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Mississippi could drop high school history exam

One of the four tests that Mississippi public school students take in high school may be going away. A testing task force voted by email last week to recommend that the state Board of Education scrap a now-required U.S. history test. Students formerly had to pass that test, plus exams in English, algebra and biology to graduate. Now, there are ...

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US homeland security chief: Racism is fueling some terrorism

White supremacist ideology is helping fuel domestic terrorism in the United States, the head of Homeland Security said Tuesday. Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan appeared in Jackson, Mississippi, for a forum about preventing violence against religious groups. The conversation included references to mass shootings, including the recent one that killed 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso . Authorities ...

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USDA: Ohio has its worst weather-prevented planting season

U.S. Department of Agriculture numbers show Ohio farmers have been hit with the state’s worst weather-prevented planting season on record. The Columbus Dispatch reports the data released this week shows Ohio had the highest rate nationally of acreage on which insured farmers were prevented from planting because of weather. The data showed Ohio’s 15.1% rate was followed by Arkansas, Michigan ...

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Jackson trashes recycling, citing cost and market demand

Mississippi’s largest city will stop curbside recycling collections by month’s end. Jackson Public Works Director Bob Miller tells the Clarion Ledger the program is indefinitely suspended, in part because China’s demand for recycled materials has fallen. Officials say more than 300 cities nationwide have stopped curbside collections. Jackson is referring residents to private collectors and says it’s seeking drop-off alternatives. ...

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Stocks soar after US delays plans for some China tariffs

And back up goes the stock market. Investors flipped back into buying mode Tuesday after the U.S. said it would hold off on tariffs of Chinese imports of mobile phones, toys and several other items typically on holiday shopping lists. China also said the two sides held discussions on trade overnight and would talk again the next two weeks. The ...

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City-owned warehouse collapses in north Mississippi

NEW ALBANY — A century-old warehouse owned by a north Mississippi city has collapsed. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports the New Albany building fell down around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday. Mark Greenwood, who lives next door, says the collapse “shook the ground like an earthquake.” No one was injured. Union County Heritage Museum Director Jill Smith said the museum bought ...

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Oxford becomes latest Mississippi government to ban kratom

Another north Mississippi government is banning the sale of kratom, a legal but unregulated herbal product. The Oxford Eagle reports the city banned sale of synthetic kratom products immediately beginning Aug. 6. Thirty or more Mississippi cities and counties have criminalized possession of kratom, although a bill to ban it statewide failed earlier this year in the Legislature. Interim Oxford ...

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Foster backs Waller in GOP runoff for Mississippi governor

The candidate eliminated from the Republican primary for Mississippi governor is endorsing former state Supreme Court Justice Bill Waller Jr. for the party’s nomination. State Rep. Robert Foster of Hernando on Tuesday announced his support of Waller, who’s competing with Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves in an Aug. 27 runoff. Reeves received 49% of the vote Aug. 6. Waller received 33% ...

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US delays tariffs on some Chinese goods, drops others

The United States is delaying tariffs on Chinese-made cellphones, laptop computers and other items and removing other Chinese imports from its target list altogether in a move that triggered a rally on Wall Street. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Tuesday that it is still planning to go ahead with 10% tariffs on about $300 billion in Chinese ...

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Flights out of Hong Kong canceled again amid protests

Protesters severely crippled operations at Hong Kong’s international airport for a second day Tuesday, forcing authorities to cancel all remaining flights out of the city after demonstrators took over the terminals as part of their push for democratic reforms. After a brief respite early Tuesday during which flights were able to take off and land, the airport authority announced check-in ...

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