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Clarksdale Mayor Chuck Espy, in a remark clearly born of frustration, said recently he is willing to spend up to $10,000 of his own money to help criminals move away from that nearby Delta city.

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Robert F. Smith is a billionaire hedge fund operator of whom few had heard until his surprising pledge at Sunday’s Morehouse College commencement ceremony made national news and guarantees he’ll be in high demand as a future graduation speaker.

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As Mississippi’s latest effort to limit abortion plays itself out in the courts, the owner of this state’s lone abortion clinic used an odd choice of words to describe the effort to further restrict her ghastly operation.

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Maybe it shouldn’t have taken $5 million and the use of gigantic, portable diesel-powered outdoor floodlights to prove it, but the evidence is in: Extra light at nighttime can reduce serious crimes.

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This is not a big issue in the Delta, as most public schools, under federal rules, qualify to provide all of their students with free lunches, regardless of family income.

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Reporters in this state can testify it’s nearly impossible to get information about an arrest made by the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and other state investigative bodies.

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In 2016, there were 18 Republicans running for president, and that was way too many. This election cycle, Democrats seem determined to outdo their philosophical counterparts, and they have indeed done it.

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Holmes County school officials would not have known three years ago when they hired Dyana Terrelle Thomas that he would get locked up for allegedly having sex with a student of the high school where he has been the assistant principal.

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The Mississippi Hospital Association has made public a plan it’s been privately pushing, with no luck, to Gov. Phil Bryant to expand Medicaid to the working poor.

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Unita Blackwell’s life story was a remarkable one that led others to join her in taking risks to extend the fundamental rights of a democracy to Mississippi’s black citizens. 

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Money may not be everything, but in politics it sure means a lot. And if money is used as a measuring stick in this year’s Mississippi elections, it points to Tate Reeves winning the governor’s race and fellow Republican Delbert Hosemann succeeding Reeves as lieutenant governor.

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President Donald Trump likes to say that China will pay the tariffs he’s set up on about $300 billion worth of the country’s exports to the United States. His top economic adviser says otherwise.

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When the Trump administration started its trade war with China last summer, most farmers stood with the president, even though it cut into one of the largest markets for the crops they grow.

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As the U.S. Justice Department looks into the failed coal gasification plant in Kemper County, a manager heavily involved with the construction claims the cost overruns and delays were well-known but covered up by the plant’s owner, Mississippi Power Co.

It’s taken a while, but the stigma about mental illness is slowly fading in this country. That’s thanks to the educational efforts of the psychiatric community, the advocacy of groups such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness and, perhaps most of all, personal exposure.

Women dying in childbirth is something associated with undeveloped countries or America prior to the 20th century.

It’s surprising that some of the Democrats running for president apparently didn’t pay attention to previous outings of their stingy fellow party members.

America’s rising suicide rate, up 35 percent since 2000, deserves more attention than it’s been getting. A recent report in The Washington Post suggests that pursuing policies that help the working class might help.

Mother Nature has turned into a party pooper for Greenwood. Last weekend, she put a damper on the Que on the Yazoo barbecue festival. This weekend, she’s already caused one outdoor music festival to reschedule for next month and the other to consider moving indoors.

The evidence continues to grow that technology companies, in their determination to develop better products, and make more money, essentially are spying on their customers.

As an increasing number of lower courts rule against election lines drawn for partisan purposes, the situation begs for the U.S. Supreme Court to provide guidance as to what’s legal and what’s not.

Good for Rep. Sally Doty, R-Brookhaven, who was a prime advocate in getting the Mississippi Legislature this year to allow people convicted of felony drug crimes to receive federal food assistance.

Attorney General William Barr has decided he is not subject to congressional oversight, an imperial attitude that cannot be left unchallenged.

For more than 40 years, Holmes County politico Eddie Carthan has played the racial victimization card.

Just when you thought it was safe to forget about the Kemper “clean coal” fiasco, the mess has resurfaced with the revelation that the U.S. Justice Department is investigating the miserably failed experiment.

