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University's Coast campus almost back to pre-Katrina condition

LONG BEACH — With four of five building projects completed, the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus is nearing its full return from damage caused by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. The first buildings to be completed were the Science Building and Nursing Building, both located on the northwest corner of campus. The Science Building, a $10-million new construction ...

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Legislators comfortable with nearly $200M bond package

JACKSON — Top Mississippi lawmakers say they’ve agreed on a bond package of about $200 million for the coming year. Senate Finance Committee chairman Joey Fillingane says that includes about $96 million to be divided among the eight universities, including the University of Mississippi Medical Center. The package also has about $25 million for community colleges and smaller amounts for ...

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Scientist finding native grass best for livestock forage

STARKVILLE — Studies at Mississippi State University are finding that when it comes to providing forage for livestock, native grasses may be best. Sam Riffell, an associate professor of wildlife ecology and management in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, is examining the benefits of replacing exotic grasses, commonly used in Mississippi grazing pastures, with native, warm-season grasses. “The ...

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State's winter wheat crop struggling with cool weather

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Cool temperatures through March kept some Mississippians comfortable, but they slowed the development of wheat, the state’s only row crop grown through winter. Erick Larson, corn and wheat state specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said wheat acreage is high this year, with 420,000 acres planted in the fall. State growers planted 500,000 acres in ...

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Transportation researchers, leaders talk composites

STARKVILLE — Researchers and leaders in the transportation industry gathered recently at Mississippi State University to explore the possibilities of a technology that the university reports is revolutionizing the design, production and use of land, air and sea vehicles. Participants discussed how to overcome barriers using composite materials by creating partnerships that serve manufacturing needs and research interests. Composites are ...

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Board says it supports Bryant on teacher requirements, but…

JACKSON — The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning has passed a resolution outlining its position on increasing teacher preparation program entrance requirements at public universities in Mississippi. The resolution outlines the Board’s ongoing support for improving teacher quality and the impact a quality teacher has on students in the classroom. The vote came after Gov. ...

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University pushes numbers, touts domed stadium

JACKSON — Jackson State University says building a domed stadium would create nearly $65 million in personal income and more than $7 million in revenue for the school in its first year of operation. The Clarion-Ledger reports the claim was made in an economic impact analysis released late last week by the university. David Hoard, Jackson State vice president of ...

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Board gives nod to plans for new UM basketball arena

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi is taking concrete steps toward building a new basketball arena. The state College Board has approved plans for Ole Miss to spend $6 million for architects to design a 10,000-seat venue, a parking garage and other facilities. The arena would replace the 9,061-seat Tad Smith Coliseum, built in 1967. Ole Miss says the current ...

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Governor accuses Board of keeping down teaching standards

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant is criticizing members of the state College Board for their opposition to increasing requirements for teaching candidates. Bryant, in an unusual appearance at the board’s meeting yesterday, accused the board and the state’s public universities of trying to keep standards low. The governor wants to require college students who want to enter teacher preparation programs ...

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MUW launching new global commerce master's degree

COLUMBUS — This summer Mississippi University for Women will launch its master of science in global commerce program, which will be delivered completely online. Its purpose is to prepare graduates to manage global business operations to the benefit and competitive advantage of companies across the region. Dr. Scott Tollison, dean of the College of Business and Professional Studies, said this ...

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