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Delta Council fighting USDA over Farm Bill change

Clashes in philosophy and strategy between farmers and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) are certainly nothing new, but a current conflict has at least one Mississippi Delta group vowing to take the fight to the courts if need be. At a recent board meeting, Delta Council Farm Policy Committee chairman Dan Branton said the Stoneville-based organization was “gravely disappointed” ...

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NEXT helps high school students plan for future

One of the biggest steps an individual will make in their lives will be the decisions that involve where to go, or what to do with their lives, after high school. While completing the separate levels of high school, the most obvious post-high school idea is college. But once students have begun to round off the end of their high ...

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Lawmakers act as revenues continue to slide

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) took two significant actions last week in regard to Mississippi’s current and future budgets. Both were in response to declining revenue, and both will force state agencies to make do with less. First, the JLBC adopted a new revenue estimation for fiscal year 2009, dropping it $81 million from the original estimate adopted at ...

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‘Mistletoe’ helps kick off Mississippi holidays

It is official. The holiday shopping season has begun. With the coming and going of Jackson’s Mistletoe Marketplace, the race to finding trendy decorations or steals on stocking stuffers is underway. It is rumored that every year the Mistletoe Marketplace is the beginning of Mississippi’s holiday open house season. Soon enough, streets will be adorned with the various lighting arrangements, ...

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State’s airports hoping holiday travel is no humbug

On Oct. 29, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT’s) Bureau of Transportation Statistics released a report that showed that average domestic airfares in the second quarter of 2008 reached their highest level for any quarter in the 13 years measured by available data. The average domestic itinerary fare in the second quarter was $352, exceeding the previous high of $342 ...

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