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148 Years Later, Mississippi Adopts 13th Amendment
(Fox News) - File this under "I thought they did that already."
Due to a procedural glitch the last time around, the Mississippi government this month formally ratified the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery.
It comes a bit late. The amendment was adopted by the U.S. in 1865.
But, like several other states whose delegations opposed the measure at the time -- New Jersey and Kentucky included -- Mississippi subsequently voted to ratify the amendment. That vote happened in 1995.
But, as reported in The Clarion-Ledger, a key step was never taken and the ratification was not made official.
The newspaper reported how Dr. Ranjan Batra, an associate professor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, looked into the issue after watching the Steven Spielberg movie "Lincoln." He, along with another UMC colleague, discovered that the state did not officially notify the U.S. archivist in 1995 as required.
Batra's colleague, according to the newspaper, then called the Mississippi secretary of state, who at last sent the needed paperwork to the National Archives.
According to The Clarion-Ledger, the Federal Register wrote back on Feb. 7 to confirm that "with this action, the State of Mississippi has ratified the 13th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States."
Posted: Tuesday, February 19 2013, 10:48 AM CST
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In tornado's wake, worried parents seek out kids
May 21, 2013 08:28 GMT
By NOMAAN MERCHANT Associated Press
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- Parents and guardians of children whose elementary schools were damaged in the deadly tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City area are hoping for happy reunions.
At least 20 children are among the more than 50 reported dead so far in Moore, an Oklahoma City suburb ravaged Monday afternoon by a tornado with winds up to 200 mph. Officials said early Tuesday the death toll could rise by as many as 40.
Many parents seeking their children gathered at a suburban church, listening intently as someone with a bullhorn called out the names of children who were being dropped off. For many families, the ordeal ended in tears of joy. Others were left to wait in the darkness, hoping for good news while fearing the worst.
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