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Analysis: State symbols don’t have to go on the ballot

Defenders of the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag have a ready-made argument that was handed to them nearly a generation ago by lawmakers who didn’t want to deal with the politically volatile issue of redesigning the banner. It goes like this: The people of Mississippi voted to keep the flag in a statewide election in 2001, and politicians ...

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Retailers, tech, health care companies lead US stocks higher

U.S. stocks are rising Wednesday as retailers including Urban Outfitters and Target climb. That’s helping retailers recover some of the sharp losses they took a day earlier. Health care and technology companies are also trading higher. Energy companies are lagging the rest of the market as the price of oil turns lower. KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor’s 500 index ...

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No special session to take Confederate symbol off Mississippi flag

A spokesman says Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant won’t call legislators back to the Capitol to consider removing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag. The Legislative Black Caucus says Bryant should set a special session because white supremacists marched with the battle flag last weekend in Virginia. Mississippi has the last state flag featuring the Confederate battle emblem — ...

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Mississippi again moves to rejigger school rating system

A year after a bruising debate over how Mississippi’s schools should be rated, education officials are revisiting their decisions. State Department of Education officials said Tuesday that technical flaws in the system approved last year must be fixed, or else results will falsely show that Mississippi has fewer high-performing school districts than last year. But the plan would push up ...

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Shipyard repays $9.2M to US government to settle overbilling

One of the nation’s largest military shipyards is paying $9.2 million back to the federal government after a former employee alleged the Mississippi shipbuilder falsified records to maximize contracting bonuses. The U.S. Justice Department announced the settlement Tuesday with Huntington Ingalls Industries. The Newport News, Virginia, company operates the 11,000-employee Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula. Spokeswoman Beci Brenton said Huntington Ingalls ...

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Mississippi officials condemn white nationalist violence

Some Mississippi officials are denouncing white nationalist violence that killed one person and injured several others during the weekend in Virginia. “Those who practice the extremist ideals of neo-Nazism or white supremacy have no place in Mississippi. I condemn these groups in the strongest possible terms,” Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said Monday on Facebook. “I have been in communication with ...

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US stocks jump as tensions with North Korea appear to ease

Stocks are rallying Monday as the tensions between the U.S. and North Korea that flared last week appeared to ease. Technology companies and banks are making some of the largest gains as stocks bounce back from their losses with some of the biggest gains the market has seen this year. All 11 industrial groups in the Standard & Poor’s 500 ...

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Analysis: Financial questions for 2 of 3 charter finalists

  Decision time is drawing near for Mississippi’s Charter School Advisory Board. While a proposed school in Clarksdale has an impressive list of supporters, those who want to open schools in Canton and Drew may face questions. The board decides once a year on new applications to open the alternative form of public schools, which are run by private nonprofits. ...

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US stock indexes edge higher in afternoon trading

Technology companies led U.S. stocks slightly higher in afternoon trading Friday, recouping some of the losses from the day before. Investors welcomed new data showing U.S. inflation at the consumer level inched higher last month, suggesting that the Federal Reserve may be less likely to raise interest rates next month. That weighed on bank shares, which were down the most. ...

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Coal mine layoffs latest fallout at Kemper power plant

DEKALB, Miss. — The company that supplies lignite coal to Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County power plant says it will lay off 75 workers at the mine. It’s the latest fallout from the suspending the part of the plant that was supposed to gasify coal and remove pollutants. Mississippi Power has said it could lay off 250 workers at the plant. ...

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