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Ed funding vote shows lawmakers’ feelings

Editor Tim Phillips writes that while it wasn’t a big surprise, it was disappointing to see the Mississippi House of Representatives vote for education funding more than $205 million under what would have been fully funding the Mississippi Adequate Education Program. (February 23, 2015, Page 4)

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    Meeting to explain more about Literacy-Based Promotion Act

    You may have read or heard lots about the Literacy-Based Promotion Act which requires students to be reading on a third-grade level before being promoted to the fourth grade. If you still have questions, however, there’s an excellent chance to learn more — including tips to help our youngsters improve their reading — as the Mississippi Department of Education will hold a regional meeting Wednesday at the Oxford Conference Center. (February 23, 2015, Page 4)

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      New report changes what’s good — or not so bad — for you

      Coffee with your EAGLE this morning? That’s OK. Some eggs with your breakfast? No problem. A sugary soda to cap it all off? Nope, that’s not the thing to do. New food and nutrition guidelines are out that change some of the things that we’re supposed to eat. In the end, moderation still remains the key — although black coffee is certainly higher up on the approved list than before. (February 22, 2015, Page 4A)

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        We hope you enjoy today’s Profile 2015

        Today’s Oxford EAGLE includes a special treat for readers and advertisers — a closer look at our Lafayette-Oxford-University community, its character and some of the “characters” that make this such a special place. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at Profile 2015, today’s special section that includes feature stories and pictures for figures around the city, county and campus. (February 22, 2015, Page 4A)

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          Stellar music lineup set for Double Decker

          The good folks at Visit Oxford have done it again, putting together a stellar lineup of musicians and bands for the annual Double Decker Arts Festival. Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks takes a look at the lineup, which features a lot of performers he’s sure will please those on hand. (February 20, 2015, Page 4A)

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            Let’s do what is right for Americans

            Legal moves are going back and forth on the issue of deferring the deportation of immigrants, and it’s clear much of the action involves partisan politics. We encourage our leaders to take politics out of the mix and do what is right for Americans. (February 20, 2015, Page 4A)

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              State Reps’ funding move very disturbing

              Local columnist T.J. Ray reacts to word that the Mississippi House of Representatives didn’t come anywhere near fully funding education for the upcoming fiscal year. (February 19, 2015, Page 4A)

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                TVA offers hints to trim power use

                The Tennessee Valley Authority has issues some hints to help conserve energy use during these winter cold spells, and we encourage all to take note of them in a move that will help save you money on your utility bills as well as helping others by keeping plenty of electricity available for all who need it. (February 19, 2015, Page 4A)

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                  Letters to the Editor

                  Jeff Justis and Philip Loria write about the recent column by Jonathan Scott, “A terrible truth that needs to be remembered,” with Justis supporting remembering the past and Loria calling the column and report a bit disingenuous. (February 19, 2015, Page 4A)

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                    Power brokers in Mississippi politics

                    Who’s the most powerful political figure in Mississippi? Gov. Phil Bryant? Sen. Thad Cochran? Or perhaps Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. Editor Don Whitten writes about the privileges and duties of the lieutenant governor in Mississippi in making the point that Reeves is certainly near the top of the list. (February 18, 2015, Page 4A)

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