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Rust College being honored with marker on Freedom Trail

HOLLY SPRINGS — The role of Rust College students during the Civil Rights era will be commemorated with a marker on the Mississippi Freedom Trail tomorrow. The unveiling will take place at 4 p.m. on Rust Avenue, across from the main entrance to the Rust College campus. The public is encouraged to attend. The Mississippi Freedom Trail was launched in ...

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Legislative Black Caucus pushing for more contracts to minorities

JACKSON — Mississippi government agencies needs to make a stronger effort to buy more goods and services from businesses owned by minorities and women, leaders of the Legislative Black Caucus say. “We allocate billions of dollars for tools and resources to lure large corporations to this state,” said Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones, D-Canton, the caucus chairman said this past week. ...

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Appeals Court upholds attorney's discrimination award

GREENWOOD — A federal appeals court has upheld an $82,000 award to a white attorney who argued he was a victim of discrimination by the black-majority Greenwood Leflore Hospital board. George Dulin argued he was pushed out of his job as the hospital board’s attorney in 2006 because of his race. He was awarded $82,000 by a federal jury in ...

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UM alumni put up reward to find Meredith statue vandals

OXFORD — At the request of Chancellor Dan Jones, the university’s Alumni Association has offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of two individuals involved in an incident on the University of Mississippi campus. The University Police Department (UPD) is looking for two men who were seen early Sunday morning near the James Meredith statue, which commemorates ...

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Marathon organizers expecting more than 1,200 runners

GREENVILLE — More than 1,200 participants are expected this weekend at the 2nd Annual Mississippi River Marathon. The event will kickoff Friday with an expo at the Greenville Mall. Runners will pick up their race packets at the expo. Both full and half-marathons will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday. The Mississippi River Marathon will award a total of $3,000 in ...

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WISEMAN: The subject of race: Once again

Here we are again. The recent Supreme Court holdings on the Voting Rights Act and the Texas Affirmative Action cases, the Trayvon Martin verdict, voter ID and election law changes in a number of states, the Paula Dean debacle, the election and aftermath of controversial Jackson mayor Chokwe Lamumba and suddenly the major topic of conversation is once again that ...

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Court hears debate over pre-clearance section of Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is wrestling with the fate of a section of a landmark civil rights law that has helped millions of Americans exercise their right to vote. In an argument at the court, liberal and conservative justices engaged in a sometimes tense back and forth over whether there is an ongoing need in 2013 for a key ...

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Tornado damage assessments continue as President declares disaster

SOIUTH MISSISSIPPI — President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in the State of Mississippi following a massive tornado that destroyed or heavily damaged more than 800 homes in the southern part of the state. Obama signed the declaration yesterday and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in Forrest and Lamar counties, which were affected by ...

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Judge rejects Delta school district's desegregation plan

CLEVELAND — A federal judge has rejected a desegregation plan submitted by the Cleveland School District that relied on creation of magnet programs to attract whites to schools that are predominately black. The Bolivar Commercial reports U.S. District Judge Glen H. Davidson’s ruling came this past week. In Cleveland, two middle schools and two high schools have co-existed for decades. ...

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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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