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BILL JACOBS — Proposed tariffs will impact each and every community in Mississippi

Mississippi’s old-line newspaper publishers most definitely would be distraught of today’s media world as pointed out in Mac Gordon’s recent guest column (Sunday, June 17) in the Clarion Ledger. They would be further distraught about proposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint that may be disastrous for newspapers across Mississippi — especially the local community ones located in small towns across the ...

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Judge dismisses suit over Mississippi city flying state flag

A federal judge is dismissing a lawsuit that sought to block a Mississippi Gulf Coast city from flying the state flag that features the Confederate battle emblem. U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. ruled Tuesday that the plaintiffs suing Ocean Springs didn’t have standing to bring the lawsuit. Guirola says the plaintiffs haven’t proved they suffered unequal treatment by the ...

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Historic Emmett Till marker in Mississippi to be rededicated

A historic marker describing the lynching of Emmett Till is being rededicated. The Greenwood Commonwealth reports that speakers will include Till’s cousin Wheeler Parker, now 79. Parker was an eyewitness to Till’s 1955 abduction. The sign defaced last year stands near the spot where the 14-year-old was accused of whistling at a white shopkeeper, whose husband and another man allegedly beat and mutilated ...

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Governor tabs prosecutor in Mississippi congressional runoff

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is endorsing a prosecutor in a Republican congressional runoff. Michael Guest of Brandon, who won 45 percent of the vote in a six-person field on June 6, announced Bryant’s endorsement Wednesday. The 48-year-old district attorney for Rankin and Madison counties faces Madison Republican Whit Hughes in a runoff Tuesday. Hughes won 22 percent of the vote. ...

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Soybeans in slow-motion fall as tariff war with China heats up

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi farmers can do nothing but wait and see how the futures market plays out as China’s threat to place a 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans on July 6 approaches. It’s been like watching a pickup plunge off a bridge in slow motion for the farmers. Since May 25, a contract for November delivery of soybeans ...

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BEN WILLIAMS — Slam dunk beach read from the U.S. Supreme Court

Just in time for that summer trip, the U.S. Supreme Court has released a jackpot beach read: Murphy v NCAA. Justice Samuel Alito – a wannabe baseball commissioner who once suited up at a Phillies Phantasy Camp – lays the cards on the table and upends the long-time federal ban on sports betting. This 49-page page-turner has it all –sports, ...

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TOMMY SHEPHERD — What has to happen before the first sports wager in Mississippi?

While many media outlets have reported that Mississippi is one of a handful of states on the forefront of preparing for legal sports betting after the Supreme Court declared the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) unconstitutional, there is a great deal that must happen before a Mississippi casino may accept legal sports wagers. First, the Mississippi Gaming Commission must adopt implementing regulations. ...

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ANALYSIS: Guest, Hughes embrace Trump in runoff election

Two candidates in a Republican primary runoff for a congressional race in central Mississippi agree on many big issues, including their overall support for President Donald Trump. Michael Guest and Whit Hughes are both cautious in any criticism of the man in the White House. “His use of social media would be something I would disagree with the president on. ...

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Bryant names retired colonel as emergency management chief

Gov. Phil Bryant is naming another retired military leader to run Mississippi’s Emergency Management Agency. The Republican Bryant on Monday said he was appointing Gregory Michel as the agency’s director. Michel was the commander of Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg from 2015 to 2017. He retired from the Mississippi Army National Guard as a colonel, having joined the guard as a ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Other states’ Republican leaders stand up to Trump tariffs

Trump tariffs and retaliatory tariffs are no big deal for Mississippi say key Republican leaders. “Everything will work out,” is their mantra.   Meanwhile, Trump tariffs kicked in June 1st on steel (25%) and aluminum (10%) imports from the European Union, Canada, and Mexico. Mexico imposed retaliatory tariffs on June 5th, Canada will on July 1st, and the EU will later ...

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