EPA boosts amount of ethanol in gasoline supply

The Obama administration is boosting the amount of corn-based ethanol and other renewable fuels in the U.S. gasoline supply despite sustained opposition by an unusual alliance of oil companies, environmentalists and some GOP presidential candidates.
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Poll: Only 6 percent of would-be Syrian refugees want to move to North America

According to a new Gallup poll, a tiny fraction of would-be Syrian refugees say their desired home lies in the United States or Canada. The survey, which was conducted in January through face-to-face interviews, found that only 6 percent of Syrians who said they were contemplating leaving their country imagined North America as their chosen destination.


Sacred Heart Elementary sixth-graders celebrate All Saints Day

In celebration of All Saints Day, the sixth-grade class of Sacred Heart Elementary in D'Iberville dressed in the costume of a saint of their choosing and presented a report on the life of their saint. The saints represented were St. Gianna, the patron saint of mothers, physicians and unborn children; Joan of Arc, the patron saint of soldiers; and the Blessed Mother Mary. From left: Scarlet Nation, Dixie Graham and Megan Marie.


Vancleave student wins team-themed prize in MAE's annual Egg Bowl Reading Contest

The Mississippi Association of Educators announced Cheyanna Pierce, center, a seventh-grade student at Vancleave Middle School and Ole Miss fan, was the first of eight winners of team-themed packs in the association's third annual 'Be a Champion and Read Your Way to the Egg Bowl Contest.' Each student had to read six reading-level books and state whether he or she would be reading for the Bulldogs or Rebels. MAE randomly picked a student champion reader for each team. Each of those winners received three tickets to the game. The group also randomly selected eight other student readers and eight educators to receive the gift packs. Teaches and librarians also were chosen to receive money for their classrooms. From left: Joyce Helmick, president of the Mississippi Association of Educators; Pierce; and Rhett Ladner, principal at Vancleave Middle School.

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