Welfare scandal sharpens contrasts in long-poor Mississippi
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families is supposed to help some of the poorest people, and Mississippi has long been one of the poorest states in the U.S. But a welfare misspending scandal in Republican-led Mississippi has ensnared high-profile people, including retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre.
Favre asks to be dismissed from Mississippi welfare lawsuit
Retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre is asking to be removed from a civil lawsuit by the state of Mississippi that seeks to recover millions of dollars in misspent welfare money that was intended to help some of the poorest people in the U.S. An attorney for Favre filed papers Monday saying the Mississippi Department of Human Services “groundlessly and irresponsibly seeks to blame Favre for its own grossly improper and unlawful handling of welfare funds and its own failure to properly monitor...
Texts: Favre also sought welfare money for football facility
New court documents show retired NFL quarterback Brett Favre texted the Mississippi governor in 2019 to ask about getting money from the state's welfare agency to build an indoor practice facility for the University of Southern Mississippi’s football team.
Rapper Genesis Be's long battle versus the Confederate flag
Genesis Be helped ignite a nationwide conversation around the Confederate emblem as part of Mississippi's state flag until the flag was retired in June. (AP Photo/Federica Narancio)NEW YORK The path that brought rapper and activist Genesis Be to a New York City stage, her body draped in a Confederate flag and a noose hung around her neck, was a long one. ___After her stage performance went viral, she gathered a group of high school friends and other Mississippians in 2017 to discuss the state flag. Shes not trying to disrespect anybodys ancestors, her childhood friend, Louis McFall, says in 'Should the Confederate Flag Still Fly in Mississippi?' "That symbol has been in our state flag for 120 years.
Lobbying grows against Mississippi's rebel-themed flag
Isiac Jackson calls for a change in the Mississippi state flag, Thursday, June 25, 2020, during a news conference at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. The current flag has in the canton portion of the banner the design of the Civil War-era Confederate battle flag, that has been the center of a long-simmering debate about its removal or replacement. Well, the Klan used the Stars and Stripes more than it used the battle flag. The announcement came a day after the Southeastern Conference made a similar declaration aimed at the Mississippi state flag. Speaking to Mississippi legislators facing a decision about the flag, Buckley said: Youve been given the right crisis needed to do this.