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Miss renews water-rights battle with Memphis

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The U.S Supreme Court is asking the Obama administration to weigh-in on whether to allow Mississippi to filed a new lawsuit alleging Memphis, Tennessee, is stealing water from the state.

The Supreme Court on Monday invited Solicitor General Don Verrilli's office to file a brief on behalf of the U.S. government. Verrilli is the No. 2 official in the Justice Department and is the chief courtroom lawyer for the executive branch.

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Rap and a revolution


“I’m not here looking for followers, I’m looking for new leaders,” conscious rapper Talib Kweli proclaimed in a freestyle as a capacity crowd crammed into Fubar, 3108 Locust St. in St. Louis, on the afternoon of Sunday, October 12.

He was the main attraction for a full day of hip-hop to feed the souls of those who gathered in the area to demonstrate for Ferguson October over the weekend entitled “Hip-Hop and Resistance” but also known as Hip-hop 4 Change.

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Against all odds: The King brothers

King Brothers

It’s been almost 50 years since Charles and Tony King became the first and only black siblings to play on the same professional football team with the Buffalo Bills in 1967 of the then American Football League.

Charles, a defensive back was a high draft pick in 1966 and his brother Tony, a flanker and multi-position player joined him on the Buffalo Bills team in 1967, thus making them the first black siblings to play on the same team.

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Haslam says no secret to positions in second term


FRANKLIN, Tenn.— Republican Gov. Bill Haslam says he sees little reason to make explicit declarations about his positions on issues in order to claim a mandate in a second term.

Haslam faces political unknown Democratic nominee Charlie Brown, who has reported no fundraising activity since joining the race. Given the expected wide margin of victory, observers have questioned why the governor has decided to run a feel-good ad narrated by children instead of seeking political insulation for controversial issues like his support of Common Core education standards, a modified plan for Medicaid expansion and an overhaul of Tennessee's gas tax.

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Mavs used balanced offense to beat Grizzlies


DALLAS (AP) — Tyson Chandler's off-season work on his shot was apparent on Monday night.

Chandler scored 14 points and added a game-high eight rebounds in the Dallas Mavericks' 108-103 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies.

The center's eight points in the first quarter included two jump shots from near the foul line.

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