faculty honored

Dr. Janet Williams, R.N., Ph.D., dean of the William Carey University School of Nursing, was recently elected by her peers to serve as vice chair for the Mississippi Institution of Higher Learning (IHL) Deans and Directors Committee for the Schools of Nursing throughout the state. Following her year as vice chair, she will become chair for the committee. Williams has ...

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UM chooses Kiss

John Z. Kiss, distinguished professor and chair of botany at Miami University in Ohio, is the new dean of the University of Mississippi Graduate School. His appointment begins Sept. 1, pending approval from the board of trustees of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. Kiss served 19 years as a faculty member at MU and is internationally known for his research ...

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Experian gives Jackson nation’s 2nd worst credit score

Jackson can be thankful for Harlingen, Texas. Without Harlingen, the Mississippi capital would have the nation’s worst Experian credit score. The credit reporting bureau gives Harlingen a national low of 686 and Jackson a second place 701, based on the credit history of residents. Corpus Christi, Texas, is knocking at the door of second-place, with a score of 702. The ...

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