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University students discuss Mississippi flag at campus forum

COLUMBUS — Students and members of the community gathered at a Mississippi University for Women forum to discuss the state’s flag. The Commercial Dispatch reports Monday’s forum was put together by the school’s Student Government Association. Following a brief lecture on the history of Mississippi’s state flags, students were given the chance to ask questions about its current flag. Some ...

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1 Miss. flag initiative withering, but supporter plans more

JACKSON — One proposal to keep the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag is about to die. But, a flag supporter says others are being filed. Greg Stewart is director of Biloxi’s Beauvoir, the last home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis. He’s among those pushing a ballot initiative to enshrine Mississippi’s flag design in the state constitution. Stewart says ...

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BILL CRAWFORD — Mississippi’s thin racial veneer

Race persists as a predominant part of Mississippi life. There are the disparities revealed by objective facts:   Most Republicans are white. Most African-Americans are Democrats. All statewide elected officials are white. Most prison inmates are black. Most wealthy Mississippians, business owners, bank executives, physicians, and plant managers are white. Most poverty-level Mississippians and non-elderly Medicaid recipients are black. Most ...

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Barbour says 'tar babies' quote not meant to offend

JACKSON — Former Gov. Haley Barbour acknowledges he used the term “tar babies” to describe President Barack Obama’s policies, but says “neither the context nor the connotation was intended to offend.” The website Politico first reported Barbour made the remark during a Nov. 6 conference call with clients of the Washington lobbying firm he founded, BGR. In a statement sent ...

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Ex-housing official, Ann Jefferson, loses appeal

JACKSON, Mississippi — A federal appeals court has upheld the conviction of a former executive director of the South Delta Regional Housing Authority and her 32-month prison sentence. The ruling was issued Thursday by a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. » READ MORE about this story … Ann Jefferson was convicted in ...

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UPDATE — Why is the history-depraved Smithville principal such a chicken?

From a Clarion Ledger report, the Mississippi High School Activities Association’s 13 private schools won’t be going anywhere, at least not anytime soon. A proposal aimed at banning private schools from the association stalled Thursday morning, when members of the MHSAA Executive and Legislative Council failed to motion the proposal forward. “There was no discussion,” MHSAA executive director Don Hinton ...

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'Colonel Reb' title now 'Mr. Ole Miss'

OXFORD — When students at the University of Mississippi vote this fall on their favorite campus personalities, “Colonel Reb” won’t be on the ballot. Instead, students will pick from candidates for “Mr. Ole Miss,” a popularly elected male honor roughly equivalent to the female honor “Miss Ole Miss.” Fall personality elections are Sept. 24 Student judicial leaders last spring declared ...

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