By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – The number of Mississippi leaders endorsing changing the state flag is growing. On Wednesday, both of the state’s United States senators – Thad Cochran of Oxford and Roger Wicker of Tupelo – endorsed changing the state flag to remove the controversial Confederate battle emblem as part […]

Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Four Confederate flags have been removed from the grounds of the Alabama Capitol at the order of Republican Gov. Robert Bentley. They came down Wednesday. Bentley says he issued the order late Tuesday after ensuring he had the authority. He says it’s important to honor history but that it can […]

By Emma Crawford Daily Journal TUPELO – The current debate about Mississippi’s Confederate battle flag emblem echoes the state’s 2001 referendum to remove the symbol from its flag. The latest round began after Republican Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn called the emblem offensive and said it needs to be removed from the state flag. The […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – No changes will be made to Mississippi’s state flag, replete with the Confederate battle emblem in its design, unless Gov. Phil Bryant chooses to act. Even though powerful House Speaker Phil Gunn, R-Clinton, surprised many political observers late Monday when he said the flag “needs to […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal Jackson Bureau JACKSON – Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who presides over the Senate, stopped far short of endorsing House Speaker Philip Gunn’s call for removing the Confederate emblem from the Mississippi state flag. Gunn’s surprising comments came Monday night after South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and other leading politicians there […]

By Bobby Harrison Daily Journal JACKSON – Two state senators, both Democrats and desk mates in the Senate chamber for the past four sessions, are locked in a legal dispute over residency issues. Retired Circuit Judge Frank Vollor of Vicksburg, appointed to hear the case, issued a ruling last week that two-term incumbent Bill Stone […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Absentee voting started Monday and at least one name on Lee County ballots is no longer a candidate. The Mississippi Supreme Court is considering removing the name of a second candidate. “We are telling people as they come in to vote absentee, and we will put up signs […]

By Jeff Amy Associated Press JACKSON – Mississippi’s attorney general says the nation’s largest tobacco company will pay the state $15 million to settle claims that it was underreporting the number of cigarettes it was shipping to the state. On Monday, Attorney General Jim Hood announced the settlement with Reynolds American of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. […]

By Emily Wagster Pettus and Claire Galofaro Associated Press JACKSON – A top Mississippi lawmaker says the Confederate battle emblem is offensive and needs to be removed from the state flag. Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn said Monday that remembering our past is important, “but that does not mean we must let it define us.” […]