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Study: More expense on classroom instruction = better student education

Mississippi can’t do anything about poverty overnight, but it could require accountability for current education expenditures The high poverty rate among Mississippi public school students significantly and negatively impacts student achievement, a Stennis Institute study shows. That’s no surprise. But the study also produces numbers showing that Mississippi public school districts that spend higher percentages of their budgets on classroom instruction tend ...

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SBA's free web chat on tax planning Dec. 9

SBA’s Web Chat to Focus on Year-End Tax Planning for Small Business Owners Thursday, December 9, 2010, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., CT WASHINGTON – It is not too late for business owners to reduce their 2010 tax bills and plan ahead for 2011. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s December web chat will focus on tax preparation for small ...

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Study criticizes 'pay-to-play' AG practices

NOTE: The Mississippi Business Journal is following up with ATRA and will be interviewing Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood for a response. Visit msbusiness.com next week for more information. Actions Range from Seemingly “Pay-to-Play” to Good-Government Practices WASHINGTON — The American Tort Reform Association (ATRA) has released a study documenting inappropriate uses of contracts between certain state attorneys general and ...

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White House serving Gulf seafood

WASHINGTON — It’s a Gulf Christmas at the White House — at least when it comes to food, the Sun Herald reports. White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford said: “Since the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, consumption of Gulf seafood has dropped, which is why we at the White House are so happy to play our part in reminding Americans ...

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Stocks up due to good retail report

Shares on Wall Street moved higher on Thursday on encouraging reports on November retail sales and hopes that Europe’s financial crisis would be contained, according to the New York Times. The Dow Jones industrial average was up 99.56 points, or 0.88 percent. The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index rose 12.49, or 1 percent, while the technology heavy Nasdaq gained 22.70, ...

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Consumer confidence, Nov. spending up

NATIONWIDE — November retail sales blew by analyst estimates, posting one of the biggest increases in three years, the New York Times reports. Sales at stores open at least a year – a crucial indicator known as same-store sales – rose an average of 6 percent, according to Thomson Reuters, well above the 2.6 percent that analysts had expected. That ...

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Delta hospital avoiding patient limb amputations

Greenville — Washington County’s Delta Regional Medical Center (DRMC) has made a commitment to limb preservation and amputation prevention. The hospital’s Heart & Vascular Center doctors, Dr. Mike Trotter and Dr. Steve Chapman, have initiated a program that incorporates a multi-disciplinary team approach for limb preservation. Partnering with the Wound Healing Center and specialists in internal medicine, infectious disease, and ...

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Poll: Education is top issue for Miss.

By Amy McCullough The latest unscientific MBJ poll asked: “What is the most important issue facing Mississippi?” Given a choice of Education, the Economy or Obesity, more than half of readers selected Education. Without a good education system, businesses cannot be convinced to locate in Mississippi. Without good education and workforce development, potential employees cannot be taught the skills needed ...

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UPDATE * Possible Metrocenter buyer: mall foreclosure unlikely

UPDATE 12/6/10: A Los Angeles real estate investment partnership that owns Jackson’s Metrocenter Mall says it has caught up on the mall’s tardy debt and will avoid foreclosure. Meanwhile, Jackson Metrocenter Group, LLC, is willing to consider offers from prospective buyers… Read “Metrocenter owner: Debt paid”. By Ted Carter JACKSON — The vice president of a Jackson real estate development ...

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CenterPoint Energy: expect lower winter natural gas bills

Winter bills expected to be nearly 23% lower on average than last winter depending on customer usage HOUSTON, Texas — Wholesale natural gas prices have decreased nationwide and CenterPoint Energy (NYSE: CNP) is passing on these lower prices to Mississippi customers beginning this month. Through the Purchased Gas Adjustment (PGA), an allowed adjustment to the gas supply charge portion of ...

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