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Federal court hears felon voting rights case in Mississippi

A federal appeals court hears arguments Tuesday on the constitutionality of Mississippi laws that permanently bar certain felons from voting unless they can get their rights restored through what advocates say is a difficult process. Six convicted felons are pushing to have their voting rights restored through a lawsuit filed in federal court in Mississippi. They have argued that the ...

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Major New Orleans hotel group buys historic Mississippi home

One of New Orleans’ largest hotel groups has announced its purchase of a historic mansion in a Mississippi city. The Natchez Democrat reports the J Collection said in a statement Monday that it had acquired the Natchez landmark, mansion Dunleith. The newspaper says United Mississippi Bank had owned Dunleith since it foreclosed on the property earlier this year when the former owner ...

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JACK WEATHERLY: WW II Museum keeps story of fight for democracy airborne

NEW ORLEANS – Maybe one of the airborne B-24s shown in the films at The National World War II Museum was his. One hundred seventy-eight bombers left Benghazi, Libya, on Aug. 1, 1943 on a 1,200-mile flight to Ploesti, Romania. The B-24 Liberator crews flew at near treetop level to avoid radar, and dropped their payloads on the key Nazi ...

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New chief judge for US appeals court in New Orleans

The federal appeals court that covers Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas will have a new chief judge. In a news release Monday the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that Judge Priscilla Richman Owen will assume the chief judge position on Tuesday. Owen takes over from Carl E. Stewart. Owen graduated from Baylor University School of Law in 1977 and ...

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Mississippi St. gets first look at new QB vs. Cajuns

Not only is Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens new to the Bulldogs. The graduate transfer also is set to make his first college start against Louisiana-Lafayette in the Superdome on Saturday. “You can’t dismiss the emotional component of having your first start,” said Bulldogs second-year coach Joe Moorhead, a former college quarterback at Fordham in the early 1990s. “He’s really ...

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All aboard! Amtrak route to New Orleans restored

A summer filled with train disruptions for New Orleans visitors has reached its end as Amtrak has restored full service on its Chicago-to-New Orleans line. The McComb Enterprise-Journal reports the line was restored Wednesday after months of terminating in Jackson, Mississippi. Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the opening of the Bonnet Carre spillway near New Orleans cut off service to ...

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New Orleans fears triple threat of storm surge, river, rain

When it comes to water, New Orleans faces three threats: the sea, the sky and the river. Tropical storms and hurricanes send storm surges pushing up against the city’s outer defenses. That’s what happened in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina’s surge caused widespread levee failures and left 80% of the city under water. Massive rains like those expected to accompany approaching ...

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The Latest: Conditions are favorable for Gulf hurricane soon

The Latest on a tropical weather system in the Gulf of Mexico (all times local): 11:35 a.m. The National Hurricane Center says conditions appear favorable for a weather system in the Gulf of Mexico to strengthen into a hurricane as it approaches the United States coastline by this weekend. Forecasters said the weather disturbance is expected to become a tropical ...

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Rep: Sorry for using ‘lynch’ over Confederate statue removal

A Mississippi lawmaker has apologized for saying Louisiana leaders should be lynched for removing Confederate monuments. Republican state Rep. Karl Oliver of Winona had said in a Facebook post that the destruction of monuments is “heinous and horrific.” He accused Louisiana officials of acting in a Nazi-like fashion. “The destruction of these monuments, erected in the loving memory of our ...

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