Nissan gives $250K to Mississippi HBCUs

Mississippi’s historically black colleges and universities are getting a boost from one of the state’s largest private employers. Nissan North America announced a $250,000 grant to help support science, technology, engineering and math programs at Alcorn State University, Coahoma Community College, Hinds Community College-Utica Campus, Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Rust College and Tougaloo College. Jeffrey Webster, director of diversity and inclusion at Nissan North America, said in a news release that the company “recognizes that STEM education is critical to developing the next generation of innovators.” Nissan made a similar HBCU donation to Coahoma Community College in 2016, which helped promote STEM studies to 8 to 11-year-olds. The grant also helped pay for equipment, robotics and other materials.

In Jackson airport case, eight lawmakers subpoenaed

Eight members of the Legislature received subpoenas in the yearlong case about control of the Jackson airport. Attorneys for members of the Jackson Municipal Airport authority filed notices on April 6 to serve subpoenas to legislators for documents going back five years related to the authority’s performance in managing the Jackson-Medgar Evers International Airport as well as any information that went into the decision to introduce a bill in 2016 to install a new airport board. In 2016, lawmakers approved legislation that would replace the five-member board of commissioners selected by Jackson officials with a nine-member commission appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor and supervisors in Madison and Rankin counties as well as Jackson officials. The bill prompted a lawsuit from the Rev. Jeffery Stallworth, a Jackson resident and former airport commissioner. The city of Jackson, along with each of the city council members, later joined Stallworth’s suit as plaintiffs in the federal suit.