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November 7, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night, vanquishing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney despite a weak economy that plagued his first term and put a crimp in the middle class dreams of millions. In victory, he confidently promised better days ahead.

 
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night, vanquishing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney despite a weak economy that plagued his first term and put a crimp in the middle class dreams of millions. In victory, he confidently promised better days ahead.

October 23, 2012

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October 17, 2012

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has been busy under the Obama administration, pushing research and development for renewable energy in a variety of industries. The DOE has administered a number of federal grants to businesses to help them develop such products.
The purpose of these grants is to infuse a struggling industry with cash to give the industry a competitive advantage with established energy development such as coal and oil.

October 1, 2012

Raymond Martin of Atlanta was 9 years old when James Meredith made history as the first black student to attend The University of Mississippi.

Raymond Martin of Atlanta was 9 years old when James Meredith made history as the first black student to attend The University of Mississippi.
As a little boy in 1962, Martin remembered troops around Oxford, a lot of confusion and “just a prayer for the future.”
The tense and violent atmosphere led his parents’ decision not to walk around town anymore.
Martin lived with his family about two miles away from the university golf course.

October 1, 2012

Raymond Martin of Atlanta was 9 years old when James Meredith made history as the first black student to attend The University of Mississippi.

Raymond Martin of Atlanta was 9 years old when James Meredith made history as the first black student to attend The University of Mississippi. As a little boy in 1962, Martin remembered troops around Oxford, a lot of confusion and “just a prayer for the future.” The tense and violent atmosphere led his parents’ decision not to walk around town anymore. Martin lived with his family about two miles away from the university golf course. “At that time, we did a lot of walking on the roads,” he said.

September 5, 2012

 

In a big week for local government, the Board of Aldermen held its first bimonthly meeting and passed votes on some major issues that have been in the works for months.

 
 
 

September 4, 2012

Outside of Hurricane Isaac coverage, the news and social media was saturated with commentary and footage from the Republican National Convention this past week in Tampa, Fla.
Prominent Republicans took the the stage to rally support for the party and convey their goals for the future of America. Party conventions were originally the last determining factor for establishing who would be the candidate for the respective parties in the general election.
Today, candidates are decided well before the conventions, leaving it to be more of a formality.

September 3, 2012

“The university is respected, but Ole Miss is loved. The university gives a diploma and regretfully terminates tenure, but one never graduates from Ole Miss,” is a quote from alumnus Frank Everett that hangs from the wall of the Student Union. 

“The university is respected, but Ole Miss is loved. The university gives a diploma and regretfully terminates tenure, but one never graduates from Ole Miss,” is a quote from alumnus Frank Everett that hangs from the wall of the Student Union.
In the midst of tough economic times, the University of Mississippi has been incredibly successful in raising funds through private donations, so much so that the 2012 fiscal year was the second-best fundraising year in the 165-year history of the university.

July 17, 2012

Despite the recent repeal on President Barack Obama’s health care law by the U.S. House of Representatives, a group of 11 people, including Gov. Phil Bryant, have decided to take matters into their own hands. 

 
Despite the recent repeal on President Barack Obama’s health care law by the U.S. House of Representatives, a group of 11 people, including Gov. Phil Bryant, have decided to take matters into their own hands. 
The group, made up of politicians and attorneys, is suing the federal government on grounds that Obamacare is unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett in Hattiesburg set a bench trial date in October to hear the case. 

June 18, 2012

Recent activity in Maryland, Connecticut, Washington State, Massachusetts and New Jersey raise alarm and hope for employees’ privacy rights. 

 
Recent activity in Maryland, Connecticut, Washington State, Massachusetts and New Jersey raise alarm and hope for employees’ privacy rights. 
After complaints from employees being forced to divulge social media passwords to their employers, states took action to prevent further privacy breaches. 
The Password Privacy Act of 2012 builds on the existing law of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. 
Initially, the law was used as a tool for individuals to protect themselves from hackers. 

