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A Mississippi Reckoning: Film Shows Battle to Change State Flag About Identity Itself

In “Look Away, Look Away,” filmmaker Patrick O’Connor captures the battle to change, or keep, Mississippi’s state flag by turning his lens on Mississippians who made the flag fight their fight. In five years of filming, he came to see the debate as about more than the flag. The story is about identity itself: “It’s about who you think you are,” O’Connor says.

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Hinds County residents lined up to vote absentee in person

Harrison, Hinds Closed Most Polling Places Since 2013 Holder Decision Lifting Election Oversight

In the seven years since the Holder decision, Mississippi has closed 6% of its precincts, a total loss of 120 polling places across the state. The two counties that have experienced the largest precinct loss since Shelby County vs. Holder are also the two most populous counties in the state: Hinds and Harrison, each with a population well over 200,000. 

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Mississippi’s For-profit Nursing Homes See More COVID Deaths, Infections; Black Residents Hit Harder

Four in 10 residents was the average number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in those for-profit long-term-care facilities. One possible factor: The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration had already cited 80% of Mississippi’s nursing homes for infection-control problems before the pandemic hit.

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