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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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Power brokers in Mississippi politics

Who’s the most powerful political figure in Mississippi? Gov. Phil Bryant? Sen. Thad Cochran? Or perhaps Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. Editor Don Whitten writes about the privileges and duties of the lieutenant governor in Mississippi in making the point that Reeves is certainly near the top of the list. (February 18, 2015, Page 4A)

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    Miss. shows the way with vaccination rate

    Editor Don Whitten takes a look at the ongoing measles outbreak and points to gains made in Mississippi with infectious diseases by requiring vaccinations for school youngsters some four decades ago. Perhaps, he writes, this is one time the nation can learn a positive lesson from Mississippi. (February 16, 2015, Page 4)

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      A terrible truth that needs to be remembered

      News Editor Jonathan Scott takes a look at a recent report titled “Lunching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror” and notes that communities should make a determined effort to remember and mark sites of these racial injustices so they can be discussed and explored more openly. (February 13, 2015, Page 4A)

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        Bad winter weather much milder around here

        Bad weather is relative, Editor Don Whitten points out. People in the South are concerned about temperatures in the 30s with winds 10-20 mph on Thursday. In the Northeast, they’re worried about another big snow added on to the long winter and big drifts they already have. (February 11, 2015, Page 4A)

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          Brian Williams’ words may prove costly

          Editor Don Whitten takes a look at a new word in his vocabulary — conflating — and how it relates to NBC News anchor Brian Williams and his problems after apparently telling several different stories about an incident 12 years ago when he was covering news in the Middle East. (February 9, 2015, Page 4)

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            Super Bowl hero shows value of hard work, determination

            Publisher Tim Phillips takes a look at the life and challenges that Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler of Vicksburg has faced, noting that Butler is a great example to the youth of today that you can live out your dreams. (February 8, 2015, Page 4A)

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              Approving an initiative can be a challenge

              Editor Don Whitten tries to explain the initiative process and requirements in Mississippi by making a comparison to a bill that would make the Monday after the Super Bowl a federal holiday. (February 4, 2015, Page 4A)

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                Take any, and all, precautions with the flu

                Editor Don Whitten urged readers, last fall, to get their flu shots. Now, back at work after an entended bout with the flu — that wasn’t stopped by his shot — he writes about taking any and all efforts to ward off the illness. (February 1, 2015, Page 4A)

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                  Voice, face of EAGLE office will be missed

                  The voice and face of The Oxford EAGLE’s front office for the past 15 years is taking time for herself as she moves into retirement. Publisher Tim Phillips relates a conversation with office manager Cathy Herren on her last day as a full-time regular employee at the newspaper. (January 30, 2015, Page 4A)

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                    Perception of vehicles changes over time

                    Assistant News Editor Jeff Eubanks and his wife are in the market for a new vehicle and with all the amenities in newer model automobiles these days, Eubanks discusses the “luxuries” of his first vehicle. (January 23, 2015, Page 4)

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