June 12, 2012

 
Dear incoming college freshmen,
Congratulations on getting to this point in your life. To those who are from Mississippi, I’m glad you decided to stay in the state that I love. To those from elsewhere, welcome home, and I know you will come to love this place nearly as much as I do.

 
Dear incoming college freshmen,
Congratulations on getting to this point in your life. To those who are from Mississippi, I’m glad you decided to stay in the state that I love. To those from elsewhere, welcome home, and I know you will come to love this place nearly as much as I do.
I rarely get personal with my articles, usually wanting to voice my opinion without the use of “I,” but this one I intend to be an exception. In fact, I want you to hear this as if coming from a friend you have known your whole life.

June 5, 2012

JACKSON –– Construction of a new research facility could begin in January 2013 at The University of Mississippi Medical Center, according to UMMC officials in Jackson.

JACKSON –– Construction of a new research facility could begin in January 2013 at The University of Mississippi Medical Center, according to UMMC officials in Jackson.
The plans site an initial $35 million price tag on the 220 square foot, eight-story shell of the Cancer and Biomedical Science Research Center, which will have space for start-up biotechnology companies.

April 30, 2012

A new bill facing the Mississippi Legislature could allow certain areas to create state-funded private schools.

A new bill facing the Mississippi Legislature could allow certain areas to create state-funded private schools.

The Mississippi Public Charter Schools Act of 2012, or SB 2401, addresses the privatization of public schools. Failing schools, a rating of which is determined by the Mississippi Department of Education’s Accountability Results, would have the option to become private schools.

April 19, 2012

Mississippi consistently ranks at the bottom of education lists and statistic reports. Are charter schools the answer? Not necessarily. 

 

Mississippi consistently ranks at the bottom of education lists and statistic reports. Are charter schools the answer? Not necessarily. 

Charter schools take students out from under the state’s eye. These “private-public” schools receive public funding but have flexibility in curriculum and hiring, and in some states they are free from standardized testing (which makes it difficult to determine the success of these ventures).

April 16, 2012

 

The Mississippi Senate voted in favor of House Bill 921 this past Tuesday, which will require voters to show their photo ID before voting.

The bill now has to be approved by the U.S. Justice Department. Federal officials rejected similar laws in Texas and South Carolina. Whether they will approve the Mississippi bill remains unclear.

 

The Mississippi Senate voted in favor of House Bill 921 this past Tuesday, which will require voters to show their photo ID before voting.

March 5, 2012

In a country that promotes physical perfection to the umpteenth degree, we Americans strive for that acme of fitness, whether for purely aesthetic reasons or truly for our health, sometimes to the extreme. Nutrition, diets, exercise programs, health equipment; all of it is big business in the United States today. Medicinenet.com reports that Americans spend an estimated $42 billion annually on weight-loss foods, products and services. That’s a lot of Atkins’ Bars and Slim Fast.

 

In a country that promotes physical perfection to the umpteenth degree, we Americans strive for that acme of fitness, whether for purely aesthetic reasons or truly for our health, sometimes to the extreme. Nutrition, diets, exercise programs, health equipment; all of it is big business in the United States today. Medicinenet.com reports that Americans spend an estimated $42 billion annually on weight-loss foods, products and services. That’s a lot of Atkins’ Bars and Slim Fast.

February 27, 2012

While traveling this weekend, I stopped at a fast food restaurant to get a bottle of water and get back on the road. Lately, I’ve become more interested in where my food and drinks come from, so I decided to read the label. 

 

While traveling this weekend, I stopped at a fast food restaurant to get a bottle of water and get back on the road. Lately, I’ve become more interested in where my food and drinks come from, so I decided to read the label. 

To my surprise, this company’s bottled water has quite a lot of mileage. The water’s source is the municipal water supplies of Palestine, Texas, it is bottled by a company in Little Rock and it is then distributed by the corporation’s office in Oklahoma City, Okla. 

