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Board puts universities' fee request on hold

OXFORD and STARKVILLE — The College Board stalled discussion of a $50-a-semester building fee on full-time students at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University, with members saying they want a committee to consider it. However, it appears the proposal will return, possibly as early as next month. The proposed fee was up for a first reading by the ...

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University wants to buy old Whirlpool plant for $20M

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi wants to spend $20 million to transform the former Whirlpool plant into a recreation facility and transportation hub. The Oxford Eagle reports the project is part of a $95-million wish list Ole Miss has presented to the state College Board. Ole Miss bought the 69-acre site for $3.4 million about two years ago. Whirlpool, ...

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House speaker wraps up statewide 'ideas' tour

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — House Speaker Philip Gunn says education is a recurring theme at the town meetings he held across Mississippi last week. He says comments and ideas have varied. Gunn, a Republican from Clinton, wrapped up his “ideas” tour in Brookhaven. He made earlier stops in Jackson, Greenwood, Hernando, Tupelo, Columbus, Meridian, Hattiesburg and Biloxi. Gunn says health care ...

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Mayor wants $90M for water, sewer improvement contract

JACKSON — Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. is pushing the Jackson City Council to approve a $90 million water and sewer improvement contract that project officials guarantee will pay for itself. The Clarion-Ledger reports the project would be a major step toward addressing the city’s water and sewer infrastructure. The project includes four major initiatives: — Replacing the city’s antiquated water ...

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Southern Miss’ athletic department runs up $1.2M-plus deficit

HATTIESBURG — The University of Southern Mississippi’s athletic department owes the university more than $1.2 million for deficits it ran in three of the past four fiscal years, and the department predicts a shortfall of at least $1 million for 2012-13. But interim Southern Miss president Aubrey Lucas tells the Hattiesburg American measures taken by the university and the athletic ...

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Lawmakers to take hard look at saving money on prisons

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers say they want to examine sentencing, parole and corrections practices to see if the state can find ways to save money on prisons. Two state House committees — Corrections and Judiciary B — met jointly yesterday to hear from judges, prosecutors, the Parole Board chairman and the corrections commissioner. “We’re going to have to establish some ...

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Math and science school looking for private donors

COLUMBUS — As Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science celebrates its 25th year, it’s also facing a common problem among schools — escalating costs, a decrease in state appropriations and an ever-increasing need for public support. In recent years, they’ve come to rely more heavily upon the financial backing of the MSMS Foundation and private donors, but this year, they’re ...

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Supervisors vote in 2.5-mill tax increase to cover budget

MADISON COUNTY — For the second time this month, The Clarion-Ledger reports Madison County supervisors approved a tax increase to fund next year’s budget, despite protests from residents who urged officials to live within their means. The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 in a special meeting yesterday to approve an increase in the tax levy by 2.5 mills, which amounts ...

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