Mississippi Star

Mississippi’s American Idol contestant Jasmine Murray, center, is honored Friday, March, 27, 2009, in the Senate Chamber at the Capitol in Jackson. State Sen. Terry Brown, left, Vicki Lambert, executive director of the Mississippi School for the Arts, and her mother, Lisa Murray, attend the ceremony. Murray, a student at the Mississippi School for the Arts in Brookhaven, Miss., is a member of American Idol’s Top 13. (AP Photo/The Clarion-Ledger, Greg Jenson)

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