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Delta Council latest to disown state flag, urging it be changed quickly

By TED CARTER In another sign that momentum is building among civic institutions for ridding the Mississippi flag of the Confederate battle emblem, the Mississippi Delta Council has concluded the flag must change to reflect today’s Mississippi. Otherwise, Mississippi is left with a flag that  reflects slavery and a rebellion against the United States, contend the Council and other civic ...

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White lawmaker likens abortion limits to civil rights issue

A white Republican lawmaker invoked the name of a black civil rights leader Wednesday as the Mississippi Senate advanced a bill to ban abortion based on the race, sex or genetic anomalies of a fetus. The bill is expected to go soon to Republican Gov. Tate Reeves, who favors more limits on abortion in a state that already has some ...

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Mississippi sees jump in virus after lifting restrictions

Mississippi reported one of its largest single-day increases in cases of the new coronavirus on Wednesday, more than two weeks after Republican Gov. Tate Reeves lifted most of the restrictions he had put on businesses because of the pandemic. “I’m concerned that people are losing interest in the effort to keep each other safe,” Reeves said Wednesday on Twitter. “We are all ...

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Panel backs ex-Louisiana warden to lead Mississippi prisons

The Mississippi Senate Corrections Committee on Tuesday unanimously endorsed a former prison warden who faced ethics questions in Louisiana to be the new leader of Mississippi’s troubled prison system. The full Senate is expected to vote in the next few days on confirming Burl Cain as corrections commissioner. Cain, 77, has been working as commissioner since May 20, when Republican ...

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Columbus Republican Chism will resign from Mississippi House

A Republican from north Mississippi says he is resigning from the state House to take care of his wife as she faces health issues. Rep. Gary Chism of Columbus told the Commercial Dispatch that June 30 will be his last day in the Legislature. He took office in January 2000. He is an insurance agent is and currently chairman of the House ...

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Some Mississippi counties could move Confederate monuments

Some Mississippi counties are debating whether to move Confederate monuments that have stood for more than a century outside courthouses or in other prominent spots on public property. The potential changes are happening as Confederate monuments are being removed in some other southern states amid protests against racism. On Monday, supervisors in majority-black Washington County voted 4-1 to work with ...

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Mississippi seeing rising cases of unemployment fraud

The Mississippi Department of Employment Security is seeing an influx of fraudulent unemployment claims, mirroring a concerning trend across the country, Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday. “These are all through sophisticated networks of criminals who will take your information, apply for unemployment, and then reap your benefits,” Reeves said at a news briefing. “It can have serious consequences for you, ...

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Mississippi revises outlook for budget year starting July 1

Top lawmakers said Monday that Mississippi state government can avoid spending cuts during the final two weeks of the current budget year by tapping into the rainy day fund. But they said government spending will shrink during the new year that begins July 1 because of the economic slump caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Members of the Joint Legislative Budget ...

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Analysis: Mississippi could erase multistep election system

Mississippi voters might get a chance to purge a Jim Crow-era provision from the state constitution and simplify the process of electing the governor and other statewide officials. Legislators are close to agreeing on House Concurrent Resolution 47. It would put a proposal on the ballot this November, letting people decide whether to erase an Electoral College-type provision from the ...

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Three-day state COVID-19 total most since pandemic began

WEDNESDAY: 374 new Coronavirus cases along with 21 new deaths reported By ROSS REILY Mississippi’s total of presumptive cases of COVID-19 now stands at 18,483 after the Mississippi Health Department reported 374 newly identified cases on Wednesday. It is the 63rd consecutive day that the single-day total has been more than 100 with 48 days of more than 200 (23 ...

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