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Justices skeptical of pre-clearance provision in Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s conservative justices voiced deep skepticism yesterday about a section of a landmark civil rights law that has helped millions of Americans exercise their right to vote. In an ominous note for supporters of the key provision of the Voting Rights Act, Justice Anthony Kennedy both acknowledged the measure’s vital role in fighting discrimination and suggested ...

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Civil War battlefield bill reintroduced by senators

VICKSBURG — Legislation to authorize the expansion of the Vicksburg National Military Park has been reintroduced by U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). The Champion Hill, Port Gibson and Raymond Battlefield Addition Act (S.305) would authorize the National Park Service (NPS) to acquire approximately 10,000 acres of property deemed significant to the long-term preservation of historic battlefield ...

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Municipal sales tax option legislation dies

JACKSON — Mississippi lawmakers have ignored, and killed, two bills that would have allowed cities to impose a local sales tax. Under the bills that died yesterday, cities could have held elections to see if citizens approved of an additional 1 percent tax for specific capital projects. If at least 60 percent of voters said yes, the tax could have ...

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University unveils plans for $200M, 50,000-seat stadium

JACKSON — David Hoard, Jackson State University’s vice president for institutional advancement, has unveiled the school’s plans for its much-discussed 50,000-seat domed football stadium. The Clarion-Ledger reports Hoard showed renderings of the proposed on-campus stadium that would not only serve as the new home for the Tigers’ football and basketball teams but could potentially bring much more to Jackson. Hoard ...

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Bill blocking access to gun permit info passes Senate

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has advanced a bill that would block information about concealed-carry weapons permits from public records, unless a judge orders the release of such information. House Bill 485 passed yesterday with no debate. The only “no” vote came from Democratic Sen. Derrick Simmons of Greenville, who said the names and addresses of state-issued permit holders should ...

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Abortion clinic preparing for license revocation hearing

JACKSON — Mississippi’s only abortion clinic is scheduled for an April 18 license revocation hearing before the state Department of Health, and officials say a decision could come days or weeks later. The Health Department told the clinic in late January that it intends to take away its license because the facility had failed to fulfill requirements of a 2012 ...

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Mayoral candidate's death could be homicide — town stunned

CLARKSDALE — Whatever his prospects for winning the coming mayoral election in his hometown of Clarksdale, Marco McMillian was considered by many to be a man on the rise. So word spread fast when his SUV was involved in a wreck this week, and he was nowhere to be found. The discovery of the openly gay candidate’s body near a ...

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ABC Merit Award winners 2013

» The University of of Southern Mississippi School of Construction recently completed judging the entries for the Associated Builders and Contractors annual merit awards. Here are some of the awards.

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CARTER: Wicker may someday regret his distortion of Hagel’s speech

Roger Wicker, Mississippi’s junior senator, helped lead Washington Post opinion writer Dana Milbank to this conclusion on the nasty politics that marked Chuck Hagel’s road to confirmation as secretary of defense Tuesday: The confirmation,  “ended as it began — with a smear.” Sen. Thad Cochran, Wicker’s senior Mississippi counterpart, restored some balance by joining three other Republicans in voting for ...

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Norwood wins special election to fill Harden's Senate seat

JACKSON — Former Jackson Public Schools school board member Sollie B. Norwood has defeated former Jackson city councilman Marshand Crisler in a runoff to complete the term of the late state Sen. Sen. Alice Harden. Harden, a Democrat from Jackson, died in December. Complete, but unofficial returns showed Norwood with 54 percent of the vote. He expects to be sworn ...

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