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Early next month, Mississippi will elect a new governor—but it may not be the Mississippi public who elects him.

Republican Governor Phil Bryant is coming to the end of his second term, setting the stage for a showdown between current Republican Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves and Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood.

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On Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump gave updates on Hurricane Dorian from the Oval Office.

He brandished a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) map that, instead of depicting the most recent trajectory of the hurricane, showed a six day old, inaccurate forecast. What's more, someone altered the map with a black permanent marker to show the hurricane moving toward Alabama, justifying a false claim made by Trump two days earlier—a claim instantly refuted by the National Weather Service.

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Mississippi gubernatorial candidate and Tea Party Republican Robert Foster is in hot water after refusing to let a local female reporter shadow his campaign unless a male colleague was present.

People immediately began accusing Foster of sexism for denying professional, talented women reporters equal access to his campaign on the basis of their sex.

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Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith peaks out from behind a curtain before a rally with US President Donald Trump at Landers Center Ð Arena in Southaven, Mississippi, on October 2, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Mississippi Republican Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith—appointed to the position in April 2018 by Governor Phil Bryant to replace resigning Senator Thad Cochran—made the evening news cycle steadily over the last few weeks.

Hyde-Smith faces a run-off against Democratic challenger Mike Espy—United States Secretary of Agriculture under President Bill Clinton. Espy was the first African American to hold that cabinet position and the first from the deep South.

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Basics: Orleans Parish Prison (O.P.P), New Orleans, Louisiana. This is the juvenile wing of the Orleans Parish Prison. The air conditioning is not working. There was a fight there the night before, so they have taken away privileges of TVs, cards, and dominos. It currently houses about 23 juvenile boys, two per cell. The cell at its narrowest portion measures about 6 feet wide. OPP is controlled by Sheriff Marlin Gusman. It is a minimal supervision facility.

[DIGEST: Vice, HuffPo, Clarion Ledger, Daily Kos]

The United States has the largest prison population in the world. More than 2.2 million Americans live behind bars — one out of every 100 citizens — and in many states, prisons have become a critical part of the economy. So critical, in fact, that some states find it hard to balance their budgets when the inmate population drops.

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[DIGEST: New Civil Rights Movement, Clarion Ledger, Buzzfeed]

Wednesday evening, the Mississippi Senate approved a sweeping anti-LGBT religious freedom measure. Republican lawmakers hold a majority in both chambers; they believe the bill addresses issues created for people of faith by the Supreme Court's 2015 marriage equality ruling.

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