Thursday, May 23 2013 5:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 21:38:18 GMT
The picture of a George County dog set on fire is disturbing. Authorities say the circumstances surrounding how fire consumed the dog are shocking. According to George County Sheriff Dean Howell, 20-year-oldMore >>
Socks, the dog reportedly burned this week by his owner, has died. That word comes from a George County Sheriff's deputy. Socks succumbed to injuries suffered after 20-year-old Brandon Pierce allegedly set his dog on fire Tuesday night. The suspect told deputies he torched the dog because he "wanted to help the dog go to heaven."More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:15 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:15:57 GMT
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night. Several WLOX viewers called our newsroom to tell us about it. One person called whileMore >>
Part of the coast is being invaded this week by termites. Millions swarmed across Harrison County Wednesday night.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:25 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:25:10 GMT
The search is on in north Picayune for two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee. Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were last seen leaving a mobile home on Pea Ridge Road in Picayune.More >>
Two fugitive brothers wanted out of Tennessee were captured around 6:30 Thursday morning according to Pearl River Sheriff's Department. According to Pearl River County Sheriff David Allison, Jessy and Jeffrey Marchbanks were caught at the corner of Ozona Richardson Road and Richardson Road just after sunrise. That's the same general area authorities had searched Wednesday and early Thursday morning.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:19:04 GMT
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi. After receiving calls and posts from many of our WLOX viewers concernedMore >>
Don't panic. It's normal. That's what pest control specialists are saying about the swarms of termites spotted across south Mississippi.More >>
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
Getting a degree from one or more of Mississippi's eight public universities is most likely about to get more expensive. That's because proposed tuition hikes are getting the green light.
"It's always a difficult conversation to have," said Commissioner of Higher Education, Dr. Hank Bounds.
Bounds laid out a two year tuition plan to the state college board Thursday morning, which gave preliminary approval. Under the plan an average increase of about $750 would be spread out during the next two school years for in-state students.
Those out of state could see an average increase of just more than $1,100.
Bounds says universities are having to rely more heavily on tuition revenue rather than appropriations from the legislature.
From fiscal year 2000 to 2012, Bounds says state support went from 56 percent to 37 percent, causing tuition rates to rise.
University of Mississippi chancellor Dan Jones says it's an unfortunate challenge.
"Reality is that states all across the country invest less in public higher education and so students and families are having to invest more," said Jones.
With the legislature yet to finalize a budget, Bounds says the university system must stay competitive in attracting high caliber jobs and it starts with funding education.
"If we're going to keep those kinds of jobs in Mississippi, we have to make certain that we're providing the education opportunities that institutions in other states are providing," said Bounds.
Jackson State University president Dr. Carolyn Meyers says providing those opportunities isn't free.
"We live in a competitive environment and we made a promise for high quality. We got to pay for it somehow," said Meyers.
State universities saw an increase last fall as well, at a nearly seven percent average. Even though Mississippi's cost for college is well below the national average, that gap is slowly being filled.
"Raising tuition is a difficult sad reality in today's world of financing higher education," said Jones.
For out of state students there is way to avoid paying the out of state fee. That's because of legislation recently signed by the governor allowing schools to waive that cost.
A final vote on the increases is set for next month.
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