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JACKSON — Five Mississippi locations are among the 138 stores nationwide that J.C. Penney Co. will close in the coming months, but the Greenwood store on Park Avenue will remain open.

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Sen. Lydia Chassaniol’s proposal to dissolve the Mississippi Arts Commission and absorb its functions into the tourism division of the Mississippi Development Authority is meeting with opposition from the arts community across the state and locally.

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JACKSON — Mississippi Republican Gov. Phil Bryant says he thinks it’s wrong that a presidential candidate could be elected by focusing on larger “liberal” states and ignoring smaller ones.

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JACKSON — The state chamber of commerce has unveiled a banner to celebrate Mississippi’s bicentennial.

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WIGGINS — Stone High School’s football team was making a name for itself as the Tomcats turned around years of mediocrity with a winning season under the school’s first-year coach.

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JACKSON — A man has been charged with murder in the shooting deaths of three people in Montgomery County Wednesday, and authorities said the suspect is a onetime jailhouse informant whose testimony helped convict another man of four 1996 killings.