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Al Rankins Jr.

Al Rankins Jr., Mississippi's new commissioner of higher education, is planning a listening tour to meet with students, faculty, staff and others.

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Emmett Till

A 2017 book that revealed lies by a key figure in the Emmett Till case has prompted the U.S government to renew its investigation into the brutal 1955 slaying, a ...

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Maxine Greenleaf

Maxine Greenleaf, executive director of communications and marketing at Jackson State University, became president of the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi for 2018 to 2019 starting on July 1.

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Ozzie Albies

Four Atlanta Braves have been named to the 2018 All-Star Game, including former Mississippi Braves star Ozhaino "Ozzie" Albies, who made the National League team as a reserve second baseman.

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Richard Miles

Richard Miles, medical director of Merit Health Central's emergency department and owner of Hops & Habanas, got his start as a business owner due to a medical problem.

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Deborah Hunter

Deborah Hunter, a Ridgeland resident and self-taught chef, is coming to Lemuria Books on Saturday, July 14, to hold a book signing for her new cookbook, “My Delicious Mississippi Life: ...

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Shad White

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is appointing Mississippi Justice Institute director Shad White as the new state auditor to serve the rest of departing auditor Stacey Pickering's four-year auditor's term, which ...

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Billy Kinard

Former University of Mississippi football coach and star athlete Billy Kinard died on June 30, 2018, at the age of 84 in his home at Fort Payne, Ala., after an ...

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Maximus Wright, ‘Lola’ and the Future of Local Film

Maximus Wright’s entry into the entertainment world began with a question: Why can’t Mississippi be a destination for film and TV? About six years ago, his daughter, Jaime Wright, approached ...

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Chris Moore Talks Comedy and Terror in 'Triggered'

Jackson filmmaker Chris Moore's latest movie, "Triggered," came from pairing an old idea with some new inspiration.

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Sara Richardson Thomas

A Democrat from the Mississippi Delta is leaving the state House of Representatives. Rep. Sara Richardson Thomas of Indianola says her resignation takes effect Saturday, the last day of the ...

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Camille Young

The Woodward Hines Education Foundation, a nonprofit working to increase college access for young Mississippians, recently named Madison resident Camille Scales Young to its board of directors.

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Tori Bowie

Tori Bowie became an instant star at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. The Sandhill, Miss., native took home three medals in her first time on the United States team.

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Dowell Taylor

Belzoni native Dowell Taylor, 64, is once again the director of bands for Jackson State University and an inductee to the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame.

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Alivia Ashburn-Townsend

Alivia Ashburn-Townsend started her restaurant career off as a server at a restaurant in the Jackson metro area and says that when the kitchen would get backed up, she would ...