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Tupelo City Council to address Mississippi state flag

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The Tupelo City Council is expected to discuss Mississippi’s controversial state flag this week. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports that council president Lynn Bryan plans to bring up a resolution before the City Council that will ask the Legislature for a new state flag. Mississippi’s current state flag features a Confederate emblem. The council is also expected to discuss ...

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Delta State furls Mississippi’s Confederate-themed flag

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The last of Mississippi’s eight public universities has stopped displaying the state flag that prominently features the Confederate battle emblem. Delta State University President Bill LaForge announced the decision Thursday. He said the university acted because state government hasn’t moved to change the flag. The university called for a different state banner in 2015, and LaForge said again Thursday that ...

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Business group unveils Mississippi bicentennial banner

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The state chamber of commerce has unveiled a banner to celebrate Mississippi’s bicentennial. Mississippi Economic Council president Blake Wilson said it is not intended to replace the state flag that’s been in use since 1894. Some MEC leaders in the past have said the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag is racially divisive and hurts economic-development efforts. Wilson said ...

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Effort to strip Confederate emblem off state flag is failing

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An effort to erase the Confederate battle emblem from Mississippi’s flag is failing because sponsors haven’t collected enough signatures to put an initiative on the 2018 ballot. The petition drive started in response to the June 2015 slayings of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, and was part of a movement across the South to rethink ...

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MSU, MUW stop flying Confederate-themed Mississippi flag; Delta State last holdout

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Two more Mississippi universities have stopped flying the state’s flag featuring the Confederate battle emblem, decisions that drew rebukes from the governor. Mississippi State University and the Mississippi University for Women confirmed Tuesday that they removed the flag from outdoor flagpoles over the summer. The universities’ actions came after state lawmakers failed to act on changing the flag this year. ...

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Flag issue no show at Neshoba County Fair

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By BOBBY HARRISON A litany of conservative issues dominated the speech-making last week at the annual Neshoba County Fair political speakings, ranging from opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion to support for gun rights and tax cuts. But nary a word was spoken from the stage of the tin-roofed Founders Square Pavilion about a controversial issue facing the state that splits ...

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Gunn gets vote on confederate flag as church messenger

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By BOBBY HARRISON / Daily Journal House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, who surprisingly broke with the majority of the state’s Republican leadership last summer when he endorsed changing the Mississippi flag, got to vote on the issue recently. Gunn was a “messenger” for his church, Morrison Heights Baptist Church in Clinton, to the Southern Baptist Convention earlier this month. At the ...

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Southern Baptists oppose Confederate flag, talk racial unity

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The Southern Baptist Convention on Tuesday urged Christians to stop displaying the Confederate battle flag, recognizing that it is perceived by many as a “symbol of hatred, bigotry and racism” that offends millions of people. The resolution, originally presented by African-American Pastor Dwight McKissic, had stirred debate and led to at least one call to withdraw it. The version presented to thousands ...

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House would ban Confederate flags on VA cemetery flagpoles

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The House voted on Thursday to ban the display of the Confederate flag on flagpoles at federal veterans’ cemeteries. The 265-159 vote would block descendants and others seeking to commemorate veterans of the Confederate States of America from flying the Confederate Battle Flag over mass graves on the two days a year that flag displays are permitted. California Democrat Jared ...

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Updated flag lawsuit says rebel emblem ‘vestige’ of slavery

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An attorney is making additional arguments in a federal lawsuit that seeks to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the Mississippi flag. In papers filed Thursday, Carlos Moore says the emblem violates the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which outlawed slavery. He says the emblem used by some Confederate troops during the Civil War is a “vestige” of slavery. ...

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