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Justice Department objects to school desegregation plan

CLEVELAND — The U.S. Department of Justice has objected to the Cleveland School District’s plan to desegregate two local schools. The Bolivar Commercial reports the Justice Department filed the objection this past month with the U.S. District Court. In May, the school district filed a proposal with the federal court to desegregate the East Side High School and D.M. Smith ...

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Howard Industries settles post-raid discrimination lawsuit

LAUREL — Federal court records show a Mississippi company that was the target of the largest U.S. workplace raid on illegal immigrants has settled a discrimination lawsuit by four black women who claimed the company gave preferential treatment to Latinos. A tentative settlement was announced in February. Details were released in court documents filed this past week. U.S. District Court ...

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Hosemann: Response to voter ID initiative 'limited'

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Secretary of State’s Office reports its outreach initiative offering assistance to individuals with no acceptable forms of photo voter identification has received limited response in its first two weeks. “We have inundated the state with outreach initiatives requesting these individuals contact our office,” says Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann. “So far, only 75 individuals have contacted our ...

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College Board will again try to raise funds to endow HBCUs

JACKSON — After years of delay, members of the state’s College Board will again try to raise $34 million in private money to endow Mississippi’s three historically black universities. The board pledged to raise a $35 million endowment over seven years for Alcorn State, Jackson State and Mississippi Valley State when the Ayers discrimination case was settled in 2004. So ...

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Howard reaches tentative settlement in discrimination lawsuit

LAUREL — Court records say a Mississippi company that was the target of the largest U.S. workplace raid on illegal immigrants has reached a tentative settlement in a discrimination lawsuit by four black women who claimed the company gave preferential treatment to Latinos. The lawsuit claimed one of the plaintiffs applied for a job at the Howard Industries electrical transformer ...

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Baker Donelson recognized for hiring practices

JACKSON — The law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, has received a score of 85 in the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) 2012 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). This marks a 15-point increase from the firm’s 2011 CEI score. The HRC’s CEI report, released each fall, provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their ...

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Supreme Court upholds decision on redistricting

JACKSON — The Supreme Court will not get involved in a fight over redistricting in Mississippi. The court affirmed today a lower court ruling allowing state lawmakers to run in their current districts this year. The justices rejected an appeal from the Mississippi NAACP. The Mississippi Legislature did not pass a redistricting plan this year. The 122 Mississippi House districts ...

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