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MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Clark is making an impact on youth

Mississippi’s community colleges play an invaluable role in the economic development of our state. Each year our 15 community and junior colleges teach and train about 250,000 students. In addition to regular academic classes, our community colleges offer GED preparation, Adult education, workforce training, and technical educational. This past school year, the community colleges awarded 14,074 degrees which was an ...

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Q&A: Jim Raines, president and CTO, Synergetics DCS Inc.

Jim Raines is founder, president and chief technical officer of Synergetics DCS, Inc., which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Raines is a Starkville native who earned a degree in management information systems from Mississippi State University. Synergetics which was named one of America’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in 2011 and 2009 by Inc. Magazine. The company has offices ...

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Fewer than 5,000 Mississippi foreclosed homeowners to get financial settlements

About 4,235 Mississippi homebuyers whose homes were foreclosed on may be eligible for cash payments under a national settlement reached with five giant banks for fraudulent foreclosure practices, Attorney General Jim Hood’s office said. The national foreclosure fraud settlement provides an estimated $47.1 million in direct relief to Mississippi homeowners and addresses future mortgage loan servicing practices, Hood said soon ...

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Meet "Gorilla Man" and the "Empress of Steak"

The sub title of this work of non fiction is “A New Orleans Family Memoir.” It is that and more. Where else could this true tale of two bigger-than-life eccentrics take place? Anyone who loves the Crescent City, its food, culture, rowdy history and characters will enjoy this book because its sweep includes a wide reach across this storied place. ...

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Harvesting high-tech ‘Garden’

>> Technology and business park carries promise of transforming knowledge to jobs for Mississippi HATTIESBURG – Six-hundred acres that once made up the University Golf Course represent an ambitious plan to commercialize University of Southern Mississippi scientific and engineering research. The goal: Jobs and paychecks for everyday Mississippians. It all starts on the ground floor, said L. Bryan Brister, a ...

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KIPP charter group interested in Mississippi

The Knowledge is Power Program, or KIPP, charter schools are well-respected nationwide for having a proven track record of charter school success. Of more than 100 KIPP schools serving 32,000 students nationally, the majority of whom are minorities qualifying for free lunch programs, more than 85 percent have entered college upon graduation. The mission of the Knowledge is Power Program ...

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Marty Wiseman: Who the heck is Saul Alinsky?

“Fascinating” is certainly one way to describe Newt Gingrich’s continuous invocation of the name of famed community organizer Saul Alinsky in his effort to hang a derogatory label on President Barack Obama. Given Gingrich’s penchant for shooting from the hip (lip?) when it comes to political rhetoric one or two references to Alinsky could be passed off as a simple ...

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