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PHIL HARDWICK — Holding a public meeting

“Let me even say before I even get inaugurated, during the transition we are going to be having meetings all across the country with community organizations so that you have input into the agenda for the next presidency of the United States of America.” — Barack Obama   “The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in ...

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Public-private partnership driving today's retail development

  Every Mississippi school child knows the state gave birth to the blues and brought the world Elvis. What is far less known is that the concept of public-private partnerships originated in the Magnolia State with former Gov. Hugh White‘s 1936 Balance Agriculture With Industry (BAWI) program. Leading the state into un-chartered territory, White set a goal of developing an ...

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Legislator resigns, fined for steering contracts to family

BRANDON — A five-year Mississippi House member has resigned and agreed to pay a $10,000 fine to resolve an ethics case the state brought against him over public contracts that went to his family’s printing company — a fraction of the amount he originally was ordered to pay. Republican Rep. Kevin McGee, 42, of Brandon, resigned yesterday, effective immediately. >> ...

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University wants to buy old Whirlpool plant for $20M

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi wants to spend $20 million to transform the former Whirlpool plant into a recreation facility and transportation hub. The Oxford Eagle reports the project is part of a $95-million wish list Ole Miss has presented to the state College Board. Ole Miss bought the 69-acre site for $3.4 million about two years ago. Whirlpool, ...

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Private early-education group lobbies lawmakers for funds

JACKSON — A private group is asking the state for $5 million to continue efforts to improve childcare and education for preschool children. Mississippi Building Blocks works to make preschoolers ready for kindergarten by training preschool teachers and helping child care operators. The group has used $7 million in private money to run its program for four years, but says ...

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University reports energy-savings will net more than $1M

COLUMBUS — Mississippi University for Women has reduced its energy use by 22 percent with an estimated cost avoidance of $1,024,200 over the past six years, according to the university. Lighting retrofits in Welty Hall, Hogarth Dining Center, Pohl Gymnasium and Stark Recreation Center, the replacement of two older chillers and tighter control of building energy management software are just ...

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Math and science school looking for private donors

COLUMBUS — As Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science celebrates its 25th year, it’s also facing a common problem among schools — escalating costs, a decrease in state appropriations and an ever-increasing need for public support. In recent years, they’ve come to rely more heavily upon the financial backing of the MSMS Foundation and private donors, but this year, they’re ...

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City mulling public transit system using Indiana company

COLUMBUS — City of Columbus officials want to talk with the owner of a Lawrence, Ind., bus company with the possibility of providing a local public transportation service. The Commercial Dispatch 10 buses might be available for a Columbus-area transit system. Travis Jones, the city’s director of federal programs, says Criss Reeding, owner of Lawrence Transit System, is eager to ...

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Delta heritage area organizers seeking input on plans

CLEVELAND — Organizers of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area are inviting Delta residents to help develop a plan for the heritage area by sharing their insights in a survey. “The goal of a Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area is to create a community-driven network to support historic preservation, natural resource conservation, recreation, heritage tourism and educational projects,” said Luther ...

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