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State Sen. Harden dies after serving for quarter-century

JACKSON — State Sen. Alice Harden, a Democrat from Jackson who fought for better public and higher education programs, has died. She was 64. Her death was announced today by Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. Funeral arrangements are pending. Harden had served in the Senate since 1988. She had served as chairman of both the education and universities and colleges committees. ...

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Thompson to keep chair of Homeland Security Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Bennie Thompson is keeping his post as the top Democrat on the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee. Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California made the announcement yesterday, along with Thompson. He says in a statement that he hopes homeland security will continue to receive bipartisan support. He also says he wants Congress to produce comprehensive cyber security ...

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Justice Department approves city's redistricting plan

SOUTHAVEN — The U.S. Department of Justice has approved Southaven’s redistricting plan to balance the six voting wards in the city to address population growth in the last decade. During yesterday’s Board of Aldermen meeting, The Commercial Appeal reports Mayor Greg Davis announced that the justice department approved the plan that the city submitted in September. The plan reduces the ...

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Liquor opponents get no answers from aldermen

CORINTH — The Corinth board of aldermen has declined to get into discussion of what liquor rules it might put into effective if sales are approved by voters next week. Liquor opponents pressed aldermen to announce how they planned to control how liquor is sold and where it can be sold. Corinth voters will decide Dec. 11 whether to approve ...

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Elections and the evolving status of Federalism

With the presidential election holding our attention of late it has been easy to overlook the phenomenon that the 10th amendment to the United States Constitution is becoming supercharged. This rapidly evolving status of our federal system is almost as intriguing as the presidential election itself. It has not been long since the Tea Party was crying out in anguish ...

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Longtime Democratic lawmaker Turner dies at 64

WEST POINT — Longtime Democratic Mississippi state Sen. Bennie Turner, a lawyer, champion of public education and respected member of the Legislature, died yesterday. He was 64. Sen. Hob Bryan, a longtime colleague and friend of the legislator, told The Associated Press that Turner died yesterday at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where he had been hospitalized ...

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Federal panel approves state's redistricting plan

JACKSON — Three federal judges say they won’t redraw Mississippi’s legislative districts or order the state to hold a new round of elections in 2013. The order came yesterday in a lawsuit that the state chapter of the NAACP had filed earlier to challenge state House and Senate redistricting. Legislative maps have to be updated once a decade to account ...

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