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Dozens released after massive Mississippi immigration raids

Dozens of immigrant workers have been released a day after being detained in the largest immigration raid in a decade in the United States. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officials say 680 people were arrested in Wednesday’s raids. But immigration lawyers say that by Thursday morning, about five busloads of people had been released. The terms of the workers’ releases were ...

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Largest U.S. immigration raids in a decade net 680 arrests in Mississippi

U.S. immigration officials raided numerous Mississippi food processing plants Wednesday, arresting 680 workers, most of whom are Latino, in what marked the largest work-place sting in at least a decade. The raids, planned months ago, happened just hours before President Donald Trump was scheduled to visit El Paso, Texas, the majority-Latino city where a man linked to an online screed ...

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How a ‘currency war’ could weaken US economy

President Donald Trump’s trade conflict with China escalated this week when Beijing let its currency fall to its lowest level against the dollar in 11 years and suspended its purchases of U.S. farm goods — and the Trump administration promptly branded China a “currency manipulator.” Trump’s response has little immediate practical impact. But together, the new developments raised the dangerous ...

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City overrides Moss Point mayor’s attempt to stop pay cut

The Moss Point Board of Aldermen has overridden the mayor’s attempt to veto a policy that would limit his travel and cut at least 15 percent of his salary. The Sun Herald reports the Moss Point Board of Aldermen voted 5-3 Tuesday to override Mayor Mario King’s veto. Alderman Sherwood Bradford proposed the new policy as lawsuits mount against King, ...

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Taggart forces runoff with Fitch in GOP primary for attorney general

Two-term state Treasurer Lynn Fitch of Ridgeland and longtime Republican figure Andy Taggart of Madison are heading to a runoff in the Republican primary for Mississippi attorney general. Fitch led all candidates, while Taggart narrowly captured second place to move to a second round of voting on Aug. 27, with state Rep. Mark Baker of Brandon finishing third. The eventual ...

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Hood wins Dem nod for Mississippi governor; GOP runoff ahead

Fourth-term Attorney General Jim Hood beat seven rivals to become the Democratic nominee for Mississippi governor, while on the Republican side, second-term Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves faces a runoff in three weeks against former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. Hood hopes to break the grip Republicans have held on the governorship for 16 years in the conservative ...

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Louisiana launching medical marijuana after years of waiting

Louisiana is becoming the first Deep South state to dispense medical marijuana on Tuesday, four years after state lawmakers agreed to give patients access to therapeutic cannabis. Nine pharmacies are licensed to dispense medical marijuana across Louisiana and most are expected to open this week. Louisiana joins more than 30 other states that allow medical marijuana in some form. And ...

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Governor primaries headline Mississippi ballots on Tuesday

Mississippi Democrats and Republicans decide their nominees for governor and several other state and local offices in primary elections Tuesday. In the Republican primary for governor, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is seeking to fend off opposition from former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. and state Rep. Robert Foster. On the Democratic side, Attorney General Jim Hood is ...

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Canton alderman pleads guilty, resigns in election scandal

An alderman in a Mississippi city has pleaded guilty in a voter fraud case. Court officials tell WAPT-TV that Canton alderman Andrew Grant pleaded guilty Monday to conspiracy to commit voter fraud. He was sentenced to five years in prison, which the judge suspended. Grant resigned as Canton’s Ward 7 alderman immediately after the sentencing. Grant is one of five ...

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Analysis: Neshoba speeches bring humor and serious messages

The Neshoba County Fair has long been a place for Mississippi politicians to engage in drama, hyperbole, and their own form of comedy as they try to win favor with potential voters. The candidates who appeared to have the most fun at the fair last week were those unburdened by competition in the party primaries. Democrat Addie Lee Green is ...

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