February 8, 2012

Sallie Mae, a loan company that is not sponsored by the government, implemented a new policy of charging graduated students a $50 fee for forbearance on their student loans.
The new penalty has sparked an online petition on Change.org, with 114,714 signatures as of Monday afternoon. The petition was created by Stef Gray, a former student from Brooklyn, N.Y. Gray took out private student loans through Sallie Mae and is currently unemployed.

Sallie Mae, a loan company that is not sponsored by the government, implemented a new policy of charging graduated students a $50 fee for forbearance on their student loans.
The new penalty has sparked an online petition on Change.org, with 114,714 signatures as of Monday afternoon. The petition was created by Stef Gray, a former student from Brooklyn, N.Y. Gray took out private student loans through Sallie Mae and is currently unemployed.

February 8, 2012

In 1988, Congress passed the Drug-Free Workplace Act, which requires federal contractors and grantees to provide drug-free workplaces in order to receive a contract or grant. Then in 1989, the Supreme Court ruled that it is constitutional for private railroad companies to require employees to test negative for use of drugs upon hire and return from extended leave.

 

In 1988, Congress passed the Drug-Free Workplace Act, which requires federal contractors and grantees to provide drug-free workplaces in order to receive a contract or grant. Then in 1989, the Supreme Court ruled that it is constitutional for private railroad companies to require employees to test negative for use of drugs upon hire and return from extended leave.

Later, in 1992, the Supreme Court ruled that schools can require students to pass a drug test as a prerequisite for extracurricular activities, like sports.

December 1, 2011

Eminent domain, also known as Initiative 31, has some scratching their heads on what it means, even after it passed with a landslide vote in the Nov. 8 election.  

 

 

Eminent domain, also known as Initiative 31, has some scratching their heads on what it means, even after it passed with a landslide vote in the Nov. 8 election.  

Eminent domain issues have had a tumultuous history in the state. For example, in 2001, with the Canton Nissan plant, the state government tried to take the private land of Madison County resident Lorenzo Archie through the use of eminent domain and sell it to Nissan. Archie fought the state from taking his land and won.

November 15, 2011

The dean of the School of Education’s big dream comes in a small package — elementary school students.
David Rock hopes to open up a pre-K through fifth grade school, which he said would benefit both the local school districts and the School of Education.
Though it is still unclear where the initial funding to build the school would come from, funding to operate the school on a daily basis would be paid in part by local school districts and in part by the School of Education.  

November 2, 2011

What's behind President Obama's new student loan plan? 

 

According to Kimberly Hefling of The Huffington Post, student loan debt in the United States recently surpassed the trillion-dollar mark. Under Obama’s plan, anyone’s student loan payback would be no more than 10 percent of discretionary income, as opposed to 15 percent, and loans would be forgiven after 20 years instead of 25.  

This does not apply to those already in default or to loans from private institutions, like banks, which is great news for me but not for a large majority of that trillion-dollar debt.

November 2, 2011

This is the first in a four-part series highlighting important issues that will be on Tuesday’s ballot. This article will deal with Intiative 31 which talks about Eminent Domain. Tomorrow will deal with Initiative 27, which talks about Voter Identification.

 

While some people may not know or understand eminent domain laws in Mississippi, for others it is a huge deal.  

“As of now, eminent domain allows government to take private property from people who are not willing to sell their land directly to the private corporation and use it as economic development,” Cy Rosenblatt, political science professor, said.

People for this initiative feel like the government should not be able to take private land and hand it over to private corporations. 

October 18, 2011

The City of Oxford Planning Commission is working to clean up parking on the Square.

 

The City of Oxford Planning Commission is working to clean up parking on the Square.

The Downtown Parking Advisory Commission, a project that the city has been working on for several months, is still in what some call the beta phase, as the ordinance for its creation had its first public hearing two weeks ago at the board of aldermen meeting.

The Downtown Parking Advisory Commission will be styled after the Stake Holder Committee created in Tacoma, Wash., to deal with fairly similar downtown parking issues.