Top stories in Mississippi during 2015 - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Top stories in Mississippi during 2015

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Debate over the Confederate battle emblem in the Mississippi state's flag is the top state news story of 2015.

The deaths of nine black worshipers at a South Carolina church in June played a pivotal role in a national debate over Confederate symbols. The white man charged in the slayings had posed with the Confederate banner in photos posted online.

Several cities and counties, and two universities, stopped flying the state flag.

Republican Gov. Phil Bryant said if the issue is going to be revisited, it should happen during the November 2016 election.

Here are some of the other top stories selected by The Associated Press.

  • Gov. Bryant winning re-election over a truck driver
  • Two Hattiesburg police officers killed during a traffic stop
  • The death of music legend B.B. King
  • The defeat of the school funding amendment
  • The state's Supreme Court allowing a lesbian couple to divorce

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