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CLARION LEDGER – “Finish the pumps.” Governor points finger at Washington as Barry dumps on the Delta

Gov. Phil Bryant had a strong message to send to leaders at the nation’s capitol Sunday as he toured the Yazoo Basin in Warren County as Tropical Depression Barry continued to dump rain.

“There is something somebody can do, but it’s in Washington, D.C.,” he said in an interview shared on MEMA’s Facebook page. “We should have had pumps installed on the edge of the backwater.”

Bryant said the water is at nearly 100 feet in the Yazoo backwater. He called on the Environmental Protection Agency to revisit a 2008 veto of the proposed Yazoo backwater pumps project.

“If we had had pumps like the rest of the country has, we could bring this some 5-7 feet down,” he said.

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HATTIESBURG AMERICAN – School desegregation isn’t ‘ancient history’: What has happened in Cleveland, Miss?

This small Mississippi Delta town serves as a reminder that fierce debates over the integration of black and white students are not a thing of the past.

Two rival high schools in Cleveland, one historically black and the other historically white, had to be merged just two years ago after a judge determined that all-black student bodies in the 3,400-student district were illegal vestiges of segregation. It is one of scores of school districts around the U.S. still facing federal desegregation mandates, and the decision followed a fight over the town’s segregated schools that dates back to 1965.

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MBJ – Bill Crawford: Course changes needed for Mississippi? Yes or no?

Of course, governors are not the only political leaders who can cause course changes. We know from Reeves’ domination of the Mississippi Senate that the Lieutenant Governor has a lot of sway. Gilbert, Philbert, Dilbert, Albert, Delbert (take your choice) Hosemann is the odds on favorite to succeed Reeves. Both he and Democratic nominee Jay Hughes will attempt to take the state in directions not tolerated by Reeves, with Hosemann taking the more conservative path.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives also has sway. Likely to be re-elected in January, current Republican Speaker Philip Gunn has shown he is willing to take alternate paths to those Reeves took.

Another position with sway is that of Attorney General. There will be course changes coming here. The Mike Moore/Jim Hood era is coming to an end. Odds are that in heavily Republican Mississippi one of the GOP candidates will easily win the position over Democratic nominee Jennifer Riley Collins. Longtime GOP leader Andy Taggart, State Treasurer Lynn Fitch, and State Rep. Mark Baker are no peas in a pod either, with each likely to chart different paths from the others.

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