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Natchez-Adams County school leaders talk costs new school


The Natchez-Adams School District superintendent says costs for a new high school were cut from $42 million to $22 million mainly by decreasing the size of the proposed facility. The Natchez Democrat reports the district’s architecture firm, M3A of Jackson, presented plans for a two-story high school to go next to the current high school at a cost of $22 ...

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McCrory seeks to withdraw guilty plea in prison corruption


A former Mississippi lawmaker is asking to withdraw his guilty plea in a long-running prison corruption case. In papers filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Jackson, Cecil McCrory of Brandon said he is innocent and is requesting a jury trial. McCrory’s current attorney, Carlos Tanner, wrote that McCrory received ineffective representation from his first attorney. Prosecutors did not give ...

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Mississippi lawmakers propose spending cuts for coming year


Top lawmakers are proposing a Mississippi budget that would be 3 percent smaller for the coming year. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee met Thursday, and members adopted a recommendation for the state to spend almost $6.2 billion during fiscal 2018, which begins July 1. That is a reduction of $195.3 million from the current year. “I would advise agencies to ...

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Forrest Health’s CleanEarth solves medical waste disposal needs


Hattiesburg Business Today HATTIESBURG — Prior to 2000, most hospitals in the U.S. had medical waste incinerators, often on site. That included Forrest General Hospital. Then the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ruled that all hospital incinerators in the U.S. had to either be shut down or be upgraded — something that could cost millions of dollars — by September 2000, Forrest General ...

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USM slashing out-of-state tuition fees to attract more students


Hattiesburg Business Today The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) wants more Golden Eagles from out of state. With in-state enrollment declining for each of the past four years, USM plans to attract more students by reducing out-of-state tuition by $6,565 beginning next fall. Out-of-state tuition will fall from $16,529 this year to $9,964 in the fall of 2017. That will ...

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Southern Miss’s ‘Garden’ science park element ready to market parcels


» Legislature gave USM greenlight to sell, lease properties inside   Hattiesburg Business Today The University of Southern Mississippi is set to begin marketing the approximately 520-acre technology park component of The Garden. Once home to the university’s golf course, the innovation and commercialization park on Shelby Thames Drive already has curb cuts, water and sewer and fiber lines. But until this ...

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Scianna Hall ‘transformative’ for USM College of Business, dean says


» Business student numbers up while USM total enrollment is down   Hattiesburg Business Today Faye Gilbert narrowly missed getting to inaugurate a new home for the College of Business and Economics at Radford University in Virginia, where she served as business school dean. But the opportunity arose anew upon her arrival at the University of Southern Mississippi in summer ...

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Ryan Peets joins MBJ sales team

By JACK WEATHERLY Ryan Peets has joined the Mississippi Business Journal as a sales representative. A graduate of Jackson Prep and Ole Miss, Peets has been involved in sales and marketing in Austin, Texas and Jackson. Peet’s assignment will be to develop new accounts for the Journal. “We are delighted to have filled our open account executive position with Ryan,” ...

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State ‘noncore’ programs under Bryant scrutiny

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By JACK WEATHERLY  Gov. Phil Bryant listed what he called three state-supported programs that are not core functions of government, and as such need scrutiny for belt-tightening. The filmmaking industry is one, and has drawn the most public attention since he issued his budget recommendations on Nov. 15. The Legislature will have the final say on the state budget in ...

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Tourism agency: European flights to energize Mississippi market


By JACK WEATHERLY British Airways and Condor Airlines will start offering nonstop flights from London and Germany to New Orleans. Visit Mississippi, the state tourism agency, expects that 30 to 40 percent of an estimated 76,000 Euro visitors will take in Mississippi. Agency Director Craig Ray calls it a “game changer” for the state. Mississippi and the city of Memphis ...

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