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Republicans assigned to most top jobs in Mississippi House

Republicans will continue to hold most leadership positions during this four-year term in the Mississippi House, where the party has more than 60% of the seats. House Speaker Philip Gunn, a Republican from Clinton, announced most committee assignments for the 122 representatives Thursday — the end of the third week of the four-month legislative session. He had previously announced leaders ...

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NASA Artemis Program and Stennis Space Center set the stage for testing in 2020

All eyes are on south Mississippi with this month’s delivery and installation of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket’s first core stage to Stennis Space Center for a milestone Green Run test series prior to its Artemis I flight. The Green Run testing will be the first top-to-bottom integrated testing of the stage’s systems prior to its maiden flight. The testing will ...

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Medical ‘pot’ advocacy groups cite big upsides in Mississippi plan

By TED CARTER The wide-open nature of Medical Marijuana Campaign 2020’s model for a Mississippi medical marijuana sector gets a wrap-around hug from cannabis advocacy organizations and business groups. “We like so far what we see out of Mississippi,” said Erik Altieri, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML. That affection comes from ...

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Medical cannabis could be opportunity for bankers – but a risky one

By TED CARTER Mississippi bankers can gain rewards in a medical marijuana market but risk a possible shift in U.S. Treasury Department policy that could harm their institutions. Any jeopardy posed by the 1970 Controlled Substance Act aside, the chief executive of leading U.S. legal cannabis payments provider CanPay expects at least one or more Mississippi community banks or credit ...

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Hodges set to scale the Parkinson mountain

» Climb will take on Mt. Everest to help raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease “Good things are done when men and mountains meet.” –  poet William Blake By NASH NUNNERY Adam Hodges has been scaling the world’s most iconic mountains for over 20 years. From Mt. Rainer (his first) in Washington state to Mt. Elbrus, Europe’s tallest peak, to Aconcagua, ...

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$100M Madison project may be opportunity for local builders

By JACK WEATHERLY The recently announced 17-acre project in the center of the city of Madison calls for a minimum of $100 million private component and a public component of unknown cost. The mixed-use project, of course, will enhance the tax base for the city, but it also may be an opportunity for local builders to benefit in the meantime. ...

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Moore wants to make positive impact

By NASH NUNNERY Tonya Moore embraces the KIS (not KISS) method in her life. “I like to ‘keep it simple’ but without the second ‘S’ (for stupid) in KISS,” she said, smiling. “I’m not a complicated person.” The current president of the Mississippi Nurses Association, Moore also serves as executive director of leadership and workforce development with the University of ...

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Banking Commissioner Corley will retire after three decades

By BECKY GILLETTE Banking Commissioner Charlotte Corley, Mississippi Department of Banking and Consumer Finance (DBCF), has seen many changes in banking over the past 34 years. At the end of January, she will be retiring and handing the reins to Deputy Commissioner Rhoshunda Kelly. Corley grew up in Gulfport where her father worked for Hancock Bank. In high school, she ...

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Keesler commitment has credit union on the rise

By LYNN LOFTON Keesler Federal Credit Union is on the rise with 228,000 members and branches in the states of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana and in the United Kingdom. President and CEO Andy Swoger attributes this growth to the commitment of team members who’ve had a tremendous impact and success over the years.  “Our internal tagline at Keesler Federal is ...

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Closure of rural bank branches a concern, but Mississippi has factors that ameliorate that trend

By BECKY GILLETTE The Federal Reserve Board recently produced a report showing that half of the U.S. counties studied lost bank branches between 2012 and 2017, “with some predominantly rural counties experiencing considerable declines. The deeply affected rural counties tended to be less economically well off and have residents with lower levels of education. They also had a greater proportion ...

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