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How will lawmakers respond to Barbour’s budget?

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, heading into his final year in office, has submitted his annual Executive Budget Recommendations to members of the State Legislature. Editor Don Whitten notes that some of the numbers involving budget cuts are lower than anticipated, but there are expected to be battles in several areas before the FY 2012 budget is eventually adopted. (November 19, 2010, Page 4A)

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    Cards change – and so does life’s schedule

    It’s funny how life works out sometimes. Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks traces his recent steps that brought him full circle to working with The Oxford EAGLE again. (November 18, 2010, Page 4)

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      Holiday shopping season continues to grow

      Christmas shopping once was just a December occurrence, but then it moved up to begin on “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving. Editor Don Whitten takes a closer look at the holiday shopping season which may now include stores opening on Thanksgiving and already includes big sales in the weekends before Thanksgiving. (November 17, 2010, Page 4)

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        Local news tops priority list for stories

        Some Oxford EAGLE readers aren’t happy when the paper has “too much” local news and not enough state and national news because The EAGLE is the only paper they subscribe to. Others are bothered because of the amount of Associated Press content because they buy The EAGLE to get local news. Editor Don Whitten tries to give a little insight into the daily decisions made by your community newspaper. (November 15, 2010, Page 4A)

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          Regardless of reason, political colors change

          Red state? Or Blue? Or perhaps it’s really purple. Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the recent midterm elections and the changes made in Mississippi and around the country. The only constant is change and that’s something those who run for office must be aware of. (November 12, 2010, Page 4A)

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            Hard work behind the scenes pays off

            A lot of work was done behind the scenes over the last few months on “Project Duke,” which helped bring Olin Corp.’s Winchester Centerfire Operations and 1,000 jobs to Oxford and Lafayette County. Editor Jonathan Scott takes a look at some of the players in the relocation and expansion project who helped make it happen. (November 10, 2010, Page 4)

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              Kids’ meals getting the boot in San Francisco?

              What’s the first thing most kids go looking for when they get their favorite kids’ meal bag or box from a fast-food restaurant? The toy, of course. The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance banning toys in kids’s meals with too much calories, sodium and fat, and Editor Don Whitten writes to question the decision to turn Happy Meals into Unhappy Meals. (November 8, 2010, Page 4A)

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                Long-running program stimulates economy

                So how did you like the latest government-sponsored and goverment-run stimulus? You know – the midterm elections. Editor Don Whitten writes about how elections help various parts of the community and economy and wonders, tongue-in-cheek, if year-round elections might be a good idea. (November 5, 2010, Page 4A)

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                  Maybe I’m a dreamer, but at least I show up

                  Staff Writer Melanie Addington takes on non-voters and those who don’t attend meetings that will affect their community and way of life just a few days after midterm elections. She urges residents to take part in the entire process and to let elected and appointed officials know how they feel about issues. (November 4, 2010, Page 4)

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                    Conroy’s latest work gives valuable insight

                    It’s been said that you can get a quick fix on someone by seeing what he or she reads. Editor Don Whitten points out that’s not always easy to do, but is with one of the South’s favorite authors, Pat Conroy, whose latest book, “My Reading Life,” takes readers on a trip through his library and education to see how and why Conroy writes as he does. Conroy will be in town Wednesday to sign copies of the new book at 5 p.m. at Off Square Books. (November 2, 2010, Page 4)

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