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Analysis: Book shows angles of Miss. civil rights resistance

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  When James Meredith challenged Mississippi’s entrenched system of white supremacy in 1962, Gov. Ross Barnett had a plan to stop the black military veteran from integrating the state’s flagship university. Days before Meredith was set to enroll, under a hard-won federal court order, as the first black student at the University of Mississippi, Barnett called legislators into special session ...

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State pension fund recovery stalled by accounting changes

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It had looked like Mississippi’s main public employee pension fund had turned the corner in 2014, but changes in financial projections left the Public Employees Retirement System losing ground again in the year ended June 30, 2015. Actuaries reported in October that the PERS funding percentage — the share of future obligations covered by current assets — ticked down to ...

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Analysis: LGBT group faces Miss. political hurdles

A national civil rights group called Human Rights Campaign faces significant challenges as it tries to make Mississippi’s legal climate more open for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents. HRC recently announced that it will spend $8.5 million for its “Project One America” in Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas, which currently have no laws to prohibit people from being fired from ...

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University, Institute to partner on study of Gulf's health

GULF OF MEXICO — The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will work together to study the health of the Gulf of Mexico. The Sun Herald reports representatives from each group announced a formal partnership to research protected, threatened and endangered species in the Gulf, especially after recent hurricanes and the BP oil ...

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Analysis: Nearly all tar balls in Alabama from BP spill

GULF COAST — A new chemical analysis shows that virtually all the tar balls now washing on to the Alabama coast are directly linked to the BP oil spill more than two years ago. The report by Auburn University says that tar balls caused by the spill are hundreds to thousands of times more common than another type of asphalt-like ...

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Metro Jackson well-repped in key political positions

The governor’s office and both chambers of the Mississippi Legislature will have entirely new leadership when the 2012 session starts at noon Jan. 3. And each of the new faces has roots in the Jackson Metro area. Gov.-elect Phil Bryant and Lt. Gov.-elect Tate Reeves are from Rankin County. Rep. Phillip Gunn, a Republican whose district includes portions of Clinton ...

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Making it hard on the little guys

Remember when your big brothers acted up in the backseat on a long car trip and your aggravated dad reached back and gave innocent you the back of his hand? That’s the kind of pointless persecution a lot of U.S. bankers are feeling at the moment, says Peter E. Garuccio, a lawyer and vice president of public relations for the ...

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Numbers don’t lie: Beau had a lot to lose with Brown incident

The executive director of the Mississippi Department of Transportation will return to the Beau Rivage in late October. Butch Brown is probably hoping for a calmer stay than his last one. Brown, 67, was arrested in the early morning of July 23 at the Biloxi resort and charged with public intoxication and disorderly conduct. The details in the police report ...

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