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BOBBY HARRISON: Mississippi’s funds shortfall probably won’t get Obama’s help this time

In 2009-2011 when Mississippi revenue collections were hitting unprecedented lows, new President Barack Obama came to the rescue of Mississippi and  Gov. Haley Barbour, Lt. Gov. Phil Byrant, House Speaker Billy McCoy and the rest of the state’s political leadership. The budgets passed by the Legislature and signed by the Republican Barbour during those years relied on a total of ...

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HU MEENA — Spanning the spectrum and influence of sports technology: from athletes to fans

There was a time when football didn’t require much more than a haphazardly cleared cow pasture and a spheroid pigskin. “Sports rehab” was a taped-on aspirin and a spoonful of mustard applied to the location of the pain. But modern day sports have evolved. And just like in other areas we’ve explored —research, health care and education— athletics have intersected ...

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SUMESH ARORA: 0 to 60 in 54 hours!

The time it takes for a vehicle at rest to achieve a velocity of 60 miles per her is a commonly used performance measure in the automotive world. Given that today’s high performance cars can achieve this acceleration in less than four seconds, you may be thinking that I am talking about a new electric buggy that runs on AA ...

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Feds unlikely to ignore Mississippi’s HB1523, lawyers say

Mississippi’s ‘Freedom of Conscience’ law needs time to ripen, they say U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch early this month unloaded on North Carolina’s “transgender bathroom law” with a seldom-seen passion and a lawsuit to boot. She compared North Carolina’s reaction to the legal and political gains of gays, lesbians and transgender people to the anger that followed President Lincoln’s Emancipation ...

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Jackson Evers gets mixed news on bond ratings

  By TED CARTER The debt rating for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority got a “negative” outlook from Moody’s Investment Services last week but avoided a downgrade from Fitch Ratings Service. The plus for the Airport Authority’s debt of approximately $39 million is a BBB+ maintained by Fitch. That rating came with a downgrade from A- in spring 2014 on ...

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Report takes processors to task, but Sanderson Farms denies worker abuse

By JACK WEATHERLY  Four major poultry processing companies don’t give line workers time for restroom breaks – forcing some to wear diapers if they have to wait too long or are denied a break, according to a report from Oxfam America. Those companies – Laurel-based Sanderson Farms, Tyson Foods, Perdue Farms and Pilgrim’s Pride – force their workers to endure ...

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Alaska corporation buys Selex facility in Hancock County

By LISA MONTI  Tyonek Services Group Inc. announced May 10 the acquisition of Selex Galileo’s avionics system integration facility at Stennis International Airport in Hancock County for an undisclosed amount. The company said Tyonek Services Overhaul Facility – Stennis will install state-of-the-art technology into aircraft and is expected to create at least 26 jobs over the next two years. Selex ...

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MDA denies developer more time, other considerations on Renaissance

By JACK WEATHERLY As reported earlier, the Mississippi Development Authority gave developer Andrew Mattiace four more years to build the $96.7 million expansion of the Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland. But the developers subsequently asked for more time and other considerations. Refusal to grant the four-year extension would have posed a major obstacle to the expansion, which already had ...

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