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Budget approved for new UMMC building

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The University of Mississippi Medical center plans to begin construction on its new medical school building this fall.

The College Board Thursday approved increasing the budget for the building to $35.5 million, using $21 million in state bonds that the Legislature approved borrowing earlier this year.

The four-story building is expected to have 138,000 square feet of classrooms, laboratories, offices and training space. Documents presented to the College Board show a contractor has yet to be selected.

The building will relieve overcrowding in the existing buildings and will allow the school to expand each year's incoming class to 165. Officials say the building is large enough to allow the school to eventually expand to classes as large as 200. Any such expansion would require more money and approval by accreditors.

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