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October 06, 2018 - 12:00 am


Letter: Name Ole Miss journalism school for black reporter

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — After a Facebook post by a prominent University of Mississippi donor was denounced as racist, some professors say the university should rename its journalism school for an African-American journalist who crusaded against lynching.

Ida B. Wells-Barnett was born a slave in Mississippi in 1862. She became an investigative reporter in nearby Memphis, Tennessee, and denounced racial violence.

Ole Miss donor Ed Meek has asked that his name be removed from the journalism school after he posted photos of two black women last month and suggested property values could drop.

A letter from 62 Ole Miss professors and several instructors and graduate students was published Friday in the student newspaper, The Daily Mississippian, suggesting the journalism school be named for Wells-Barnett. They also suggest starting journalism scholarships for black women.


Mississippi has Monday deadline to register new voters

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi residents are facing a deadline if they want to cast ballots in the federal midterm election.

New voters have until 5 p.m. Monday to register, and forms are available at circuit clerks' offices. Because post offices are closed Monday, there's a Tuesday postmark deadline to mail the forms.

The Nov. 6 ballot has two U.S. Senate races — one for a full six-year term and a special election to fill the final two years of a term. Each of the four U.S. House districts has a race.

Also on the ballot are races for appellate court, circuit court and chancery court judges.

A few districts will also fill empty legislative seats.

If runoffs are needed for the special Senate election, judicial or legislative races, they will be Nov. 27.


South Carolina airport to add nonstop flights to Florida

(Information from: The State,

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's capital city is getting new, nonstop jet service to Orlando, Florida.

The State newspaper reports that Via Airlines will begin flying from Columbia Metropolitan Airport to Orlando.

Via was founded in 1997 and is headquartered at Orlando Sanford International Airport.

The company says it offers flights from Orlando to communities that include Tallahassee, Florida; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Charlotte, North Carolina; Jackson, Mississippi; and the Alabama cities of Mobile and Montgomery.

The airline says its new Columbia-Orlando route will begin on Dec. 3.



The Latest: Hyde-Smith swears she never voted for Clinton

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi is denouncing an opponent's claim that she voted for Hillary Clinton.

Hyde-Smith spoke Friday evening in a telephone town hall meeting arranged by her campaign. She said: "I could swear to you on a stack of Bibles that would go through the roof of the building we are standing in — I have never and would never vote for Hillary Clinton."

The senator faces three challengers in November. Republican Chris McDaniel frequently says Hyde-Smith voted for Clinton in a 2008 Democratic primary.

Hyde-Smith served 11 years in the state Senate as a Democrat before switching parties in late 2010.

Hyde-Smith remains in Washington as the Senate moves toward a confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, whom she supports.



Ed secretary sees online science lessons in Mississippi

LEXINGTON, Miss. (AP) — Students in a poor part of the Mississippi Delta are receiving high-level science instruction aided by online lessons.

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos went to Holmes County Central High School in Lexington on Thursday to see the Advanced Placement physics class.

Students have a classroom teacher and receive online lessons from instructors at universities, including Yale. DeVos says she wants school districts to try innovative approaches to teaching.

Tawanna Jackson, one of nine students in the physics class, tells the Greenwood Commonwealth that the blended approach provides rigor.

In the district with a 45 percent poverty rate, money problems persist.

Holmes County Superintendent James Henderson tells the Clarion-Ledger that he attended the high school 33 years ago. He says the biology labs didn't work then and are "barely working now."


Plane crash lands on Mississippi highway

QUITMAN, Miss. (AP) — A small, single-engine plane has crash landed on a Mississippi highway following engine trouble.

News outlets report it happened about 4 p.m. Friday on Highway 45 in Clarke County.

Clarke County Sheriff Todd Kemp says Meridian pilot Boyd Williams landed his plane about four miles south of the Lauderdale-Clarke County border.

Kemp says there were no injuries.

Authorities say the plane, a 1946 North American Navion, is registered to Boyd Williams Real Estate.

An investigation into what caused the emergency landing is under way.

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