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Analysis: Wicker says Yazoo pumps would alleviate injustice

Jul. 25, 2021 17:07 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Installing massive pumps to drain water from the south Mississippi Delta would be a way to fight environmental injustice because the pumps would help low-income and minority residents whose lives are disrupted by flooding, Republican U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of...

Advocacy group calls for slavery reparations in Mississippi

Jun. 26, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Leo Carney doesn’t want Congress to stop with Juneteenth. The co-founder of the Mississippi chapter of the American Descendants of Slavery wants to see reparations paid to the majority of Black Mississippians who trace their lineage to chattel...

Land from former slave market donated to US park service

Jun. 18, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — The National Park Service on Friday accepted a Mississippi city's donation of land at a site that was once one of the largest slave markets in the United States. The federal agency eventually will develop exhibits that tell the history of Forks of...

Lawmakers agree NCAA needs NIL help, but how much and when?

Jun. 09, 2021 16:06 PM EDT

A federal law governing how college athletes can earn money off their fame and celebrity seems certain to pass — at some point. There is no real debate among lawmakers on Capitol Hill about whether athletes should be permitted to monetize their name, image and likeness....

Senate passes bill to boost US tech industry, counter rivals

Jun. 08, 2021 21:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that aims to boost U.S. semiconductor production and the development of artificial intelligence and other technology in the face of growing international competition, most notably from China. The 68-32...

Mississippi group honors fictional man in 'Ode to Billy Joe'

Jun. 04, 2021 18:24 PM EDT

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — A group of Mississippi residents gathered on a sleepy, dusty Delta day to remember the fictional Billy Joe McAllister where — as the 1967 hit song had it — he ended his life when he jumped off the Tallahatchie bridge. The Greenwood...

WH legislative team pursues 'politics is personal' strategy

May. 29, 2021 00:44 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The calls can come late in the day, over the weekend, really any time a question pops into the mind of a legislator or aide. The meetings may dispense pleasantries from Team Biden — or get testy. The topic can be one arcane fact or a deep dive into the nuances of policy....

Biden, GOP senators upbeat, plan more infrastructure talks

May. 14, 2021 00:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After meeting at the White House, President Joe Biden and a group of Republican senators agreed to talk again early next week as negotiations intensified over a potentially bipartisan infrastructure package that could become one piece of the administration’s ambitious $4...

Biden, GOP senators upbeat, plan more infrastructure talks

May. 13, 2021 17:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — After meeting at the White House, President Joe Biden and a group of Republican senators agreed to talk again early next week as negotiations intensified Thursday over a potentially bipartisan infrastructure package that could become one piece of the administration’s...

Online speech shield under fire as Trump Facebook ban stays

May. 08, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lurking beneath Facebook's decision on whether to continue Donald Trump's suspension from its platform is a far more complex and consequential question: Do the protections carved out for companies when the internet was in its infancy 25 years ago make sense when some of...