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Former blind school may be leased

JACKSON – Jackson developer Ted Duckworth says he’s in talks with the state to lease the former site of the Mississippi School for the Blind. Clay Chandler reported Tuesday on his Magnolia Marketplace blog that the site, located in northeast Jackson, was approved by the Mississippi Legislature two years ago, allowing the state to lease the property to a private ...

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New Katrina recovery program established

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Gov. Haley Barbour has unveiled a new Hurricane Katrina recovery housing initiative targeted specifically at rehabilitating rental structures in existing neighborhoods south of Interstate 10. “With more than 70 percent of our $5.4-billion federally funded Katrina recovery package budgeted toward restoring housing stock, we’re seeing the Coast’s overall housing availability requirements being rapidly met, particularly as ...

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Entergy working on communications

JACKSON — Sept. 1 marked one year since Hurricane Gustav left nearly 40,000 Entergy Mississippi Inc. customers in the dark. Now, Entergy Mississippi reports it is more prepared than ever to help customers get the information they need when widespread outages occur. “People understand that major storms can and will knock out their power,” said Gloria Johnson, director of customer ...

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New wireless pacemaker implanted

HATTIESBURG — Forrest General Hospital, along with Hattiesburg Clinic cardiologist Eric Enger, M.D., are the first in the Pine Belt to implant a new pacemaker equipped with wireless technology that can notify physicians of changes in their patients’ device or condition. The latest technology was developed by St. Jude Medical to improve patient care and make device follow-up more efficient ...

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MSU unit accredited by EPA

STARKVILLE — The Safety and Environmental Unit (SEU) at Mississippi State University (MSU) now is accredited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The university’s Division of Academic Outreach and Continuing Education has been notified that its SEU now can offer lead-based paint training courses in renovator initial/refresher and dust sampling. Classes will begin in October. Established in 1988, MSU’s ...

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Alcorn reports successful Field Day

LORMAN — More than 300 people came to Alcorn State University to participate in its annual Agriculture Research and Extension Field Day Aug. 27. Limited-resource farmers from all over the state, agriculture workers, students, alumni, USDA officials, teachers of agriculture and locals interested in learning more about agriculture gathered at the Extension Research Complex for a free of charge educational ...

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Cohen speaks at MUW

COLUMBUS – Former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen will speak at Mississippi University for Women’s Welty Gala on Sept. 24. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Mary Ellen Weathersby Pope Banquet Room on campus. It benefits the endowment for the Eudora Welty Chair in Humanities at MUW. Cohen served as the 20th U.S. secretary of ...

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Bankruptcy judge to decide tax dispute

BATESVILLE – A federal bankruptcy judge will decide whether the city of Batesville and Panola County can collect property taxes from the bankrupt Tri-Lakes Medical Center. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge David W. Houston III wrapped up a hearing this past week. Houston told attorneys for both sides that he will rule in the case in about a month. The city and ...

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Northeast Miss. CC hits record enrollment

BOONEVILLE – Enrollment at Northeast Mississippi Community College has reached a record high this fall. College officials believe the achievement was fueled by increased recruiting efforts and a difficult economy that has caused many people to reevaluate their need for higher education. The college had 3,707 students enrolled when registration ended for the current semester. This marks a 275 student ...

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Corn harvest halted by rain

GREENWOOD – Heavy rain over the weekend has temporarily halted corn harvesting. Jerry Singleton, an agent with the Leflore County Extension Service, said before the rain, Leflore County’s corn harvest was about halfway finished. Singleton said most farmers are trying to wait until their corn gets down to a moisture content of about 15 percent before they harvest it. He ...

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