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MSU Extension named Intelligent Community Institute

STARKVILLE — A New York-based think tank has designated the Mississippi State University Extension Service an Intelligent Community Institute, the second of its kind in the country. The goal of the partnership between MSU and the Intelligent Community Forum is to help rural communities thrive in the digital economy. The Intelligent Community Forum examines best practices and researches the impact ...

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Senators write letter over concern for rural health care delivery

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) are pushing the Obama administration to more effectively consider the effects its federal rules and regulations have on the delivery of health care in rural areas. The senators are among 34 who have signed a letter to Marilyn B. Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid ...

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Cochran continues to question EPA over new regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, continues to raise questions about the impact on agriculture and rural economies of the new Clean Water Act regulations proposed this spring by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Accepting an invitation issued in May by Cochran and Republican members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, EPA ...

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Study: Most rural hospitals' finances at or above national average

JACKSON — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has released a study of Mississippi’s publicly owned, rural hospitals’ financial health. Public finances and the efficiency and effectiveness of their use are areas frequently studied by the Office of the State Auditor. The study, which gathered data from audited financial reports for the years 2009-2012, includes 25 hospitals in Mississippi that meet the ...

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MSU recruiting future doctors through Rural Medical Scholars

Mississippi was facing a shortage of doctors even before the Affordable Care Act was enacted. Now, one public university is offering a program to try to put more physicians to work here in the Magnolia State. Mississippi high school juniors considering medical careers in their home state have the opportunity to take part in a summer program at Mississippi State ...

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Extension Service offering new, free app for Apple devices

STARKVILLE — A new app from the Mississippi State University Extension Service connects the expertise of more than 150 county agents to clients wherever they are. The Mississippi Extension Service Directory is a free app available for Apple products, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod, through the app store. Users can search the directory by county, region and agent’s name. ...

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Proposed road-widening project has supporters, opponents

SOUTHAVEN — The road to progress can be bumpy. On top of facing funding hurdles, DeSoto County and state transportation officials — gathering public comment for an environmental assessment on possible widening of Star Landing to ease traffic and promote economic development — are finding many residents worried or resistant to change outside their front door or along their fields. ...

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USDA awards loans, grants to three power associations

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Loans and grant funds will be provided to applicants in 11 states to support businesses, improve the quality of medical care, and create or save hundreds of jobs through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant program. Three electric power associations in Mississippi are receiving loans and/or grants. Awardees are: • East Mississippi ...

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Report gives impact of extension service, experiment stations

STARKVILLE — The South’s extension service and experiment station systems are still relevant nearly a century after they were founded. This according to a new report released by an Ohio-based charitable trust. Battelle Technology Partnership Practice and BioDimensions, an independent research and development organization, released results of a study of the economic impact Extension Service and Experiment Station systems have ...

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T-Mobile awarded rural wireless service grant

ATTALA COUNTY and WINSTON COUNTY — T-Mobile has won a more than $1.8 million federal grant to expand wireless service in rural Mississippi. The Federal Communications Commission says T-Mobile will work to fill gaps in 3G and 4G coverage on over 155 road miles in Attala County and nearly 100 road miles in Winston County. The company faces a three-year ...

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