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BILL CRAWFORD — Mississippi’s thin racial veneer

Race persists as a predominant part of Mississippi life. There are the disparities revealed by objective facts:   Most Republicans are white. Most African-Americans are Democrats. All statewide elected officials are white. Most prison inmates are black. Most wealthy Mississippians, business owners, bank executives, physicians, and plant managers are white. Most poverty-level Mississippians and non-elderly Medicaid recipients are black. Most ...

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Barbour says 'tar babies' quote not meant to offend

JACKSON — Former Gov. Haley Barbour acknowledges he used the term “tar babies” to describe President Barack Obama’s policies, but says “neither the context nor the connotation was intended to offend.” The website Politico first reported Barbour made the remark during a Nov. 6 conference call with clients of the Washington lobbying firm he founded, BGR. In a statement sent ...

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Ex-housing official, Ann Jefferson, loses appeal

JACKSON, Mississippi — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former executive director of the South Delta Regional Housing Authority and her 32-month prison sentence. The ruling was issued Thursday by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. » READ MORE about this story … Ann Jefferson was convicted in ...

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UPDATE — Why is the history-depraved Smithville principal such a chicken?

From a Clarion Ledger report, the Mississippi High School Activities Association’s 13 private schools won’t be going anywhere, at least not anytime soon. A proposal aimed at banning private schools from the association stalled Thursday morning, when members of the MHSAA Executive and Legislative Council failed to motion the proposal forward. “There was no discussion,” MHSAA executive director Don Hinton ...

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Construction of Mississippi museums may be just few weeks away

The State of Mississippi is scheduled to select a general contractor Sept. 26 for phase one of a pair of museums whose construction is projected to run $80 million. The contract award — which could go as high as $40 million — is a prelude to an Oct. 24 groundbreaking for the long-awaited Mississippi Museum of History and the accompanying ...

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'Colonel Reb' title now 'Mr. Ole Miss'

OXFORD — When students at the University of Mississippi vote this fall on their favorite campus personalities, “Colonel Reb” won’t be on the ballot. Instead, students will pick from candidates for “Mr. Ole Miss,” a popularly elected male honor roughly equivalent to the female honor “Miss Ole Miss.” Fall personality elections are Sept. 24 Student judicial leaders last spring declared ...

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Paula Deen scores legal win

Celebrity chef Paula Deen has scored a legal win in her million-dollar lawsuit. ABC News’ Michael Rothman writes: A federal judge in Georgia today threw out the racial discrimination claims made against Paula Deen by Lisa Jackson in a suit that stated she was subjected to sexual harassment and racism while she worked at a Savannah restaurant co-owned by Deen ...

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Noose hung at Meridian mayoral candidate's office

Noose hung at Meridian mayoral candidate’s office MERIDIAN — Someone hung a noose with a stuffed animal outside the office a Meridian mayoral candidate. Meridian police say they found a hooded baby blanket with a stuffed dog’s head hanging by a noose Thursday morning. It was outside the insurance office of Percy Bland, a Democratic candidate for mayor. Bland is ...

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