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USM names Jeffrey Wiggins to head polymers & materials school

March 4, 2014

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University of Southern Mississippi Associate Professor Jeffrey Wiggins, inventor of a football helmet cushioning system, has been named the new director of the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials. For the past year Wiggins has served as the school’s interim director, filling a void left by longtime director Dr. Robert Lochhead, who relinquished the […]

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Baptist, Methodist ministers join to decry gay discrimination legislation

March 4, 2014

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Five Mississippi Baptist and Methodist pastors have sent a letter to state legislators urging them to keep discriminatory language out of a so-called “Religious Freedom” bill that passed the House in late January and is now before House Judiciary Committee B. An amended version of the bill, SB2681, cleared the House Judiciary Committee B Tuesday […]

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Facing South Report: Remembering Lumumba, America’s ‘revolutionary’ mayor

March 3, 2014

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By Chris Kromm Facing South Writer He was known as “America’s most revolutionary mayor.” Chokwe Lumumba, who died this week at the age of 66, was elected to lead the city of Jackson, Miss. in 2013 with 86 percent of the vote. And in his eight-month tenure, Lumumba earned a reputation for being both practical […]

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Cochran, Wicker join GOP vote to kill far-reaching veterans’ benefits bill

February 28, 2014

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Mississippi’s Sen. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker joined Senate Republican in derailing a bill that would have expended $21 billion to enhance health care, education and job benefits for veterans. The “nea” votes Thursday by Cochran, Wicker and all but two other Senate GOP members brought a harsh response from the American Legion. “I don’t […]

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Newest Fla, restaurant trend: Forcing customers to cover Obamacare costs

February 28, 2014

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LAKELAND, Florida — Some Tampa Bay area diners are finding a new charge on their restaurant bills. It’s an extra fee or surcharge for Obamacare, and the restaurant group that started it is based here in Florida, Tampa Bay’s Fox Channel 13 reports. “We wanted to be transparent about it. We didn’t want to hide […]

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Cochran’s American Conservative Union rating takes nosedive

February 26, 2014

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Veteran GOP senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi, who is battling a conservative primary challenger, has a new political headache: a scathing appraisal and conservative rating from the American Conservative Union, one of the right’s most influential assessors of Republicans, the Washington Post reports. In its new annual scorecard, which was shared with The Washington Post on […]

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Human Rights Campaign joins in call to reject Miss. bill it calls ‘anti-gay’

February 26, 2014

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WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, is calling on Mississippi lawmakers to reject anti-gay legislation that would allow businesses to deny services to LGBT people. SB 2681, which passed the Mississippi Senate in January, would allow businesses to deny services to anyone […]

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Jackson Mayor Lumumba dead at 66

February 25, 2014

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Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba died unexpectedly Tuesday at age 66. Jackson TV station WAPT Channel 16 reported about 6 p.m. that the Hinds County coroner had confirmed the mayor’s death. The Detroit native and Jackson lawyer and civic activist won election in June 2013, unseating Harvey Johnson in a runoff. Lumumba had been reported to […]

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Netflix, Comcast deal speeding up service, analyst says

February 24, 2014

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Jeff Kagan, a veteran telecom industry analyst based in Atlanta, likes the arrangement Netflix and Comcast have reached. Here is what he has to say: Comcast and Netflix seem to have finally struck a deal that will benefit them both, and their customers. This is just one of many such deals that will have to […]

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Equifax asks U.S. Supreme Court to review DOR tax method ruling

February 21, 2014

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Calling the Mississippi appeals process a virtual local lock for the state’s Department of Revenue, Equifax Credit Information Services has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review last summer’s Mississippi Supreme Court decision upholding the method DOR used in taxing Equifax. In a Feb. 19 petition for certiorari, Equifax argues that the Mississippi tax appeals […]

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