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First DNP students in class at Southern Miss

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) School of Nursing recently welcomed the first students in the inaugural class of the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program. Unlike the traditional research-based Ph.D in nursing program, whose focus is on knowledge generation, the DNP model ensures that evidenced-based knowledge makes its way in the healthcare arena. The USM School of ...

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Starkville’s SemiSouth earns more patents

STARKVILLE — SemiSouth has been awarded its third US patent in 2009, and 18th overall in SiC power electronics technology. The patents cover methods of making normally-off SiC JFETs, self-aligned SiC fabrication methods and integration of SiC JFET, diodes and circuits. According to Dr. Jeff Casady, chief technology officer and vice president of business development, the recent patents were the ...

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Greater Jackson housing market improving

Sales, average price on upswing in Metro area Just as with most markets across the state and nation, the housing sector in the greater Jackson area has been on the upswing since the beginning of the year. Both sales and average price have improved, and there is some optimism that the market is finally showing signs of stabilizing. “I think ...

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Putting families back in homes

  Neighborhood program putting families back in their homes   There can be a snowball effect when a large number of foreclosures hit a neighborhood. Who wants to buy a home when prices are declining and many homes in the neighborhood are vacant with unkempt yards because of foreclosures? But, now there is an opportunity to turn things around with federal ...

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Coordinating infrastructure projects

Metropolitan planning organizations keep eye on projects that have short timeline Transportation improvements are coming to Mississippi thanks to the federal stimulus package which allocated $354 million to the Mississippi Department of Transportation for statewide projects. These infrastructure projects are being coordinated through MDOT’s Planning Division with metropolitan planning and development organizations representing all areas of the state. “These projects ...

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Recession another blow to Miss. Katrina survivors

  OCEAN SPRINGS — In the four years since Hurricane Katrina swallowed Barbara Lambert’s Gulf Coast house, her family has slowly rebuilt its life – moving out of a FEMA mobile home and to another city, finding a job for her husband and enrolling the kids in new schools. Then, the recession hit. The Lamberts and others along the hurricane-stricken ...

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Barbour: Budget cuts possible if revenues anemic

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he’ll start cutting the state budget if tax collections fall significantly short in August, as they did in July. Barbour says cuts could begin in next few weeks, if they’re needed. He says all parts of state government could be subject to reductions – and public schools, community colleges and universities could be ...

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Health Department awards CONs

The Mississippi State Department of Health has awarded certificates of need (CONs) to three healthcare facilities. RCG of Mayersville, LLC, has received CON authority for the relocation of its end stage renal disease (ESRD) facility from Mayersville to Rolling Fork. The proposed project will relocate the facility from a sub-standard modular structure to a leased masonry building, which has been ...

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MSU faculty member earns highest honor

STARKVILLE — A Mississippi State University (MSU) forestry faculty member is receiving the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) most prestigious honor for junior faculty members, the Early Career Development Award. Assistant professor Cetin Yuceer of MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center is being honored with a 2009 NSF Early Career Development Award of $500,000. He will be seeking to identify and ...

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Barbour asks Court to reconsider ruling

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour has joined the state’s leading medical associations in asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to reconsider a decision, which could reverse the progress made by tort reform. In an amicus brief, Barbour stated that the court’s “decision, coupled with two more recent decisions of this court, will erode part of the progress Mississippi has made regarding ...

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