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House speaker greeted by flag supporters at Neshoba Fair

A current flag supporter waves her protest sign and a small Mississippi state flag at the Neshoba County Fair in Philadelphia, Miss., Thursday, July 30, 2015. A small number of protestors made their feelings known as they waves flags and signs in peaceful protest during an address by the Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, who has called for the flag's replacement. The fair is a traditional gathering place for politicians, area residents, business leaders, voters and families. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

PHILADELPHIA — About two dozen people who want to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag held the banner in silent protest Thursday as Republican state House Speaker Philip Gunn spoke at the Neshoba County Fair. The fair is one of the year’s largest political gatherings, and Gunn’s speech was his biggest public appearance since late June, when he ...

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Analysis: Mississippi flag folded at some public buildings

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  Mississippi voters chose to keep a Confederate battle emblem on the state flag in 2001, but that election did not equate to a universal embrace of the banner. The flag has disappeared in recent years from some public buildings, particularly in majority-black areas, as local officials expressed concern that it represents division rather than unity. The Mississippi flag has ...

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Vicksburg military park: Little impact from flag proposal

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JACKSON — Congress is arguing over a proposal to ban Confederate flags on rebel graves in cemeteries run by the National Park Service. But even if the plan survives the Senate and becomes law, it would have little effect in the only Park Service cemetery in Mississippi. Only two Confederate soldiers are buried at the Vicksburg National Military Park. The ...

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Mississippi flag supporters rally outside state Capitol

Supporters attend a rally sponsored by the Magnolia State Heritage Campaign, outside the state Capitol, Monday, July 6, 2015, in Jackson, Miss. Jeppie Barbour, a brother of former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, is pushing state leaders to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the state flag. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON — The Confederate battle emblem should remain on the Mississippi flag because it honors ancestors who fought for the South in the Civil War, a brother of former Gov. Haley Barbour told about 40 supporters of the state banner at a rally Monday outside the state Capitol. “They were fighting for the freedom of the South not to get bossed ...

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Governor: No special session on Mississippi flag design

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JACKSON — Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says he will not call Mississippi lawmakers back to the Capitol to consider removing a Confederate battle emblem from the state flag. Bryant says Thursday that he only calls special sessions for legislators to respond to a natural disaster or to handle a large economic development project. The head of the Legislative Black Caucus, ...

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US Capitol’s Confederate statues prompt renewed debate

A statue of Jefferson Davis, second from left, is on display in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 24, 2015. The statue was given to the National Statuary Hall Collection in the U.S. Capitol by Mississippi in 1931. Davis served the nation in many positions before being appointed president of the Confederate States during the Civil War, including Secretary of War, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and a member of the U.S. Senate.  The move in South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag from the statehouse grounds is prompting members of Congress to take a new look at Confederate images that surround them every day.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON — Alexander H. Stephens, onetime vice president of the Confederacy, sits memorialized in stone, right leg crossed over left, staring sternly into the distance as summer-clad tourists mill about him in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall. Solemn and cold, he looks like he could sit there for eternity. But the renewed debate about symbols of the Confederacy in the ...

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BREAKING NEWS — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley orders Confederate flags taken down from state Capitol

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has ordered Confederate flags to taken down from the grounds of the state Capitol, the latest move to banish the divisive banner from state capitals, store shelves, license plates and monuments. Bentley issued the order Wednesday morning, one week after police say a white man killed nine black church members in Charleston, South Carolina ...

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OUR VIEW: Our new flag will be a sight to behold

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In general relativity, an event horizon is a boundary in spacetime beyond which events cannot affect an outside observer. In layman’s terms, it is defined as “the point of no return”, the point at which the gravitational pull becomes so great as to make escape impossible. In Mississippi we passed an event horizon in 2001. That’s when Mississippi held a ...

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