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By ELENA BECATOROS and DEMETRIS NELLAS Associated Press ATHENS, Greece – Greece lurched into uncharted territory and an uncertain future in Europe’s common currency Sunday after voters overwhelmingly rejected demands by international creditors for more austerity measures in exchange for a bailout of its bankrupt economy. Results showed 61 percent voted “no,” compared with 38 […]

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By JEFF AMY Associated Press SOUTHAVEN – A battle to shape the Republican membership of Mississippi’s House of Representatives is playing out door to door in DeSoto County. The Memphis suburb will have seven House seats partially or entirely within its bounds after the next election, including two new seats added in redistricting. All the […]

By Rod Guajardo Daily Journal TUPELO – Halfway through his four-year term as mayor of Tupelo, Jason Shelton has seen plenty of highs and lows in his hometown. The roller coaster he and his administration have been riding for the last two years started early on with back-to-back tragedies and recently ascended with back-to-back municipal […]

By Jack Elliott Jr. Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has asked the state Supreme Court to allow a lesbian couple to seek a divorce. Hood sided Thursday with a similar request filed by the attorney for Lauren Czekala-Chatham, who argued a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on June 26 requires all states […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – The national president of a civil-rights group says Confederate symbols represent “treason” and should be removed from public objects, including the Mississippi state flag. Charles Steele Jr., head of the Atlanta-based Southern Christian Leadership Conference, said Wednesday at the Mississippi Capitol that Confederate names should disappear from […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Gov. Phil Bryant remains opposed to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, but he’s stopping his court fight against it. In a letter Wednesday, Bryant’s lawyer asks the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to return a Mississippi gay marriage lawsuit to U.S. District Judge […]

By Julie Pace AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. and Cuba will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington, heralding a “new chapter” in relations after a half-century of hostility. “We don’t have to be imprisoned by the past,” Obama said from White House Rose Garden. “Americans […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Several new laws in Mississippi will impact people’s everyday lives. Here’s a look at some proposals approved by the Legislature during the 2015 session and signed into law by Republican Gov. Phil Bryant: LAWS TAKING EFFECT TODAY INSPECTION STICKERS – House Bill 982 eliminates the $5 annual […]

By Michaela Gibson Morris Daily Journal TUPLEO – Along with picnics and fireworks, this Fourth of July will include voter registration. Through quirks of the calendar and state law, county circuit clerks offices will be closed Friday in observance of Independence Day, but open on July 4. Voters will be able to register from 8 […]