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 […]

GRENADA (AP) – Grenada County’s circuit clerk is resigning, saying that issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples violates her religious beliefs. Linda Barnette submitted her resignation letter Tuesday to the Grenada County Board of Supervisors. Grenada County Chancery Clerk Johnny Haward says supervisors voted to name Michele Redditt as acting circuit clerk. Advocates say clerks […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi’s only abortion clinic will likely remain open at least until the fall, because the U.S. Supreme Court is taking no action until then on a dispute over a state law that could close it. The justices’ silence Tuesday on an appeal by the state means a […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Casey Wilson, 24, and John Stevens, 26, were issued a same-sex marriage license Monday afternoon, just hours after Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood gave the green light. “We weren’t trying to be the first couple, it just worked out that way,” said Wilson. “I was watching Facebook and […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus Associated Press JACKSON – Protesters are calling on Mississippi to erase the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, saying it’s a divisive symbol that fails to represent a state where more than one-third of residents are African-American. Jackson attorney Chokwe Antar Lumumba said the flag embodies hatred and represents “a […]