Metro Denver voters will fill seven seats on the Regional Transportation District’s board in the Nov. 3 election — likely thrusting a mix of new and returning officials into arguably the least enviable positions in local government these days.

They will join a 15-member Board of Directors that is guiding the transit agency through its biggest crisis in decades, as the coronavirus pandemic has sent ridership plunging and blown sizable holes in its budget. The triage likely will continue well into the next term, even as board members and RTD officials, including incoming CEO and General Manager Debra Johnson, hope to map out new strategies to grow ridership. They also will need to weigh equity challenges and reckon with RTD’s unfulfilled rail promises in some parts of the district.

All the while, the agency is facing intense scrutiny from state officials, community leaders and an outside advisory committee that’s undertaking

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on Saturday successfully launched the S.S. Kalpana Chawla Cygnus into space for its resupply mission.

The Northrop Grumman Resupply Mission is headed for the ISS and is set to rendezvous with the space station on October 5.

“Launch success! We have confirmed that the solar arrays are fully deployed on the S.S. Kalpana Chawla #Cygnus. Next stop @Space_Station!” Northrop Grumman tweeted from its official account.

“Cygnus is set to rendezvous with the @Space_Station on Oct. 5, with live coverage on @NASA TV beginning at 3:45 a.m. EDT,” it added.

The spacecraft used for the mission has been named in honour of the first female astronaut of Indian descent, Kalpana Chawla.

As a tradition, Northrop Grumman names each Cygnus after an individual “who has played a pivotal role in human spaceflight.”

“Chawla was selected in honour of her prominent place in history as the

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Mission Produce debuted on the Nasdaq under the ticker “AVO.”

The avocado company opened at $12.25 per share, above its $12 pricing. That Wednesday pricing was below the target range of $15 to $17 per share the company had originally sought.

CEO Steve Barnard joined TheStreet to discuss why now was the right time to go public, whether they would consider offering more than just avocados (hint: mangos might be a consideration down the line) and sustainability. 

The company also downsized the offering to 8 million shares from its previous 9.375 million share plan.

6.25 million of those 8 million shares are being offered by the company with the remaining 1.75 million shares being offered by certain shareholders.

Underwriters JPMorgan, Bank of America and Citigroup have a 30-day option to purchase 1.2 million shares at the price of $12 per share. 

Mission may be debuting publicly, but the company is

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On Wednesday night, avocado producer Mission Produce (AVO) priced its IPO at $12/share. Unless something unexpected happens, Mission’s stock is set to begin trading Thursday.

Coming hot on the heels of Vital Farms (VITL), a high-end ethical eggs play, we now have an avocado IPO. If you have a specialty farm product, now is the time to get it listed. I’m counting on Wall Street to give us passion fruit SPACs and mango mergers before this current market phase ends.

In any case, what’s Mission Produce, and is it worth your investment dollars?

Source: Prospectus

This is indeed the purest of pure-play avocado IPOs. The company grows and distributes avocados around the world. It has growing operations in California and Mexico, as you’d expect. However, it’s branched out into less well-known avocado areas such as Colombia, Peru, and South Africa. While Mexico and Southern California have dominated avocado production historically,

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According to U.S. Department of Agriculture data provided by Mission Produce Inc., avocado consumption has grown from 1.1 billion pounds in 2008 to 2.6 billion pounds in 2018.

Meanwhile, the average retail price of Hass avocados, the
dominant avocado on the market, reached $2.57 per pound in 2019, up 6% from
2018.

Mission Produce Inc.
AVO,

is rooted in this growing industry, with packing facilities in the U.S., Mexico and Peru; 11 distribution and ripening centers across the U.S., Canada, China and the Netherlands; and three sales offices in the U.S., China and the Netherlands.

The company is planning to open a new distribution and
ripening center in Texas, which will be key for avocados coming into the U.S.
from Mexico.

The company also owns more than 10,000 acres of land in Peru.

Read: Pactiv Evergreen begins trading below IPO price and sinks further

Founded in 1983, the California-based business

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — NASA will highlight the first crew rotational flight of a U.S. commercial spacecraft with astronauts to the International Space Station with a trio of news conferences beginning 11 a.m. EDT Tuesday, Sept. 29. The briefings, which will take place at the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website. The full astronaut crew flying on the mission also will be available for interviews.

NASA’s SpaceX Crew-1 flight mission, scheduled to launch no earlier than Oct. 23, will carry astronauts Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Shannon Walker of NASA and Soichi Noguchi of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to the space station from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

All media participation in these news conferences and interviews will be remote; no media will be

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Rachel Rodgers started her career as a lawyer working long hours with little work life balance, but then she decided to make a change and became an entrepreneur.

Now this changemaker is in the business of helping other women learn how to hit seven figures with their companies, without having to chose between family and business.

Just a few years ago, Rodgers was an intellectual property attorney running a small law firm, clocking in long hours with no work-life balance. Then she decided to make a change and use her law experience to build a business.

Now she’s a multi-millionaire and CEO of Hello Seven, working as a business coach helping other female entrepreneurs, especially women of color, figure out how to become millionaires too. Women-owned businesses account for more than 40 percent of all businesses in the U.S.

Rodgers motto is “Work Hard Once.”

“It`s all about women

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Ball Aerospace is the primary contractor for NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission

BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Ball Aerospace has successfully completed on-orbit testing of NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM), which included ASCENT, a non-toxic, high-performance propellant developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), on board a Ball-built small satellite.

Ball Aerospace is the primary contractor for NASA’s Green Propellant Infusion Mission (GPIM). GPIM is part of NASA’s Technology Demonstration Missions program within the Space Technology Mission Directorate.

GPIM launched on June 25, 2019 at 2:30 a.m. EDT on board a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket and was commissioned in early July of the same year. 

“The successful completion of this mission advances in-space propulsion for the entire user community, which opens up the possibility for a variety of missions,” said Dr. Makenzie Lystrup, vice president and general manager, Civil Space, Ball Aerospace. “GPIM

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Highlighting key agricultural reforms, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said farm trade has been freed up from all restrictions, enabling farmers to sell their produce anywhere in the country.

By drawing parallels with soap or cloth manufacturers who were able to sell their products anywhere at will, Modi said even after over seven decades of Independence, farmers did not enjoy the freedom to trade their commodities beyond local mandis.

In his seventh straight Independence Day address from the ramparts of the Red Fort here, the prime minister said that making farmers self-reliant has been a cornerstone of the Aatmanirbhar Bharat campaign and is also proving to be a value addition to cater to the needs of the global market.

As part of the relief package to deal with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government promulgated two ordinances allowing farmers to sell their produce outside mandis and enter

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