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RICK GILBRECH — Stennis to play key role as NASA moves ‘Forward to the Moon’

On July 20, we recognized a pivotal moment in my life, the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first humans on the Moon. It is one of the most extraordinary feats of humankind, an embodiment of ingenuity and desire for exploration. As a child of the Apollo generation, I know firsthand the excitement of the nation ...

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Late planting seen hitting yields of major row crops

By JACK WEATHERLY Late planting due to flooding will have a negative impact on yields of major row crops in Mississippi, according to Dr. Josh Maples, assistant agricultural economics professor at Mississippi State University. For example, only 55 percent of Mississippi cotton is currently setting bolls. The five-year average is 74 percent, Maples said, adding that soybeans setting pods are ...

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Sixteen Mississippi restaurants get Wine Spectator awards

MBJ staff Sixteen Mississippi restaurants have received 2019 awards from Wine Spectator magazine. The respected journal has three levels of awards, in descending order, Grand Award, Best of Award of Excellence, and Award of Excellence. Three of the Mississippi restaurants received the Best Award of Excellence – CAET, which recently moved from Fondren to the Renaissance at Colony Park in ...

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Gift ensures Faulkner furnishings stay with Rowan Oak

William Faulkner’s desk, typewriter and day bed are still in the office of the late Nobel Prize-winning author’s Oxford home. One of his legions of fans is making sure that ambiance is preserved. – by ensuring that all of the furnishings in the antebellum house remain as “fixtures.” Sandra Miller Black’s recent $500,000 gift helped the University of Mississippi ensure ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Sonny saw others as potential allies, not enemies

The day before election days harried politicians scurry to and fro making last minute connections and headlines to squeeze out those last few votes. The first “day before” this year for Mississippi elections landed on August 5th. That is also the birthday of a Mississippi politician who seldom had to scurry for last minute votes. The late Congressman G.V. ‘Sonny’ ...

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PHIL HARDWICK — Beware of scam artists promising jobs for your community

The subject of economic development incentives is receiving lots of publicity these days. The Amazon relocation debacle revealed what can happen when the entire community is not on board with major business recruitment. When incentives are properly used, the community wins and the company receiving the incentives wins. However, because some communities are so desperate for jobs they are easy ...

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Pine beetle infestation under control, Forest Service says

By JACK WEATHERLY The southern pine beetle outbreak that destroyed thousands of pine stands in national forests in Mississippi in 2017 and 2018 apparently is under control, according to U.S. Forest Service officials. The Forest Service identified 23,000 beetle-infested acres in the state’s six national forests in 2017. There are 1.2 million acres in the six forests, excluding two – ...

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TODD SMITH — Cable news audience increased 8% according to Pew State of the News media report

Throughout July, the Spin Cycle explored the recently released Pew Research Center State of the News Media report, showcasing key audience and economic indicators across the U.S. news media landscape. This data pinpoints the shifting ways Americans seek news and information in an increasingly digital world. The press – often referred to as the fourth branch of government – is ...

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HU MEENA — Cracking the code on computer science education in Mississippi

During World War II, an elite group of Navajos called the “code talkers” used their Native American language, which was unwritten and complex, to help transmit top-secret military information.  Code talkers helped the Allies gain an important victory in the Pacific Theater. Fast forward to today and coding means something dramatically different, but just as important.  Computer coding and programming ...

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Bonnet Carre Spillway shut down as river falls below flood stage

By JACK WEATHERLY The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over the weekend completed the shutdown of the Bonnet Carre Spillway north of New Orleans, starting a process that will lead to the return of normal saltwater conditions in the Mississippi Sound. The river at New Orleans fell below flood stage over the weekend. The return to normalcy in the Sound ...

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