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MDA to provide stimulus training

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Beginning in September, the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) will host Stimulus Opportunities Workshops, a series of workshops designed to provide pertinent information about funding opportunities available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). 
 The first series of workshops will focus on the Build America Bonds and Recovery Zone Bonds programs. Recently, the U.S. ...

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ARRA training classes offered

AROUND MISSISSIPPI — Prime recipients of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds will have the opportunity to attend five training sessions designed to educate on the reporting requirements to the federal government under Section 1512 of the ARRA. The training is designed for an entity that is subject to submitting the specially mandated reports to the federal reporting web ...

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More WNV cases identified

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) reports five additional human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) for 2009, bringing the state’s total to 20 with two deaths. The new cases are in Clay, Harrison (two), Hinds and Monroe counties. The MSDH reports both confirmed and probable cases to the public. Since July 2009, WNV cases have ...

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IHL trims budget priorities

JACKSON — The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL)_ has approved the FY 2010 system operating budget and revised its original FY 2011 budget priorities. In his first regular meeting as commissioner of higher education, Dr. Hank Bounds presented the revised budget recommendation, which the board approved in light of the state’s current economic situation ...

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Company reimburses Medicaid

JACKSON — The Office of the Attorney General and Jackson Brace and Limb Company has entered into a settlement agreement totaling almost $200,000, announced Attorney General Jim Hood. The agreement requires Jackson Brace and Limb Company to repay the Division of Medicaid $102,762 for inappropriate claims made from Jan. 2001-Aug. 2008 for orthotic foot/leg braces predominantly prescribed for children. Jackson ...

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Kaase: Students better prepared for college

JACKSON — Dr. Kris Kaase, deputy superinten- dent of instruction and curriculum, has released a statement on Mississippi students’ college preparedness. Kaase said: “We are pleased to see a slight increase in the percent of students that are reaching the ACT college readiness benchmarks. Over 90% of Mississippi’s high school seniors participate in taking the ACT. That is about 10 ...

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DMR seeking public comment on CIAP

BILOXI — The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) is proposing the addition of seven projects to the Mississippi Coastal Impact Assistance Program (CIAP) Plan. DMR is seeking public input before the revised plan is submitted for federal approval. The state CIAP Plan was approved in Feb. 2009 by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Minerals Management Service (MMS) and included ...

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Carnegie, MAC 'LinkUP!'

JACKSON — Through Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute (WMI) Communities LinkUP! Program, the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) is partnering with Mississippi’s symphony orchestras to bring students an opportunity to study orchestral music and to perform with the orchestra. The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, the Meridian Symphony Orchestra and the Mississippi Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra are currently participating in ...

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MPSC commissioners at odds

JACKSON — The Mississippi Public Service Commission (MPSC) declared its intent to consider the adoption of additional and/or amended rules under their jurisdiction, more specifically a “Ratepayers’ Bill of Rights,” though the decision made one commissioner unhappy. Northern District Commissioner Brandon Presley asked for a full vote on a Mississippi Ratepayers’ Bill of Rights, which he proposed in February. However, ...

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Center getting federal money

KILN — Plans to construct a new Emergency Operations Center to serve Hancock County can now move forward with the support of a $1.5-million federal grant, announced Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). The grant award has been given final approval from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The application for the center, which will be located in ...

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