Higher prices for higher education in Mississippi

It's WLOX News Director Brad Kessie. I bet there's more than a few of you suddenly wondering if you can afford to send your child to a Mississippi college. We learned today tuition at the eight state universities is about to go up again. Over the next two years, the college board's plan is to tack anywhere from 10% to 14% on tuition bills. On WLOX News at 6:00, we hear from college board members about why students must pay that much more for a college education in Mississippi.

And then, when you flip over to CBS and watch WLOX News at 6:30, we'll take you to campus. Danielle Thomas talks with college students. She asks if another tuition increase will price them out of college.

I had a chance to talk with Mississippi Gaming Commissioner Jerry St. Pe today. I called him moments after commissioners put the Harbor Town casino plans on hold. St. Pe explained that while commissioners liked the concept for the Gulfport casino, they think more time needs to be spent designing the resort before gaming regulators approve it.

"All new projects have to bring something to the proposition in terms of expanding the gulf coast as a tourist attraction," St. Pe told me.

So, gaming commissioners tabled Harbor Town's approval process until developers could add more to the project.

Once again, employees at Beau Rivage and the Hard Rock combined forces to spruce up Deer Island. They spent the day picking up unwanted debris, so future visitors would see just how beautiful the island off Biloxi's peninsula really is. You'll see the Steve Phillips story on WLOX News at 6:00.