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Mississippi author's book gets turned into an HBO series

Jul. 26, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — The Quinn Colson series by Oxford author Ace Atkins is being developed into a TV show on HBO. The books are about Colson, who is a former Army Ranger who has returned to his home in Tibbehah County, located in rural northeast Mississippi, has been overrun with corruption, drugs, and...

Reeves appoints Holly Springs attorney as circuit judge

Jul. 21, 2020 6:00 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Gov. Tate Reeves has appointed another new circuit court judge for seven counties in northern Mississippi. The governor's office said in a news release Tuesday that Kent E. Smith of Holly Springs will succeed John A. Gregory of Okolona in the 3rd Circuit Court District. Gregory...

In this Tuesday, June 16, 2020 photo, a Confederate monument is pictured in front of the Lauderdale County Courthouse in Meridian, Miss. A group is calling for the removal of the monument. (Bill Graham/The Meridian Star via AP)

2 more Mississippi boards vote to keep Confederate statues

Jul. 20, 2020 6:50 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Supervisors in two Mississippi counties voted Monday not to move Confederate monuments that stand in front of courthouses. One vote happened Neshoba County, where three civil rights workers were killed and buried in an earthen dam in 1964 in what the FBI called the...

The Confederate statue located in the Circle at the University of Mississippi is lowered to the ground as part of the process to move it to the Confederate Soldiers Cemetery on campus in Oxford, Miss. Tuesday, July 14, 2020.  (AP Photo/Bruce Newman)

Analysis: Confederate monuments undergo renewed scrutiny

Jul. 19, 2020 5:00 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A growing number of Mississippi counties are planning to move Confederate monuments that have stood outside courthouses for more than a century. And the University of Mississippi last week moved a rebel soldier statue that has long been a divisive symbol on the Oxford campus. Research...

Ole Miss leader sorry for handling of Confederate statue

Jul. 17, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The University of Mississippi chancellor apologized Friday for how he handled the relocation of a Confederate monument that has been a divisive symbol on the Oxford campus, including plans that critics said could create a shrine to Old South. Workers moved the monument Tuesday from a...

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann, center, and House Speaker Philip Gunn, R-Clinton, listen as Reuben Anderson, chairman of the board of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, speaks about the retired Mississippi state flag during its retirement ceremony at Two Mississippi Museums in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Some chosen to design Mississippi flag without rebel symbol

Jul. 15, 2020 8:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A mayor, a former state Supreme Court justice and a community college president are among the people chosen to design a new Mississippi flag to replace one state officials recently retired because it included the Confederate battle emblem that's widely condemned as racist. A...

Reeves names ex-state Sen. Gray Tollison as circuit judge

Jul. 15, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former lawmaker who served six terms in the Mississippi Senate has been appointed as a state circuit court judge. Republican Gov. Tate Reeves on Wednesday appointed Gray Tollison of Oxford to a seat on the 3rd Circuit Court District. The appointment fills a vacancy after Judge...

The Confederate statue located in the Circle at the University of Mississippi is lowered to the ground as part of the process to move it to the Confederate Soldiers Cemetery on campus, in Oxford, Miss. Tuesday, July 14, 2020. (Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle via AP)

Ole Miss moves Confederate statue from prominent campus spot

Jul. 14, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Confederate monument that’s long been a divisive symbol at the University of Mississippi was removed Tuesday from a prominent spot on the Oxford campus, just two weeks after Mississippi surrendered the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem. The marble...

John Lewis, left, and Sonniah Ramirez, 12, protest for the removal of the Confederate monument that stands on the Lowndes County Courthouse lawn, Monday, June 15, 2020 in Columbus, Miss. Lewis was protesting by himself when Ramirez approached him and offered to join in his protest. (Claire Hassler/The Commercial Dispatch, via AP)

At least 4 Mississippi counties to move Confederate statues

Jul. 8, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — At least four Mississippi counties have decided recently to move Confederate monuments away from courthouses as widespread protests over racial injustice are renewing debate over symbols that many consider divisive. “I don't want to pass this problem to the next...

Mississippi board votes 'no' on moving Confederate monument

Jul. 8, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Officials in a Mississippi county unanimously voted to keep a Confederate monument where it stands, saying moving the statue wouldn't fix racial tensions. In a 5-0 vote, the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors rejected a proposal to relocate the Confederate statue, which stands in...