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Champion for children

Grace named winner of 2009 Winter-Reed Award Dr. Cathy Grace, director of the Early Childhood Institute at Mississippi State University, began her career in early childhood education in 1972 as a first-grade teacher in West Memphis, Ark. In the 37 years since, she has taught at the university level, served as executive director of a regional professional development association early childhood ...

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BancorpSouth’s earnings dip

Tupelo — During the second quarter of 2009, BancorpSouth Inc. recorded net income of $33.9 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, compared to $40.1 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2008. The financial institution also reported growth of net loans and leases by 3 percent from the second quarter of 2008, non-performing loans of 1.00 ...

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Hood: Beware Chinese drywall

Jackson — Mississippi has received multiple complaints of dangerous imported drywall from China being found in their homes, confirmed Attorney General Jim Hood in hopes of warning more residents of the problem. “Our office has received several complaints on Chinese drywall,” said Hood. “We are investigating these complaints, and encourage other consumers who may be victims to call us. We ...

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MDA to head up delegation

Jackson — The Mississippi Development Authority has led a delegation of Mississippi business leaders to the SEUS-CP 2nd Annual Conference next month. SEUS-CP, an alliance of southeastern states and Canadian provinces, is being held in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, July 26-28.__ “Because Canada is one of Mississippi’s key trade partners, it’s crucial that we continue to foster strong ...

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All about community colleges

In tough times, two-year schools shine; enrollment soars during recession hen asked what he saw as the biggest threat to Mississippi’s future economy, Dr. Marty Wiseman, professor of political science and director of the John C. Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University, said he sees potential problems when it comes to workforce training, or the lack thereof. And, ...

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Senators to vote ‘no’ on Sotomayor

Washington — Both of Mississippi’s Republican U.S. senators, Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran, both are opposing Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. In part, Wicker said: “After careful consideration of her record and judicial philosophy, I have concluded I will vote against her nomination. “In refusing to confirm that the Second Amendment is a fundamental right that ...

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County joins NFIP

Choctaw County — Choctaw County has joined the 303 Mississippi communities allowed to purchase federally backed flood insurance, the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) reports. The availability of the flood insurance follows the community’s adoption and enforcement of ordinances to reduce flood losses and acceptance by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Residents of Choctaw County will be able to ...

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More swine flu identified

Across Mississippi — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports 22 new cases of H1N1 swine flu for last week, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 234. The new cases last week were in Coahoma (two), Harrison (two), Lincoln (two), Panola (two), Chickasaw (one), Choctaw (one), Covington (one), DeSoto (one), George (one), Hinds (one), Lauderdale (one), Madison ...

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Coast Electric breaks ground

KILN — Coast Electric Power Association has broken ground on the electric cooperative’s headquarters facility in Kiln. The new facility on Highway 603 will allow Coast Electric members to conduct business with the cooperative in a more efficient and convenient manner than the current trailer facilities are able to provide. In 2006, the Coast Electric sold its headquarters complex to ...

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MSMA welcomes former lawmaker

Mississippi State Medical Association (MSMA) executive director Charmain Kanosky announced that Neely C. Carlton has joined the MSMA staff. Neely, of Greenville, began her career at the Mississippi Supreme Court while clerking for Justice Edwin Lloyd Pittman. She returned home to Greenville in 1995 to open a law firm. That same year and at the age of 25, Neely became ...

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