New law on liquor ads takes effect July 1

By John C. Henegan Sr.

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John Henegan

In the exercise of its powers under the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution, the State Legislature recently amended the state law regulating liquor advertising and signage, Miss. Code § 67-1-85 (2016).

Under the current law it is unlawful for a newspaper in a “dry” municipality, county, or judicial district to publish liquor advertising even if the advertising only appears in papers only distributed in a “wet” municipality, county, or judicial district.

The title to S.B. No. 2345 sums up the change:  The new law “DELETE[S] THE PROVISION THAT MAKES IT UNLAWFUL FOR ANY ADVERTISEMENT OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES TO ORIGINATE IN ANY MUNICIPALITY, COUNTY OR JUDICIAL DISTRICT WHICH HAS NOT VOTED TO LEGALIZE THE SALE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES . . . .”

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Secrecy abounds in selection process of university leaders

By Jimmie Gates
The Clarion-Ledger

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Jimmie Gates

I have a keen interest in who becomes the next president of Jackson State University.

I’m an alumni of JSU and believe historic black colleges and universities serve a vital role in higher education.

The next president selected will be JSU’s 11th permanent president.

I can’t tell the state College Board who to select, but I know that we need stable, good leadership at the flagship historic black college in Mississippi.

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Dallas Morning News editor will give convention keynote

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Mike Wilson

The editor of The Dallas Morning News will give the keynote address at the Joint Convention of the Mississippi and Louisiana press associations July 6 in Biloxi.

Mike Wilson, who joined the paper in February 2015, will speak during the opening luncheon. He’ll discuss the paper’s efforts at innovation, as well as his response to claims the media has become an “enemy” of the public interest.

Wilson began his career at the Miami Herald, where he worked for 12 years as a writer and editor. He joined the St. Petersburg Times in 1994, serving for 18 years as a writer, editor and, finally, managing editor. The newspaper won two Pulitzers during his tenure.

In 2013 he moved to ESPN in New York to become the founding managing editor of Nate Silver’s data journalism website, FiveThirtyEight.

Wilson graduated from Tufts University in 1983 with degrees in English literature and drama. He has written two books, “Right on the Edge of Crazy” (1993), about the U.S. downhill ski team, and “The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison” (1997), about the founder of Oracle Corporation.

He and his wife, Alisa Jenkins Wilson, live in Dallas and have three children: Dyami and twins Lena and Kirby.

For more information on the Joint Convention agenda or to register, visit the event webpage. 

Halberstam’s memory of Mississippi persevered

This column was originally written April 24, 2007.

By Layne Bruce

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Layne Bruce

We are what we remember. More to the point, the memories we collect through our lifetimes are really what define us as individuals.

David Halberstam knew this.

When he was interviewed by correspondent Russ Mitchell for the CBS News program “Sunday Morning” in January, Halberstam, the Pulitzer-prize winning author and journalist, reminisced about the early days of his career. He was joined in the exercise by friends and fellow writers Gay Talese and A.E. Hotchner at one of the trio’s favorite restaurants in New York City.

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