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NASA Space Flight Awareness Program recognizes Stennis employee Beech

Stennis Space Center employee Mike Beech of Carriere was recognized by NASA’s Space Flight Awareness Program with an Honoree Award for outstanding support of human spaceflight. Beech is a manufacturing engineer for Aerojet Rocketdyne at Stennis. He was honored for his outstanding performance in supporting the development, modification, assembly and testing of the RS-25 engine.

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NASA Space Flight Awareness Program recognizes Stennis employee Mirandy

Stennis Space Center employee Jim Mirandy of Bay St. Louis was recognized by NASA’s Space Flight Awareness Program with an Honoree Award for outstanding support of human spaceflight. Mirandy is a safety engineer with Bastion Technologies at Stennis. He was honored for exemplary support of the Stennis Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate in displaying dedication, knowledge and passion for the ...

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Voting suit challenges Mississippi law on citizenship proof

A new federal lawsuit challenges a Jim Crow-era law in Mississippi that requires naturalized U.S. citizens to show proof of citizenship when they register to vote. The lawsuit was filed Monday by the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance. A Mississippi law enacted in 1924 requires naturalized citizens to show a certificate of naturalization or another similar document that proves citizenship when ...

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Petition drive highlights effort to save Sun-n-Sand motel

  By JACK WEATHERLY The Mississippi Heritage Trust has asked the state Department of Archives and History (DAH) to declare the vacant Sun-n-Sand motel in downtown Jackson a historic landmark to prevent its demolition. The state Department of Finance and Administration (DF&A) bought the property for $1 million early this year and plans to raze the motel, which was shut ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Saving poor children – a government thing, a kingdom thing, or nothing?

Single moms living in poverty and children born into those households didn’t capture much attention in recent statewide elections. Trends suggest paying attention might be very important. This past summer The Phil Hardin Foundation in Meridian brought 10 Millsaps College students into the community to work as interns with various agencies. Assignments varied, but political science major Evan Jones got ...

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Professor: I canceled conservative speaker’s Ole Miss visit

A conservative commentator was able to deliver her lecture at the University of Mississippi, saying “it’s comforting to see that Ole Miss is still a place where free speech is welcome.” Daily Wire contributor Elisha Krauss’ lecture was moved to the student union from the school’s Overby Center for Southern Journalism and Politics to avoid violating the center’s charter, which ...

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Mississippi tax official, ex-employee settle harassment suit

A sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former Mississippi employee against a county tax collector has been settled. The Clarion-Ledger reported Wednesday that the suit against Hinds County Tax Collector Eddie Fair was settled by the county for $100,000 late last month. A county attorney sought to have the lawsuit dismissed and a federal judge approved the request after both sides agreed ...

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Flags lowered after death of ex Mississippi House speaker

Gov. Phil Bryant has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff to honor former Mississippi House Speaker Billy McCoy. The Democrat from Prentiss County died Tuesday at age 77. McCoy served in the House from January 1980 to January 2012. He was instrumental in passing a 1987 highway construction program and in overhauling Mississippi’s school funding formula a decade later. ...

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Former Mississippi House Speaker Billy McCoy dies at 77

Former Mississippi House Speaker Billy McCoy, an advocate for public education and economic opportunities for the less fortunate, died Tuesday after an extended illness. He was 77. Rep. Steve Holland of Plantersville said McCoy died at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo, where he had been hospitalized for about two weeks. Holland’s funeral home is handling arrangements for the funeral, ...

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Watson: Mississippi should change multipart election system

Mississippi’s incoming secretary of state says he will work to change a Jim Crow-era election system that requires multiple steps for statewide races. “I’m definitely supportive of moving away from the current system,” Republican Michael Watson told the Clarion Ledger on Tuesday. Mississippi’s 1890 constitution requires a statewide candidate to win a majority of both the popular vote and the 122 state ...

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