Supporters of the proposed new Mississippi state flag, foreground, vie for placement with supporters for the current flag bearing the Confederate battle emblem, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., on April 3, 2001. Voters decided later that month to remain the last in the nation to prominently display a Confederate battle emblem as part of its flag; but now, in the wake of the shooting that killed nine black people in a South Carolina church, Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn is calling for the removal of the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag. Rogelio Solis AP
Supporters of the proposed new Mississippi state flag, foreground, vie for placement with supporters for the current flag bearing the Confederate battle emblem, at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., on April 3, 2001. Voters decided later that month to remain the last in the nation to prominently display a Confederate battle emblem as part of its flag; but now, in the wake of the shooting that killed nine black people in a South Carolina church, Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn is calling for the removal of the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag. Rogelio Solis AP

Top lawmaker: Remove Confederate sign from Mississippi flag

June 22, 2015 08:02 PM