Confederate icon from state of Mississippi flag to be removed

U.S. 06/29/20, 04:35

The Mississippi House and Senate voted on Sunday, June 28, to remove the Confederate emblem from its state flag, after being the last state to remove the icon. Lawmakers from both sides had given impassioned speeches both for and against removing the emblem, a decision that had created division among Mississippians, ...

Republican Tate Reeves wins competitive race for Mississippi governor

2020 Campaign 11/06/19, 05:35

Republicans reinforced their dominance in Mississippi by maintaining the governorship and picking up a Democrat's last remaining statewide office. Second-term Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday defeated fourth-term Attorney General Jim Hood in the Mississippi governor’s race. “I want to be the governor for all Mississippians, and I’m going to work ...

680 arrested in largest US immigration raids in a decade

U.S. 08/08/19, 08:15

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Wednesday, Aug. 7, that its officers had raided seven food processing plants in Mississippi and arrested 680 mostly Latino workers in what a federal prosecutor described as "the largest single-state immigration enforcement operation in our nation's history." The raids, planned months ago, happened just hours ...

Barry drenches Gulf Coast, but initially spares New Orleans

U.S. 07/14/19, 06:06

Weakened but still potent, Barry inundated the Gulf Coast but appeared unlikely to deluge New Orleans as it continued its slow advance, though it brought fresh fears of flash flooding to Mississippi's capital city Sunday morning. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards on Saturday night urged residents across south Louisiana to stay ...

Memphis police appeal for calm after marshals kill black man

U.S. 06/13/19, 20:26

Police appealed for calm Thursday in a tense Memphis neighborhood where a rock-throwing crowd gathered after federal marshals fatally shot a black man who, authorities said, had rammed a police vehicle with a stolen car. Thirty-six officers suffered minor injuries from flying rocks and bricks in the hours following the death ...

Floodwaters test sandbag fortifications around Missouri

U.S. 06/05/19, 16:30

The flooding Missouri and Mississippi rivers were testing sandbag fortifications Wednesday as surging waters making their way downstream rose to some of their highest levels in more than two decades in parts of Missouri.The Missouri River had been projected to start falling in Jefferson City but first rose above its ...

In racial campground gun case, white woman faces misdemeanor

U.S. 06/04/19, 16:51

A white Mississippi woman accused of brandishing a handgun at an African American couple while telling them to leave a campground faces a misdemeanor charge.The Oktibbeha (awk-TIB'-ih-hah) County Sheriff's Department says 70-year-old Ruby Nell Howell of Starkville turned herself in Tuesday and was released on bond. A sheriff's department news ...

Catfish, rice, Navy ships: Cochran spending leaves legacy

U.S. 06/01/19, 09:17

Former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran was a master of the federal budget process, quietly shrugging off criticism about pork-barrel spending while directing billions of dollars back to his home state of Mississippi.Cochran died Thursday at age 81. He was the 10th longest-serving senator in U.S. history and wielded power for ...

Update: 2 senators to speak at ex-Sen. Cochran’s funeral

U.S. 05/31/19, 17:59

The Latest on funeral services for former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (all times local):5:50 p.m.Leaders of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee will speak at the funeral of Thad Cochran, who was chairman of the committee for several years.An American flag flies at half-staff for former Mississippi U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, ...

Former US Sen. Cochran’s funeral set for Mississippi Capitol

U.S. 05/31/19, 10:23

A funeral will be held next week in the Mississippi Capitol for former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, a Republican who represented the state for 45 years.Cochran died Thursday at a veterans' nursing home in Oxford, Mississippi. He was 81.Coleman Funeral Home says visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at ...

Former US Sen. Thad Cochran, ‘Quiet Persuader,’ dies at 81

U.S. 05/30/19, 19:35

In the Washington political scene of bombast and big egos, Republican Thad Cochran of Mississippi wielded power with a quiet, gentlemanly demeanor. He played piano in his Capitol Hill office and dashed off handwritten notes of thanks or congratulations to constituents. The white conservative reared in the segregationist the Deep South ...

Lawsuit calls Mississippi’s way of choosing governors racist

U.S. 05/30/19, 16:13

In 1890, as white politicians across the South cracked down on the black population with Jim Crow laws, Mississippi inserted into its constitution an unusually high bar for getting elected governor or winning any other statewide office.The provision, which remains in force to this day, says candidates must win not ...

Things to know about NCAA baseball regionals

Baseball 05/30/19, 13:29

The NCAA baseball tournament opens Friday with play in 16 double-elimination regionals. Regional winners advance to best-of-three super regionals next week, and the final eight go to the College World Series in Omaha beginning June 15. Some of the top story lines:WHO'S HOTCentral Michigan has won 18 games in a ...

Former US Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi dies at 81

Politics 05/30/19, 11:05

Former U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, who served 45 years in Washington and used seniority to steer billions of dollars to his home state of Mississippi, has died. He was 81. Cochran's final chief of staff, Brad White, said Cochran died Thursday at a veterans' nursing home in Oxford, Mississippi. "I've never known ...

Lawsuit: Mississippi has racist way of choosing governors

U.S. 05/30/19, 10:00

A new lawsuit by three African American residents of Mississippi seeks to block what it calls the state's racist method of electing the governor and other statewide officials.The federal lawsuit being filed Thursday takes aim at Mississippi's unique requirement that candidates for statewide office must win both a majority of ...

No end seen to struggle as Mississippi flood enters month 4

U.S. 05/29/19, 08:13

Larry Walls should have been out working in his fields last week. Instead, his John Deere tractor is parked on high ground, just beyond the reach of the ever-encroaching floodwaters in the southern Mississippi Delta.Four months into what seems like a never-ending flood, he's trying to stay busy. He pressure-washed ...

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