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Alcorn State completes bond deal

LORMAN — Alcorn State University has completed a $47-million bond transaction for the development of a new student housing complex. According to Alcorn officials, the project is a record-setter. “This is the largest single housing project in the university’s history,” said president George E. Ross. “Today is a great day for the Alcorn community, and this strategic venture demonstrates our ...

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Has housing market hit bottom?

Numbers continue to rebound across board after nation-leading loss During the second quarter of this year, Mississippi again found itself worst in a national ranking. According to figures from the National Association of Realtors (NAR), from the second quarter of 2008 to the second quarter of 2009, total housing sales fell 28.8 percent, easily earning the top spot. Fortunately, the ...

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Incentives for adoption of electronic health records under ARRA

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced on June 16, 2009, that it has begun the process to define “meaningful use” of electronic health records (“EHR”) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA or “Act”) on Feb. 17, 2009, to not only help ...

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Fraenkel Furniture completes expansion

OLIVE BRANCH — Fraenkel Furniture, as reported last week by www.msbusiness.com, has expanded its manufacturing operations in this Northwest Mississippi community. The capital investment was not disclosed. In 2008, the company added its Advantage upholstery manufacturing line to the facility, which already produced a full line of Englander and U.S.A. mattresses. The expansion was the second for the 375,000-square-foot facility ...

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IHL trims budget priorities, approves 2010 budget

JACKSON — The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) has approved the FY 2010 system operating budget and revised its original FY 2011 budget priorities. In his first regular meeting as commissioner of higher education, Dr. Hank Bounds presented the revised budget recommendation, which the board approved in light of the state’s current economic situation ...

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Clearly defined roles are key to green success

Green, not the color, but an increased environmental sensitivity, conservation and energy efficiency, is sweeping the nation. Green building development is proving to be one of the hottest trends in commercial real estate development. The federal government has also made green building development a priority. Even without incentives or directives from the federal government, green building development has found its ...

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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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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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