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Ole Miss grad from Hattiesburg wins Miss Mississippi title

An Ole Miss graduate who promoted organ donation has won the Miss Mississippi competition. During a ceremony Saturday night in Vicksburg, local media report that Miss Riverbend Mary Margaret Hyer was crowned 2019 Miss Mississippi. This was her third time competing for the crown. Her social impact statement promoted organ donation. During the talent phase of the competition she sang ...

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Mississippi school district could shorten summer break

A second Mississippi school district is considering a shorter summer break with longer breaks during the school year. The Oxford school district is considering the change as part of its designation by the state as a district of innovation. The Oxford Eagle reports that the district proposes a shift to a different calendar in the 2022-23 school year. Superintendent Brian ...

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Mississippi Ag Museum continues recovery from 2014 fire

A new exhibit barn has opened at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum, years after a fire damaged some buildings. The state agriculture commissioner, Andy Gipson, opened the barn and a maintenance shop Friday at the museum in Jackson. The barn has more than 5,000 square feet (465 square meters) of heavy timber construction exhibit space. Ten antique tractors and ...

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Official fell behind on property tax payments after tornado

A county supervisor in Mississippi says he fell behind on property tax payments after his business was damaged by a tornado. Forrest County Supervisor Burkett Ross is part owner of Southern Lanes bowling alley in Petal and the former skating rink next door. He tells the Hattiesburg American that the bowling alley was closed for more than 100 days after ...

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Constance Slaughter-Harvey reflects on storied law career

By ANNA GIBBS / Oxford Eagle Constance Slaughter-Harvey lives by one rule: To whom much is given, much is required. As the first African-American woman to graduate from the University of Mississippi School of Law, Slaughter-Harvey has done just that. She began practicing law upon completion of classes in January 1970, throwing herself full-force into the courtroom. She was so ...

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Town’s deputy marshal resigns amid fight investigation

A deputy marshal in a Mississippi town has resigned amid an investigation into a fight after a police chase. The Commercial Dispatch reports Caledonia aldermen accepted Lance Luckey’s resignation Thursday. Luckey remains a Columbus police officer. He had worked part-time with the Caledonia marshal’s office for 12 years and was involved in a fight May 11 between officers from Caledonia, ...

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Atlanta to be home of rare Civil War flag of black soldiers

“We Will Prove Ourselves Men,” reads the inscription at the top of the regimental flag carried into battle by members of the 127th United States Colored Troops. The phrase offers a sense of what was at stake for black men, many of whom formerly in bondage, who fought to end slavery during the Civil War. Six feet wide and more ...

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Prosecutor could decide on seventh trial in Mississippi case

A Mississippi prosecutor has tried and failed six times to send Curtis Flowers to the death chamber, with the latest trial conviction and death sentence overturned on Friday because of racial bias in jury selection. Now, that same prosecutor must decide whether to try Flowers a seventh time. Doug Evans, who’s running unopposed this year for an eighth four-year term ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Charter school suit exposes state overreach

“People, not the government, know best how to take care of their own money,” is one of Gov. Phil Bryant’s favorite themes. You can see it reflected in his consistent opposition to federal government laws and regulations attempting to dictate public policy to Mississippians – on abortion, healthcare, gun rights, school standards, EPA rules, and more. It was there in ...

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Mississippi governor candidates split on gas tax, Medicaid

Mississippi gubernatorial candidates are divided over whether the state should expand Medicaid to the working poor and increase the gasoline tax to fund highways and bridges. Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves told Mississippi Press Association members Friday that he’s against both things because he wants small government. Democratic Attorney General Jim said he favors both. He said Mississippi has lost ...

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