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Confederate emblem has staying power on Mississippi flag

The Confederate battle emblem still waves on the Mississippi flag and appears in little danger of being erased anytime soon. Legislators have filed bills that propose to either change the flag that has been used since 1894 or punishing schools and other public entities that refuse to fly it. Leaders say there’s little chance any bill will survive because there’s ...

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Miss. lawyers: Don’t revive lawsuit over Confederate emblem

Attorneys for Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant have asked a federal appeals court not to revive a lawsuit that sought to erase the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag. State attorneys filed arguments Monday with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, saying U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves ruled correctly in September when he dismissed a lawsuit ...

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FBI investigating arson, ‘Vote Trump’ tag at black church

The FBI opened a civil rights investigation into the arson and vandalism of an African-American church in Mississippi, where someone spray-painted “Vote Trump” in what the mayor called a “heinous, hateful, cowardly act.” The pulpit and pews were burned, and soot stained the brick around some windows. Greenville Fire Chief Ruben Brown Sr. said the fire was set by someone ...

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Effort to strip Confederate emblem off state flag is failing

An effort to erase the Confederate battle emblem from Mississippi’s flag is failing because sponsors haven’t collected enough signatures to put an initiative on the 2018 ballot. The petition drive started in response to the June 2015 slayings of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, and was part of a movement across the South to rethink ...

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MSU, MUW stop flying Confederate-themed Mississippi flag; Delta State last holdout

Two more Mississippi universities have stopped flying the state’s flag featuring the Confederate battle emblem, decisions that drew rebukes from the governor. Mississippi State University and the Mississippi University for Women confirmed Tuesday that they removed the flag from outdoor flagpoles over the summer. The universities’ actions came after state lawmakers failed to act on changing the flag this year. ...

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House would ban Confederate flags on VA cemetery flagpoles

The House voted on Thursday to ban the display of the Confederate flag on flagpoles at federal veterans’ cemeteries. The 265-159 vote would block descendants and others seeking to commemorate veterans of the Confederate States of America from flying the Confederate Battle Flag over mass graves on the two days a year that flag displays are permitted. California Democrat Jared ...

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Mississippi lawmakers not erasing Confederate emblem on flag

JACKSON — Mississippi legislators this year won’t attempt to redesign the last state flag that features the Confederate battle emblem because leaders say they can’t find a majority to remove the symbol from the 122-year-old banner. Tuesday was the deadline for legislative committees to act on general bills, and flag proposals are among hundreds of measures that died without being ...

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Lawmaker: Confederate sign on Mississippi flag a ‘disgrace’

JACKSON — A longtime black state lawmaker says the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is a “disgrace” and needs to be removed. Democratic Sen. David Jordan of Greenwood also says the flag is an embarrassment to more than 1 million African-Americans who make up nearly 38 percent of Mississippi’s population. He spoke Thursday as more than 200 people ...

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Greenville City Council votes to remove state flag

GREENVILLE — The Greenville City Council has voted to remove the Mississippi state flag from all city properties and buildings. The Delta Democrat-Times reports council member voted 4-2 Tuesday in favor of removing the flag. Mississippi law does not compel cities to fly the state flag, which may be displayed from all public buildings. Council members voted after hearing from ...

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University students discuss Mississippi flag at campus forum

COLUMBUS — Students and members of the community gathered at a Mississippi University for Women forum to discuss the state’s flag. The Commercial Dispatch reports Monday’s forum was put together by the school’s Student Government Association. Following a brief lecture on the history of Mississippi’s state flags, students were given the chance to ask questions about its current flag. Some ...

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