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DAVID DALLAS — Our flag and states’ rights at the Neshoba Country Fair

Ronald Reagan spoke at the Neshoba County Fair in 1980 as he was running for his first term of President of the United States.

In the final months of his first successful presidential campaign, Ronald Reagan gave his most enduring speech right here in Mississippi at the Neshoba County Fair. More important even than his famous “Tear down this wall” speech. According to Republicans like Condoleezza Rice and George Shutlz, the better known “wall” speech was pure rhetoric that did little to end the ...

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Miss health officials: 3rd West Nile virus case of 2015

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JACKSON — The Mississippi State Department of Health says a Simpson County resident has the state’s third confirmed case of West Nile virus this year. Laboratories previously confirmed cases in Adams and Hinds counties. Last year, 43 people in Mississippi came down with the virus, and seven of them died. State Epidemiologist Dr. Thomas Dobbs said in Monday’s news release ...

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Man shot to death awaiting court appearance in Mississippi

Investigators search for a shell casing along the perimeter of a pedestrian plaza outside the Madison County Courthouse in Canton, Miss.,  after a shooting on Monday, Aug. 3, 2015. A man fatally shot a defendant waiting in a small courtyard outside the county courthouse. A suspect is in custody, law enforcement officials said. (Joe Ellis /The Clarion-Ledger via AP)

CANTON — A man got out of his pickup, walked up to the defendant in a drug-dealing case and fatally shot him in the chest, then set down his gun and surrendered as deputies confronted him outside a Mississippi courthouse Monday morning, law enforcement officials said. Police and other officials said they weren’t sure why the suspect — 24-year-old William B. ...

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Shrimp season interruption, low prices make tough year

Low prices and an unusual season are making it difficult for Mississippi fishermen to harvest the state’s shrimp crop. (Photo by MSU Extension/Dave Burrage)

BILOXI — Mississippi fishermen remain intent on harvesting this year’s shrimp crop in the shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico despite low prices and a season paused and restarted. Dave Burrage, Mississippi State University Extension professor of marine resources at the Coastal Research and Extension Center in Biloxi, said the shrimp season first opened June 3, closed June 19 when shrimp ...

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Pickering and Butler vie for GOP nomination for auditor

In this Wednesday, July 29, 2015 photograph, Mary Hawkins Butler, a nine-term mayor of Madison, who is also a Republican candidate for Mississippi auditor, speaks at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss. Butler sharply criticized second-term state Auditor Stacey Pickering on his use of campaign money to pay for travel, vehicles and a garage door. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON — Stacey Pickering says he’s as aggressive a state auditor as Mississippi has ever had. His challenger in Tuesday’s Republican primary, Mary Hawkins Butler, says that’s not enough. Pickering is touting his record as he seeks a third term in the office that oversees the finances of state and local government. The winner of Tuesday’s primary will face Democrat ...

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Fitch tries to hold off GOP primary challenge from McRae

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JACKSON — First-term Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch is trying to fend off a Republican primary challenge from a fellow attorney who used to work in the Unclaimed Property division of her office. David McRae accuses Fitch of wasting taxpayers’ money on office decor and of mismanaging a state-sponsored college savings plan. Making his first run for public office, McRae has ...

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Analysis: Sprawling Google litigation keeps testing Jim Hood

Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood asks for voter support from the audience at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The fair is a traditional gathering place for politicians, area residents, business leaders, voters and families. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

  JACKSON — Attorney General Jim Hood professes pride in the number of large corporations that he’s gone after as Mississippi’s chief legal officer. But the sprawling Google litigation he’s involved in continues to spawn embarrassing incidents. Questions about Hood’s role are spilling over into his re-election race for attorney general against Republican Mike Hurst. It didn’t help that Google ...

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2 Republicans, 3 Dems seek nominations for Miss. governor

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JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant appears confident of winning his party’s nomination for re-election Tuesday. The Republican is already talking about pushing for tax cuts during a second term, and he’s paying little attention to anyone else running for governor. While opponents say Bryant has failed to pull Mississippi out of persistent poverty, he points to the state’s decreasing ...

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GOP hopeful Ted Cruz to visit Tupelo, Olive Branch Aug. 11

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OLIVE BRANCH — Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz will visit two north Mississippi cities this month. The Commercial Appeal reports that the junior senator from Texas has stops scheduled Aug. 11 at restaurants in Tupelo and Olive Branch. The conservative Republican will be at Connie’s Fried Chicken in Tupelo at 9 a.m. and at Sweet Pea’s Table in Olive Branch ...

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