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RUSS LATINO: Freedom isn’t ‘frightening’

“Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.”  — Eleanor Roosevelt   In a recent column—ominously headlined “Koch thought machine will influence Mississippi elections”—Bill Crawford takes aim at Charles and David Koch. The premise of the article is not new.  Like so many others who have tread this path before him, Crawford leans heavily on inaccuracies and ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Electing champions for military assets important to mississippi

“The defense authorization act is one of the most consequential bills that Congress considers each year,” wrote Sen. Roger Wicker in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal. “I championed several provisions in this year’s bill to advance our defense strategy and support the role that Mississippi plays in our national defense.”   Mississippi bases, guard and reserve units, and defense industries ...

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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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UPDATE: Soybean prices fall as Chinese tariff approaches

By JACK WEATHERLY Mississippi farmers are waiting to 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 appears to be like watching a pickup plunge off a bridge in slow motion for the farmers. Since May 25, a contract for November delivery of soybeans is ...

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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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