The debate over the presence of the Confederate battle emblem on the Mississippi flag continues, and state business and political leaders are starting to debate what the economic impact of keeping -- or changing -- the flag might be. Participants in an innovation and technology conference held in Jackson yesterday and today gave MPB's Desare Frazier their takes on the issue.
Steven Campbell is a Mississippi native now living in Atlanta and working for a technology company. He said the flag as it is presents a problem.
Lee Fisher is the head of CEOs for Cities. He said a message of inclusion would help Mississippi attract business.
Gov. Phil Bryant spoke at the technology conference. He said the decision to change the state flag remains with Mississippi's citizens.
The two-day Tech Jackson Conference is wrapping up today. Leaders from the tech industry have gathered in the capital city to discuss technology, innovation and inclusion. Jonathan Holifield and Rhea Williams-Bishop participated in the conference. They spoke to us about the need for inclusive competitiveness in Mississippi when it comes to economic development.
All but 10 of Mississippi's circuit clerks are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but one clerk is resigning due to her deeply held religious beliefs. As MPB's Paul Boger reports some conservative lawmakers are examining ways to stop any more gay marriages from taking place in the Magnolia state.