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Barbour: Some universities may have to merge

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says the

state should consider merging some of its universities to save



Barbour, in announcing his budget recommendations Monday, said

Mississippi University for Women should merge with nearby

Mississippi State University and that Alcorn State and Mississippi

Valley State be merged into Jackson State.


Barbour said none of the campuses would close.


The Democratic chairman of the House Universities and Colleges

Committee, Rep. Kelvin Buck, opposes the Republican governor's

proposal. Buck says Mississippi would hurt its own economic future

by limiting higher education.


Barbour's consolidation proposal is part of his suggested budget

for the fiscal year that begins next July 1.



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