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Mississippi anglers get 1 more weekend to catch red snapper

Mississippi fishermen will get one more weekend to catch red snapper. The state Department of Marine Resources said Monday it will reopen the recreational fishing season for the prized catch at 12:01 a.m. Friday. The agency will close it again at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. The department says catch data from Mississippi’s season that closed in August shows anglers can fish ...

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Mayor: Catch ‘culprits’ who hoist Confederate-themed flag

The mayor of a majority-black Mississippi town says he wants to know who keeps hoisting the state flag that includes the Confederate battle emblem. Officials in Magnolia removed the Mississippi flag from public display in July 2015, weeks after a white gunman killed black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina. Critics say the flag represents slavery, segregation and ...

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Group asks Arkansas court to strike casinos ballot measure

A group asked Arkansas’ highest court on Monday to disqualify a ballot measure that would legalize four casinos in the state, claiming the proposal’s wording is ambiguous and misleading to voters. The group, Ensuring Arkansas’ Future, asked the state Supreme Court to not cast any votes on the proposed constitutional amendment that election officials approved last week for the November ...

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Mississippi: Ohio firm must pay $235,000 in failed expansion

Mississippi’s state auditor is demanding that an Ohio business pay nearly $235,000 over a failed business expansion. State Auditor Shad White says John Cullen must repay a $174,000 grant, plus $60,000 interest, to Mississippi or face a lawsuit. Cullen is CEO of Payliance Inc. of Columbus, Ohio. In 2010, he agreed to accept up to $400,000 in grant money from ...

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JCJC no more: Call me Jones, says Mississippi 2-year-college

The last educational institution in Mississippi that called itself a junior college is rebranding. What had been Jones County Junior College will now call itself Jones College, although its official and legal name won’t change. All the other two-year colleges in Mississippi that had called themselves junior colleges have officially changed their names to community colleges. Jones, however, long held ...

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Mississippi reaches 31 West Nile virus cases so far in 2018

A central Mississippi county is reporting its first case of West Nile virus, bringing the state’s total to 31 cases so far this year. The Mississippi State Department of Health says Monday that the new case is in Attala County. Mississippi has among the highest numbers of serious West Nile infections nationwide. Hinds County has reported 11 total cases. Adams, ...

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Clinton voters to decide $25M in borrowing for schools

Voters in one central Mississippi school district go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether the district will borrow $25 million. Residents of the Clinton school district are being asked to approve borrowing that would finance a new career complex at Clinton High School. The funds would also help renovate the current complex at Clinton Junior High School and expand ...

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Eudora Welty gets first marker on Mississippi writers trail

Mississippi has markers noting a blues trail, a country music trail, a civil rights trail and even an Indian mound trail. Now, with the dedication of a marker to author Eudora Welty, the state is starting a writer’s trail. Gov Phil Bryant and National Endowments for the Humanities Chairman Jon Parrish Peede dedicated the first marker Monday at Welty’s Jackson ...

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Credit rater takes brighter view of Mississippi finances

One of the nation’s three main credit rating agencies is feeling a little more confident about Mississippi’s financial picture. Standard & Poor’s Financial Services on Friday removed its negative outlook on Mississippi’s debt, instead raising the outlook to stable. Mississippi remains rated AA by Standard & Poor’s. Credit ratings can influence how much the state has to pay in interest ...

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ROSS REILY: On Sept. 11, it’s the silence I remember

ROSS REILY It’s still hard to watch. In fact, most times I will turn my head or focus on something else when the images come on the screen. It was 17 years ago that my wife and I stood on the streets of New York and watched, in stunned silence, as the towers of the World Trade Center fell to ...

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