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Millsaps Ranks High; Auto Plant Expands

Jackson Joins Greening America's Capitols
The Environmental Protection Agency has chosen Jackson to be part of the Greening America's Capitols initiative.

The Green Government Center explores retrofitting public spaces within about a half-mile radius of the state capitol building with green technologies. These include solar-powered water fountains, indigenous and drought-tolerant landscaping, rain gardens for stormwater treatment, and permeable paving systems. The area includes the Farish Street Historic District. Several major streets run through the area, including Congress Street, along which sits the state capitol, the city hall and the governor's mansion.

The city requested assistance from the Greening America's Capitals design team to develop concepts for Congress Street and two public parks along the street. The city wants Congress Street to be more bike- and pedestrian-friendly to better connect the civic buildings with adjacent neighborhoods and businesses. Another goal is for Congress Street to have a significant increase in street trees

Brookhaven plant to get new equipment

Delphi Automotive plans to invest about $15 million in its Brookhaven manufacturing facility, keeping 200 jobs in the area.

The money will buy new equipment to manufacture a new version of the printed circuit boards currently made at the plant, a press release said.

"I am delighted Delphi has looked to its Brookhaven facility to supply this new contract," Gov. Haley Barbour said in a statement. "Delphi has been a key corporate citizen in southwest Mississippi for more than 30 years. The company's decision to further invest in its Brookhaven plant is great news for southwest Mississippi."

The Mississippi Development Authority supported the plant's new project, and the Lincoln County Industrial Development Foundation and Entergy Mississippi provided funding.

Delphi expects to begin making the new circuit boards in March 2013.

Millsaps Makes 'Best-of' List

The Princeton Review has ranked Millsaps College among its best 376 colleges in the county.

Millsaps earned the No. 8 spot for "Professors Get High Marks and No. 19 for Town-Gown Relations Are Great. Based on student responses, Millsaps professors received the eighth highest ranking in the country. Town-Gown Relations category refers to positive student interaction with the members of the local community.

"Millsaps is a stellar academic environment provided by a nationally acclaimed and deeply caring faculty," Robert W. Pearigen, president of Millsaps, said in a statement. "Distinctive study abroad opportunities, meaningful community service activities and significant pre-professional programs add further quality to the Millsaps experience, ensuring the very best in liberal arts education as preparation for life."

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