For decades the Republican Party has tried to ride Ronald Reagan’s coattails, forever hailing the former president as a small-government, low-taxes conservative who was unfailingly patriotic and optimistic.

One sentence Tuesday from The Associated Press perfectly explains everything that’s wrong with Washington:

The inaugural Greenwood Gravel Grind drew a nice turnout of 100 riders Saturday. If it takes off like this city’s other bike ride — Bikes, Blues & Bayous — it will turn this city into the Mississippi epicenter of the cycling community.

The restoration of voting rights is a small step, but a necessary one in getting Mississippi away from its self-destructive habit of putting too many convicted felons under a life sentence long after they get out of prison.

People looking for something to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon missed out if they didn’t take in the performance by the one-man band The Suitcase Junket Sunday at Turnrow Book Co.

One of the mantras of conservatives has been that federal aid should be given to the states in block grants, since they know better than the feds how to tackle the problems the money is supposed to address.

The people running for the Democratic presidential nomination cover just about every possible minority combination. For starters, there are white women, black women, a Hispanic male and a gay man among the 20 announced candidates.

Mississippi education officials are predicting that, even with the state’s intense focus on improving reading skills in the lower elementary grades, about 20 percent of third-graders will receive a failing score on the proficiency test they recently took.

Monday’s Earth Day cleanup was a great success in Greenwood. The number of volunteers and the amount of trash that they collected exceeded organizers’ expectations.

William Barr, who got his job as attorney general because Donald Trump was looking for someone who would construe the law in the president’s favor, has lived up to Trump’s expectations.

Even Donald Trump does not believe the truth of his claim that Robert Mueller’s report is a “complete and total exoneration” of Trump’s presidency.

A new environmental court in Madison could provide a template for Greenwood and other cities to address their longstanding blight problems.

Christians on Sunday celebrate the bedrock moment of their faith, when they believe Jesus Christ rose from the dead after being crucified two days earlier.

The latest Millsaps College/Chism Strategies poll, released earlier this month, provides interesting insights about Mississippi voters in the wake of the upcoming state elections.

Scam artists who use the telephone to hook their victims are well aware that their greatest chances for success occur when an elderly person answers on the other end of the line.

Since everything in life seems to be changing, it should be no surprise that things involving death are, too.

There is a tendency, when talking about Mississippi, to focus heavily on the areas where the state doesn’t do well.

Tiger Woods’ exhilarating triumph at the Masters this past weekend has resurrected the discussion of whether he could still beat Jack Nicklaus’ all-time record of 18 major championships in professional golf.

Here’s a tip for Mississippi lawmakers when considering limits on gifts to public officials: If something’s illegal in let-the-good-times-roll Louisiana, it probably should be here, too.

Dr. Mary Brown, the superintendent who is presiding over the upcoming merger of the Greenwood and Leflore County school districts, says there are no plans to close any schools with the consolidation.

A large education study has reviewed test scores for Americans born between 1954 and 2001 to see whether the achievement gap between wealthier and poorer students has narrowed. The results were disappointing.

The college admissions bribery scandal has provided additional energy to the debate over whether U.S. colleges and universities should stop requiring admissions tests.

More than ever, the American economy and population seem to be heading toward the country’s largest cities. That has left smaller states such as Mississippi, and small towns such as Greenwood, in a fix.

Audit or no audit, Donald Trump will never willingly release his tax returns. He made that obvious when he was running for president in 2016. Nothing has changed since then.

American folklore has it that when a reporter asked 20th century bank robber Willie Sutton why he robbed banks, Sutton replied, “Because that’s where the money is.”

We wish the rest of the nation could have witnessed the fun and harmony of Jackson’s massive St. Paddy’s Day Parade, which attracted tens of thousands of revelers. It was a peaceful day of fun, and the weather was magnificent. The floats weren’t fancy or high falutin’, but the joy and laught…

Delbert Hosemann, the Republican secretary of state who is running for lieutenant governor, must have surprised his audience of educators Saturday when he made a promise to keep raising teacher pay.

Since its ratification in 1789, the U.S. Constitution has been amended 27 times. The last time was in 1992, when the Constitution was amended to delay any congressional pay raise until after the next election.