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The bell tolls again at a Mississippi university

Students at the Mississippi University for Women will now be serenaded with a familiar sound. WCBI-TV reports the Callaway Clock Tower has been fixed after a series of micro-switches were fixed. The chimes can now be heard across the campus again. The iconic clock tower is located at the Callaway Hall dormitory for female upperclassmen. The university said the equipment ...

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School district says tax bump will supplement teacher pay

A Mississippi school district is requesting a local tax increase to give teachers a pay supplement. WAPT-TV reports the Rankin County School Board advanced the plan Wednesday to give teachers an extra $1,300 a year. County supervisors must approve the request. The supplement will be in addition to the $1,500 raise that Mississippi lawmakers approved for all teachers in the ...

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Mississippi sales tax holiday includes school supplies

Mississippi will soon have its annual sales tax holiday but this year there’s more to celebrate. News outlets report school supplies are officially on the tax exemption list for the holiday, which is on July 26 and 27. All clothing, footwear and school supplies under $100 can be purchased minus the 7% state sales tax. Sen. Chuck Younger co-authored the ...

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Candidates: Mississippi should focus on vocational education

Candidates for Mississippi governor are saying the state should strengthen vocational education programs to boost the economy. Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he’s proposing the state spend $100 million to try to improve job skills. Reeves said the single largest expense would be $75 million to community colleges for workforce training. “I believe in Mississippi; we need ...

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Analysis: Charter board could face school closure decision

If you thought opening charter schools was a tough task in Mississippi, wait until state officials start considering whether to close them. The state’s Charter School Authorizer Board could have to make that decision in coming months, as Mississippi’s first two charter schools complete their initial five-year contracts. Reimagine Prep and Midtown Public Charter School, which both serve students in ...

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Delta Research and Extension Center welcomes new faculty members

The Delta Research and Extension Center announced two new hires — Dr. Whitney Crow and Dr. Ben Lawrence — at the Stoneville-based research facility. Crow will be joining as an assistant professor in entomology and working closely with the Stoneville and Mississippi State University (MSU) departments on various entomological research projects. Crow is a native of Atoka, Tenn., and received ...

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Ole Miss growing largest crop of marijuana for research in 5 years

The U.S. government is growing the largest crop of research marijuana in five years, responding to interest in varieties with high levels of THC and CBD. The government is the only source of pot for nearly all research in the U.S., while it still considers it illegal and dangerous.Scientists have asked for weed that more closely matches what’s sold in ...

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Applications for 4 Mississippi charter schools move forward

Groups seeking to open four charter schools in Mississippi are moving forward, while one group is being rejected. The state’s Charter School Authorizer Board on Monday voted to accept four applications as complete and eligible for a final decision. Two schools are proposed for Greenwood, with one each for Canton and Vicksburg. All four finalists have applied unsuccessfully before. In ...

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Mississippi historian David Sansing dies at age 86

David Sansing, a professor emeritus of history at the University of Mississippi and author of several books, has died at age 86. Sansing fell Friday at his home in Oxford and died Saturday at a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, the university said in a news release. Sansing wrote dozens of scholarly papers, and his books included histories of the University ...

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Analysis: Mississippi candidates split on school vouchers

Several candidates for Mississippi governor have answered a questionnaire from a public education advocacy group called The Parents’ Campaign, but Republican Tate Reeves has not. Reeves, the second-term lieutenant governor and former two-term state treasurer, also did not appear last month at a Mississippi Professional Educators board meeting in Biloxi. His campaign spokesman, Parker Briden, said Reeves had an event ...

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