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Delta State takes online nursing program to top

By BECKY GILLETTE  Delta State University’s Robert E. Smith School of Nursing offered one of the first online nursing schools and now is also considered one of the best, having recently been ranked first in the country for providing online RN (registered nurse) to BSN (Bachelor of Science in nursing) education by RNtoBSN.org. “Offering this program online allows working Delta ...

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Jackson-area Habitat dedicates 600th house

Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area celebrates a major milestone on today with the dedication of its 600th house.  Known as the McRae Build, the 600th house is funded by the Selby and Richard McRae Family Foundation. The HFHMCA Board of Directors and staff will honor McRae and the McRae Family at the dedication, scheduled today at noon. At 1004 ...

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Mississippi inmate seeks resumption of conjugal visits

JACKSON — A federal magistrate judge will determine if Mississippi inmates have a protected right to conjugal visits. An inmate makes that argument in a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court against the Department of Corrections and former corrections chief Christopher Epps. Epps ended the more than a century-old practice of allowing conjugal visits for inmates on Jan. 31, 2014. ...

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FBI says family given autopsy results in Mississippi hanging

JACKSON — The FBI says it has discussed autopsy results with the family of a black man found hanging from a tree in Mississippi. However, investigators are not saying when they will publicly release the information or whether they consider the death of 54-year-old Otis Byrd to be homicide or suicide. “At each milestone in this case, the FBI’s first ...

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1st District congressional candidates voice platforms

PONTOTOC — Twelve of the 13 candidates running in the May 12 special election in Mississippi’s 1st Congressional District appeared Tuesday at an event in Pontotoc. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the candidates had six minutes each to speak to the crowd. The speeches covered a range of topics including reforming tax codes to lowering the national debt. Although ...

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Regulators seek comment on rule to aid solar development

JACKSON — Though Mississippi has lagged in its use of solar energy, it may be starting to catch up. Tuesday, the state Public Service Commission voted to seek comments on a proposed rule that would mandate that utilities pay solar panel owners for power they generate. Also Tuesday, Entergy Mississippi held a groundbreaking for a commercial solar facility adjacent to ...

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5 years after BP spill, industry touts ability to respond

NEW ORLEANS — An oil consortium says an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico today can be cleaned up far faster than five years ago when BP’s Macondo well blew out 45 miles off the coast of Louisiana, spawning the nation’s worst offshore oil spill. It took BP and the industry’s best containment technology 87 days to contain the ...

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Biloxi acting mayor will run for job

BILOXI — Acting Biloxi Mayor Kenny Glavan says he intends to enter the mayor’s race. The Sun Herald reports that will bring to nine the number of candidates running so far, with David Bull and Jesse Kennedy, who both ran in the last election, possible last-minute filers on Wednesday. Glavan didn’t answer any questions after his announcement. He did say ...

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