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‘I have never been so beat down’: As the clock ticks on legal abortion, tensions rise outside the state’s only clinic

On Friday morning, Brooke Jones was at work at Mississippi’s only abortion clinic, performing an ultrasound, when her aunt called – twice. “She usually doesn’t call when I’m at work,” Jones, a sonogram and lab tech at the clinic, said. “I called her back when I finished my patient up. She was like, ‘Have you heard? I said, ‘Heard what?’ She said, ‘They overturned it.’”
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Arrest warrant for woman who accused Emmett Till found nearly 67 years later in courthouse basement

An unserved arrest warrant in the lynching case of Black teenager Emmett Till nearly 70 years ago has been found in the basement of a Mississippi courthouse. The original warrant is for Carolyn Bryant Donham and is dated Aug. 29, 1955. It was found last week by a search group in a file folder in a box in the Leflore County courthouse, the Associated Press reported Wednesday.
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Marshall Ramsey: The Landing

As the old saying goes, any landing you can walk away from is a good landing. By listening more intently and understanding the people who make up Mississippi’s communities, our reporters put a human face on how policy affects everyday Mississippians. We’re listening closely to our readers to help us continue to align our work with the needs and priorities of people from all across Mississippi. Please take a few minutes to tell us what’s on your mind by clicking the button below.
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The Tomato Place, a Mississippi treasure

Twenty-two years ago, The Tomato Place was nothing more than one of four fruit and veggie stands run by Luke Hughes. “I was here sorting tomatoes, when this guy comes up, takes a look at my tomatoes and asks if we could make him a sandwich. I made him a sandwich. Guess he must’ve really liked it,” Hughes says with a chuckle. “Because the very next day, he came back for another one. The rest, as they say, is history.”
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Podcast: The Ole Miss Rebels did it!

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Mississippi legislative committees created after abortion decision

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann on Monday announced he was creating a nine-member “Senate Study Group on Women, Children and Families” after the U.S. Supreme Court’s abortion decision last week. In a press release, Hosemann said the committee would be tasked with making recommendations to the Legislature...