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With ruling, Hosemann says voter ID could start in 2014

JACKSON — Mississippi voters could have to start showing photo identification at the polls by mid-2014. That’s according to Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. He spoke today after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that certain state and local governments no longer need federal approval to change election laws. Preclearance was required by the 1965 Voting Rights Act, in areas with ...

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Supreme Court: Key provision of Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress comes up with an up-to-date formula for deciding which states and localities still need federal monitoring. The justices said in 5-4 vote that the law Congress most recently renewed in 2006 relies on 40-year-old data that does not reflect racial progress and changes in U.S. ...

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Civil rights group rallies against bill to arm teachers

JACKSON — Civil rights groups said yesterday that a bill that would provide funding for officers to police schools or arm teachers would ultimately make Mississippi schools more dangerous. Several groups and lawmakers gathered yesterday on the steps of the Mississippi Department of Education building to protest the bill. They included representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union of Mississippi, ...

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City asks court to toss redistricting lawsuit

HATTIESBURG — The city of Hattiesburg is asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit by a group that says the city’s redistricting plan dilutes black voting strength. The U.S. District Court lawsuit asks for a court injunction against the use of the plan in municipal elections. The city’s response denies that allegation, saying that the city admits a history ...

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Hosemann to Justice: People have spoken on voter ID

JACKSON — In response to the Department of Justice’s request for more information about the new state voter identification law, Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says the people of Mississippi have already spoken to whether the law is discriminatory or not. In a statement, Hosemann said: “The Department of Justice has requested information from the Attorney General as to whether ...

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Courthouse noted for historic civil rights trials to close

MERIDIAN — The federal judiciary says it will close the courthouse in Meridian where trials were held for Ku Klux Klansmen on charges in the 1964 deaths of three civil rights workers and where James H. Meredith filed his lawsuit in 1961 to integrate the University of Mississippi. The Meridian building is among six courthouses in the South to be ...

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Myrlie Evers returns to Alcorn State

Myrlie Evers has returned to Alcorn State University as a distinguished scholar-in-residence. Widely known for her work on civil rights and racial justice throughout the United States and the world, Evers will spend her time at Alcorn engaged in offering seminars in the Department of Social Sciences, preparing her archival papers for library deposit and developing a research center focused ...

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Navy's USNS Medgar Evers christened in California

SAN  DIEGO — General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, has christened the U.S. Navy’s newest supply ship, USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13). Named in honor of the African American civil rights leader from Mississippi, the USNS Medgar Evers is the 13th ship of a class of 14 dry cargo/ammunition ships designed and built by NASSCO. More ...

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Renaming airport could cost up to $150K

JACKSON — What is a name worth? Possibly $100,000 to $150,000. That is how much it is expected to cost the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority to replace signage and other materials in changing the name of the Jackson-Evers International Airport to the Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport. The Jackson City Council this month approved the renaming, which backers say ...

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Officials vote to change airport name again

JACKSON — The Jackson City Council has voted to rename the city’s airport for the second time in seven years. This time, the favored name Jackson Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport was picked to replace Jackson-Evers International Airport to make it clear the airport is named in honor of the slain civil rights leader. The Clarion-Ledger reports Councilman Charles Tillman ...

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