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Neshoba County Fair speeches happening days before primaries

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JACKSON — The Neshoba County Fair is a mandatory stop for retail politicking in Mississippi, and this week’s campaign speeches are happening just a few days before party primaries for governor and other offices. Candidates mingle with the sweaty masses of people who gather in hundreds of shotgun-style cabins in the red clay hills outside Philadelphia. Most of the cabins have ...

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Judge: Mississippi not obligated to fully fund schools

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JACKSON — Mississippi legislators are not obligated to fully fund an education budget formula every year, a judge ruled in a lawsuit filed by a former governor. Hinds County Chancery Judge William Singletary’s ruling was signed Tuesday and filed Wednesday in a lawsuit that former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove brought last year on behalf of 21 school districts, including the state’s second-largest district, ...

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Analysis: State considers other options for failing schools

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  When Gov. Phil Bryant approved plans by the Mississippi Department of Education last week to take over the Tunica County school district, it was a familiar process. Mississippi has taken over a district at least 19 times since 1996. Tunica joins Oktibbeha County and North Panola on the list of districts that have been taken over twice. More than ...

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Chief Anderson apparent winner in Choctaw chief run-off

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PHILADELPHIA — Incumbent Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson has won a second term as chief of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. The Neshoba Democrat reports complete, but unofficial, results after the counting of absentee ballots Wednesday showed Anderson with 52 percent of the vote to 48 percent for former chief Beasley Denson. The runoff was Tuesday. Anderson unseated Denson, ...

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Anderson leads Denson, for now, in Choctaw chief runoff

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PHILADELPHIA — The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians was to count absentee ballots Wednesday to decide the runoff election for chief. Multiple media outlets report the unofficial results from Tuesday’s runoff showed incumbent Tribal Chief Phyliss J. Anderson with a 54-vote lead over former chief Beasley Denson. Tribal officials say 370 absentee ballots remain to be counted. Anderson unseated Denson, ...

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DAVID DALLAS: The flag flaps over the state’s next governor’s race

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We must always remember our past, but that does not mean we must let it define us,” Mississippi House Speaker Phillip Gunn said last week. “As a Christian, I believe our state’s flag has become a point of offense that needs to be removed. We need to begin having conversations about changing Mississippi’s flag.” That’s right, Speaker Gunn used a ...

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Former Vicksburg mayor released from federal prison

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VICKSBURG — Former Vicksburg Mayor Paul E. Winfield, who pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges in 2013, is living at a halfway house and working in a Jackson law office. A Bureau of Prisons spokesman tells The Vicksburg Post that Winfield, who was an inmate at the federal prison in Montgomery, Alabama, was transferred to the halfway house Feb. 25. ...

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Blogger gets 2.5 years over Sen. Cochran’s wife photo conspiracy

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CANTON — A blogger who pleaded guilty in a conspiracy to breaking into a nursing home and shooting unauthorized video of the ailing wife of a U.S. senator was sentenced Monday to serve more than two years in prison. Clayton Kelly, 29, of Pearl, Mississippi, shot the video of Sen. Thad Cochran’s then-wife in 2014 during a tough Republican primary. ...

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Analysis: Ballot titles important in school funding fight

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  There’s a good reason that attorneys have committed hours to researching, writing and arguing about two brief items that will appear on the Mississippi ballot this November. Both items deal with the state’s commitment to education funding. If one of them becomes part of the state constitution, it could shape the Legislature’s budget-writing process for decades to come. That ...

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McComb board clarifies political sign laws

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MCCOMB — The city of McComb has amended an ordinance to remove regulations on political campaign signs placed on private property. “No local, state or federal law can limit what private citizens post on their property,” city attorney Wayne Dowdy told the board this week. The previous ordinance forbade any campaign signs within 60 days of an election. The Enterprise-Journal ...

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