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Apollo 11 astronauts returning to launch pad 50 years later

Apollo 11’s astronauts are returning to the exact spot from where they flew to the moon 50 years ago. NASA has invited Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A on Tuesday. They will mark the precise moment — 9:32 a.m. on July 16, 1969 — that their Saturn V rocket departed on humanity’s first moon ...

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Mississippi sales tax holiday includes school supplies

Mississippi will soon have its annual sales tax holiday but this year there’s more to celebrate. News outlets report school supplies are officially on the tax exemption list for the holiday, which is on July 26 and 27. All clothing, footwear and school supplies under $100 can be purchased minus the 7% state sales tax. Sen. Chuck Younger co-authored the ...

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Assistant tax collector indicted on in-county travel pay

The Mississippi auditor is demanding that an assistant tax collector pay more than $19,800 to the county where she works. Auditor Shad White says in a news release Monday that a Harrison County grand jury has indicted Denise Gill on four counts of submitting false statements to defraud the government. An auditor’s demand letter says Gill is accused of improperly ...

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Candidates: Mississippi should focus on vocational education

Candidates for Mississippi governor are saying the state should strengthen vocational education programs to boost the economy. Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he’s proposing the state spend $100 million to try to improve job skills. Reeves said the single largest expense would be $75 million to community colleges for workforce training. “I believe in Mississippi; we need ...

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FAA to probe medical certification of pilot injured in crash

The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating whether a Mississippi pilot injured in a crash had an expired medical certification. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports the FAA requires pilots to have a valid medical license to fly, but 72-year-old pilot Walter J. Mitchell says he’s exempt because he flies recreationally. FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says all pilots must have valid medical certificates ...

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Analysis: Charter board could face school closure decision

If you thought opening charter schools was a tough task in Mississippi, wait until state officials start considering whether to close them. The state’s Charter School Authorizer Board could have to make that decision in coming months, as Mississippi’s first two charter schools complete their initial five-year contracts. Reimagine Prep and Midtown Public Charter School, which both serve students in ...

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Reno-based Eldorado selling casinos in Mississippi, Missouri

Casino company Eldorado Resorts Inc. says it is selling two of its 26 properties and will use the proceeds to help it buy Caesars Entertainment Corp. Reno-based Eldorado announced Thursday that Rhode Island-based Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. will buy the Lady Luck Casino in Vicksburg, Mississippi, and the Isle of Capri property in Kansas City, Missouri, for a combined ...

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Ole Miss growing largest crop of marijuana for research in 5 years

The U.S. government is growing the largest crop of research marijuana in five years, responding to interest in varieties with high levels of THC and CBD. The government is the only source of pot for nearly all research in the U.S., while it still considers it illegal and dangerous.Scientists have asked for weed that more closely matches what’s sold in ...

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New Orleans fears triple threat of storm surge, river, rain

When it comes to water, New Orleans faces three threats: the sea, the sky and the river. Tropical storms and hurricanes send storm surges pushing up against the city’s outer defenses. That’s what happened in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina’s surge caused widespread levee failures and left 80% of the city under water. Massive rains like those expected to accompany approaching ...

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Mississippi suspends OB-GYN physician amid accusations

Mississippi has suspended the medical license of an OB-GYN physician amid several complaints about him, including that he had an affair with one of his married employees starting in 2015 and tried to insert abortion-inducing drugs into her while she was pregnant with his child. The baby was born in 2016. The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure on Wednesday ordered ...

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