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Tourism plays key role in Mississippi’s economy

When we think of economic drivers, we often think of work – the number of jobs, the number of employees, and the amount of revenue and tax collections generated. But sometimes fun can drive the economy too. Tourism plays a key role in Mississippi’s economy. In its Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report, the Mississippi Development Authority reports that “Mississippi’s unique ...

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MSU renames building on Meridian campus for Deen

MERIDIAN — Mississippi State University has honored a longtime philanthropist with the naming of the business building on the Meridian campus for Robert B. Deen Jr. The ceremony Thursday formally designated the Newberry Building at the MSU-Meridian Riley Campus as the Robert B. Deen Jr. Building. The 20,000-square-foot building is home to the MSU-Meridian Campus’ Division of Business, with six ...

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Miss. universities win final OK to raise tuition

JACKSON — Mississippi’s College Board gave final approval Thursday to plans for the state’s eight public universities to raise tuition by an average of 3.2 percent this fall. Under the plan, Delta State University and Mississippi Valley State University would keep tuition flat for the third year. The other six universities would increase charges from 2.5 percent to 5 percent. ...

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Dr. Hannah Gay to get honorary degree

Dr. Hannah Gay, professor of pediatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at William Carey University’s commencement on Aug. 9. Gay will also was the speaker for the graduation ceremony, which honored graduate students on the Hattiesburg campus. Gay, a Mississippi native, received her bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry at ...

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College tuition program to reopen, but at steeper prices

JACKSON — The Mississippi board that oversees the plan that allows people to lock in pricing for future college tuition voted yesterday to reopen the program, but charge sharply higher prices. State Treasurer Lynn Fitch closed Mississippi Prepaid Affordable College Tuition program in fall 2012, saying she was worried about a funding shortfall. The program that reopens Oct. 1 will ...

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Belhaven gets approval to start nuring program

JACKSON — State officials are initially approving Belhaven University’s plan to start a nursing program. The College Board voted to allow the private Jackson university to start admitting students this fall to a program that will let them earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The board will still have to give final approval to the program as the first class ...

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EPA task force recruits MSU to battle farmland runoff into river

STARKVILLE — A task force established by the Environmental Protection Agency to curtail farmland pollution that flows into the Mississippi River has reached an agreement with 12 universities, including one in Mississippi. The EPA says states already collaborate with universities on local water quality research and agricultural programs but to date there hasn’t been a formal process for sharing university ...

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MSU's Gilbert named finalist for Austin Peay presidency

STARKVILLE — Mississippi State University provost and executive vice president Jerry Gilbert is a finalist for the president of Austin Peay State University. Others are Southern Utah University provost Bradley Cook, Florida College System chancellor Randall Hanna and University of Texas at Tyler provost Alisa White. The Tennessee Board of Regents this past week selected the four finalists from 80 ...

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