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MSU again named Mississippi’s top ‘Best Value College’

Mississippi State was recently recognized as the state’s top “Best Value College” in 2020 for giving students the best return on their educational investment. In its annual Best Value Colleges study, New York-based financial technology company SmartAsset determined that MSU graduates earn higher average starting salaries than their peers from other state colleges and universities. According to the study, MSU graduates receive an ...

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ERDC researcher awarded top honor from University of Alabama

Dr. Tim Rushing of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg has earned one of the top awards at the University of Alabama — the 2020 Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department Distinguished Fellow Award. Rushing, who is chief of the Airfields and Pavements branch in the Geotechnical and Structures Laboratory (GSL), graduated with a bachelor’s ...

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Argent Financial Group wins Stevie Award for Financial Services Company of the Year

Argent Financial Group, an independent fiduciary wealth management firm, has been named the winner of a Stevie Award in the 18th Annual American Business Awards. The Ruston, Louisiana-based company received a bronze award for Company of the Year – Financial Services – Large. This is the third year in a row that Argent has won a Stevie Award, and the ...

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JSU’s Bouie-Haynes is new executive director of Mississippi Chapter of National Association of Social Workers

Dr. Gwen Bouie-Haynes has been chosen as the new executive director of The National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter. Bouie-Haynes, who recently served as an adjunct professor at JSU in the Master of Social Work program, taught courses focusing on children/youth, oppression, health and human behavior. Her professional experience in social work includes legislative advocacy work, nonprofit development, grant-writing, ...

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Expert: Slow economic recovery for Mississippi amid virus

Mississippi can expect a long, slow economic recovery from the shock of job losses and the steep decline in commercial activity tied to the coronavirus pandemic, state economist Darrin Webb told legislators Tuesday. It was basically the same information Webb gave to Ted Carter of the Mississippi Business Journal in an early May interview. » READ MORE: Swift, deep declines ahead ...

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Judge: Health Dept. must respond to public records request

A Mississippi judge ruled Tuesday that the state Health Department must respond to a newspaper’s public records request about long-term care facilities where outbreaks of the new coronavirus have occurred. Hinds County Chancery Judge Tiffany Grove granted an emergency injunction in favor of Hattiesburg Publishing Inc., which owns the Pine Belt News. Grove wrote that the Health Department has seven days to ...

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TODD SMITH — Here’s what consumers want from brands in the midst of COVID-19

Consumers are shifting from an “acute” phase of concern about the coronavirus crisis pandemic to a “transitory” phase that will ultimately lead to “normalcy,” top analysts at market researcher Global Web Index said recently during a media preview of their latest wave of COVID-19 tracking studies. The new findings, based on a third wave surveying more that 15,000 people April ...

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TIMOTHY MOORE — It’s time to support healthcare

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Mississippi hospitals have stepped up to build and staff temporary treatment facilities, overcome personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilator shortages, and care for the sick and dying – often at great personal sacrifice.  Mississippi’s nearly 60,000 hospital employees are rightly being celebrated as #HealthcareHeroes and recognized by their communities for bravery and commitment.  Although positive COVID ...

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Analysis: Mississippi prisons nominee faces Senate scrutiny

The nominee to lead Mississippi’s troubled prison system, Burl Cain, spent 21 years as warden of Louisiana’s Angola penitentiary, resigning in early 2016 amid ethics questions about how public money was spent during his tenure. Advocates for inmates’ rights have also condemned his work. “Burl Cain left a legacy of corruption, cruelty and callous disregard for the human lives in ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — More help needed to keep nursing home residents safe

Mississippians trust the care of precious loved ones to many wonderful nursing homes and other long-term care facilities. But, the COVID-19 pandemic has raised concerns. While 13% of the state’s virus cases occurred in long-term care facilities, they had 50% of deaths (the national average is about 33%). More specifically, through May 21 there had been 1,627 cases reported at ...

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