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Drone Sweet Drone: State hopes to be unmanned aircraft testing site

Mississippi is among 37 states vying to be one of six sites selected by the Federal Aviation Administration for testing of Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The testing is a prelude to integrating the remotely controlled aircraft into the nation’s general aviation system. If testing proves successful, the next step will be wide commercial use of the unmanned aircraft. The Mississippi Development ...

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2014 to bring new push for required financial literacy instruction

There’s always next year, says Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch of her campaign to require financial literacy training in the state’s public schools. The effort gained easy passage in the House but failed to get a vote in the Senate, a circumstance she thinks could be related to a misconception that financial literacy is already widely taught in Mississippi schools. “Sen. ...

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MEC’s annual meeting to put focus on car making, defense contracting

Updates on two of Mississippi’s main economic drivers – car manufacturing and defense contracting – will highlight the Mississippi Economic Council’s annual meeting Thursday in a gathering at the Jackson Convention Complex. The event’s luncheon includes remarks from Gov. Phil Bryant and Maj. Gen. Augustus Collins, commander of the state’s National Guard and Air Guard. More than 2,000 seats have ...

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Views differ on how friendly skies will be without air control towers

The head of the Mississippi Airports Association insists the federal budget cutting responsible for closing air control towers at five of Mississippi’s regional airports won’t jeopardize flight safety. On the other hand, the Federal Aviation Administration concluded in a 1990 study that the risk of a mid-air collision is three times greater around airports without control towers than around those ...

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Economic Challenge, Financial Literacy contests highlight April as Financial Literacy Month

  The Mississippi Council on Economic Education will observe April as Financial Literacy Month by bringing together high school students from across the state for the state Economics Challenge on Tuesday and the state Financial Literacy Challenge on Tuesday, April 23. Both Challenges will be at Millsaps College in the Leggette Center starting at 10 am and ending at 1 ...

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Groups demand end to Obama’s administration “Too Big to Jail” doctrine on bank execs

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s early March concession that the banking executives who contributed to the nation’s banking collapse are “to big to jail” has brought protests from around the country. Holder, in March 6 testimony to the Senate Banking Committee, said going after leaders of the big banks for illegal activity related to the banking crisis of the last ...

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