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    Southwest Power Pool leader wants better jr. high education

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The chief executive at Southwest Power Pool Inc. says he wants to see a greater emphasis on education in math and science in lower grade levels, and to have the subjects taught in a way to emphasize the fun aspects of the discipline.

    Nick Brown oversees the $64 million headquarters that opened earlier this year in Little Rock. He says being able to hire qualified engineers and information specialists was one of the keys to preventing the home office from moving.

    Southwest Power Pool manages the flow of electricity for utilities in all or part of nine states, and other cities tried to lure the company.

    Little Rock Regional chamber director Jay Chesshir says part of the package for attracting high-paying employers is ensuring local talent can fill their ranks.

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