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Hughes seeks teacher input to guide education improvements

By BOBBY HARRISON Rep. Jay Hughes, D-Oxford, said he got the idea for the two-day education conference he will host Friday and Saturday in Jackson while observing the work of the House Education Committee this past session. “It came about while in the Education Committee watching six or seven bills be passed in five minutes,” said Hughes, who is not on ...

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Rep: State constitution at stake in ‘demon chipmunk’ lawsuit

A Mississippi lawmaker says the state constitution is at stake in his lawsuit against the House speaker over a speed-reading computer voice that’s been called the “demon chipmunk.” Democratic state Rep. Jay Hughes of Oxford says Republican Speaker Philip Gunn violated the constitution by setting the machine to read bills aloud at a superfast speed. Hughes’ attorney says House members ...

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Oxford plans to unify branding

Most people living in Oxford recognize the city’s logo – a large “O” with a tree floating in the middle. However, there are several variations of the logo, depending on which city department is using it. In an effort to unify the city’s branding, The Oxford Eagle reports Alderman Robyn Tannehill has been spearheading an effort to create one standard ...

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Oxford readies effort to replace departing Caterpillar

By JACK WEATHERLY Oxford already has its net out to snag a tenant when Caterpillar Inc. flies away. “Project Butterfly,” a play on the departing manufacturer’s name, is what the Oxford-Lafayette County Economic Development Foundation, calls its effort. “It’s a mission to (fill) the Caterpillar facility as rapidly as possible,” Jon Maynard, president and chief executive of the foundation, said in ...

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STARTING UP STRONG — Next Gear’s growth has accelerated last couple years

By BECKY GILLETTE Speaking at the Discovery Luncheon Feb. 12 co-sponsored by Innovate Mississippi and the Oxford-Lafayette Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Foundation, Garret Gray, president and CEO of Next Gear Solutions, shared the story of how their technology startup, Next Gear Solutions, has grown to 80 full-time employees since its beginnings in 2008. The Discovery Luncheon preceded Startup ...

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Cyberattack disrupts instruction at Oxford School District

OXFORD — A cyberattack by an unknown hacker has forced a school district to shut down all of its servers. Multiple news outlets report the Oxford School District was the victim of a crypto-ransomware attack, which began early Sunday morning. The school district said in a news release that ransomware is a type of malware that infects a computer and ...

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UM’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship declared nation’s Best Emerging Program

By TED CARTER Ole Miss football isn’t the university’s only up-and-comer on the national stage. While Hugh Freeze and his coaching crew have instilled the kind of excellence that gave the football team victories in consecutive years over the likes of the Alabama Crimson Tide, mentors at the University of Mississippi Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship have excelled at helping students ...

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City of Oxford to make room for food trucks

OXFORD — Oxford officials are considering an ordinance to help manage food carts and trucks to sell on the go. Assistant City Planner Ben Requet presented the ordinance to the Oxford Board of Aldermen on Tuesday for its first official hearing, according to The Oxford Eagle. A public hearing will be held in two weeks and the aldermen are expected to ...

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CoreLogic buys Oxford appraisal software maker FNC for $475M

OXFORD — Real estate information provider CoreLogic is buying Oxford-based FNC Inc. for $475 million. CoreLogic, based in Irvine, California, announced the purchase Thursday, saying it wants to integrate FNC’s real estate appraisal software into its products. “We expect property valuation to be an area of significant future domestic and international growth,” CoreLogic CEO Anand Nallathambi said in a statement. ...

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