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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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MDA unveils new Mississippi Freedom Trail

JACKSON — The Mississippi Development Authority’s Tourism Division has announced the creation of the Mississippi Freedom Trail, a major cultural initiative designed to commemorate the state’s Civil Rights heritage. The trail will offer a virtual tour of the state and those sites that played a pivotal role in the Civil Rights Movement. Gov. Haley Barbour said. “The trail will complement ...

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Barbour calling special session over museums

JACKSON — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he’ll call a special session within the regular legislative next week so the House and Senate can quickly consider funding for a civil rights museum and a comprehensive state history museum. The two projects have stalled during the regular session, and Barbour said today that he thinks it will be faster for lawmakers ...

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Bryant 'offended' by Justice's oversight of redistricting

JACKSON — Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, who’s running for governor, says he’s “offended” the U.S. Justice Department is still required to approve redistricting in Mississippi. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 requires Mississippi and several other states — mostly in the South — to submit election changes for Justice Department clearance to ensure minorities’ voting strength is upheld. “We’ve ...

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Senate passes its own civil rights museum bill

JACKSON — The Mississippi Senate has passed its own bond bill to partially fund two museums — one focusing on all types of history and one focusing specifically on civil rights. The bill passed 36-10 yesterday. It would provide $30 million for the first phase of the museums. The House earlier passed its own separate bill for the projects, providing ...

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Analysis: Museum project draws hopes, suspicions

Not all lawmakers are convinced a Mississippi civil rights museum will finally get off the ground, despite the speed at which a proposal is making its way through the Legislature. Their doubts can be heard in floor debate and committee meetings. Rep. Jim Evans, a black Democrat from Jackson, told his colleagues last week, "Let’s don’t be hoodwinked," as he ...

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Lawmakers continue debate over civil rights museum site

JACKSON — Gov. Haley Barbour’s verbal support for a civil rights museum in Mississippi’s capital has reignited debate over where to place an edifice in honor of the bloody struggle that played out across the South. A committee of the Mississippi Legislative Black Caucus held a hearing yesterday at the state Capitol to discuss possible locations for the museum. However, ...

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