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Proposal introduced to change state song to 'Dixie,' fly Confederate flag outside Capitol

JACKSON — A Mississippi man with a history of trying to enshrine Old South symbols in the state constitution is trying again, this time hoping to change the state song to “Dixie” and require officials to fly a Confederate battle flag outside the Capitol. But getting a constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot can be difficult, with signatures required from ...

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Ex-mayor remembered for easing racial tension dies at 96

MCCOMB — Former McComb Mayor Newton H. James, a white businessman who was among community leaders who worked to end tensions during the civil rights movement in 1960s, has died at the age of 96. Officials with Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home say James died Thursday at Beacham Memorial Hospital in Magnolia. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at J. J. ...

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Investigators: Social media at heart of election night incident at UM

OXFORD — The University of Mississippi faculty/staff Incident Review Committee (IRC) assigned to determine the facts of a widely reported election night incident has released its report, finding that student misrepresentations on social media, including Facebook and Twitter, were fuel for the events that happened on campus that night. The IRC has forwarded the names of 14 students to either ...

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Restaurant manager fired for offensive e-mail

RIDGELAND — The general manager of Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Ridgeland has been fired for an e-mail that the recipient found racially offensive, according to The Clarion-Ledger. According to the newspaper, LeTrenda Watson, an African American who was attempting to make a reservation for a birthday party, received a return e-mail message that included an exchange between Ruth’s Chris-Ridgeland’s ...

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