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MSU program makes first-ever national ranking

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University’s hydrogeology academic program in the geosciences department is newly listed in the top 100 nationally. According to a recent report by the National Ground Water Association, MSU’s ranking is based on the strength of faculty and related factors. This is the first time the non-profit organization of 12,000 U.S. and international groundwater professionals has released ...

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More than 11 percent of seniors may not graduate

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — More than 11 percent of the state’s high school seniors could be in danger of not graduating because they have not passed one or more standardized tests necessary to do so. Of almost 28,000 12th-graders in Mississippi, The Clarion-Ledger reported yesterday that 3,295 still need to pass one or more subject-area tests to graduate. Of those, 446 ...

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Fighting gov't secrecy an ongoing battle

JEANNI ATKINS Mississippi Center for Freedom of Information OXFORD — Fast-moving world events remind us again how secrecy harms societies and how critical the free flow of information is to protecting citizens’ rights. As Egypt descended into anarchy, revolutions were being spawned in other countries. Efforts to impose secrecy on unfolding events by shutting down the Internet and attempting to ...

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What is a diploma worth?

By Wally Northway A lawsuit brought by students of a proprietary college here in the Magnolia State should be a warning to Mississippians about the potential ramifications of budget cuts at our public universities. Last week, a group of 14 former nursing students at for-profit Virginia College sued claiming that they only found out after beginning their studies that the ...

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Does state have timber available for KiOR?

STARKVILLE — Five new facilities that can transform wood into fuel will soon be built in Mississippi. The facilities will further increase timber’s already-important role in the state’s economy. Mississippi’s forests cover nearly 20 million acres and generate more than $1 billion worth of timber each year. The forestry and forest products sectors, which include logging, furniture construction, solid wood ...

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Cochran reenlists for Senate education caucus

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) has agreed to continue serving on the Senate Rural Education Caucus, a bipartisan group that will promote the needs and interests of education in small and rural school districts in the 112th Congress. Cochran, who has previously served on the caucus, is vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee and serves on the ...

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House passes Jackson State stadium legislation

JACKSON — House Bill 1158, passed by the Mississippi House of Representatives to transfer the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium to Jackson State University, represents a “win-win” for JSU and the people of Mississippi, according to the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning. The agreement to transfer the stadium property, effectively shepherded by the Mississippi Department of Finance and Administration, will enhance ...

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Nursing students sue Virginia College over lack of accreditation

JACKSON — For-profit Virginia College has been sued by 14 people who allege they participated in a pilot program at the college’s Jackson, Miss., campus to become licensed practical nurses only to find out the program was never accredited by the state. The Clarion-Ledger reports that the nursing students are seeking $14 million in damages in Hinds County Circuit Court. ...

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Lawmakers debating salary of state's education leader

JACKSON — With public school teachers and college professors losing their jobs, some Mississippi lawmakers say it’s time to look at how much the state’s top education leaders are paid. The Senate last Friday voted to send to the House a bill that would change the way the salary is set for the state superintendent of education, who oversees K-12 schools. ...

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New Summit breaking the mold

The late Mark Twain once said that he never let his schooling interfere with his education. The celebrated author would have fit in perfectly at New Summit School. Founded in 1991 by executive director Nancy New, the school began as New Learning Resources, a one-on-one learning laboratory with five students. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, New Summit has grown to ...

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