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State budget problems, higher ed funding cuts spark exodus

Mississippi, quite simply, is a seeing a bleeding of intellectual capital. Frustrated by continuing budget cuts and average salaries that are the lowest in the country, some of the best and brightest university professors and researchers are leaving for greener pastures elsewhere. In the past three years the number of resignations and retirements at state universities have increased 167.1%. In ...

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MS Automotive Manufacturers Association chief steps down

After a surprising move by Ken Barlow to step down as president and CEO of the Mississippi Automotive Manufacturers Association (MAMA), MAMA’s basic mission is still intact, but there’s still work to do before the organization moves “aggressively into the future.” Those were the words of Dr. Ray Grubbs, chairman of the MAMA executive committee and professor of management at ...

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CDF chairman: city has what it takes to compete globally

TUPELO — Most people in Mississippi probably aren’t familiar with the private company MTD, a Fortune 500 company that has a manufacturing plant in Tupelo along with 12 other plant locations in the U.S. and foreign countries. But most people would instantly recognize the brands produced by MTD as among the most familiar power tools and yard equipment sold in ...

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Patterson takes helm of American Bankers Association

TUPELO — For the second time in a decade, a banker from Mississippi is serving as president of the American Bankers Association (ABA). Aubrey B. Patterson, CEO of BancorpSouth, which has $10 billion in assets, took over as president of the ABA this month. “It is an exciting time to be the head of ABA representing not only our State ...

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