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Time to change Mississippi flag, Steve Earle says in song

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JACKSON, MS (AP) - Country rockers Steve Earle & The Dukes have recorded a new song exhorting Mississippi to remove the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag.

The single, "It's Time, Mississippi," goes on sale Friday as a fundraiser for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Earle, a Virginia native, sings that he comes from a "long, long line / of a Rebel strain / but the wind has changed."

Old South symbols have been widely debated since the June 17 massacre of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.

The Confederate battle flag was removed from state Capitol grounds by lawmakers in South Carolina and the governor in Alabama. But Mississippi continues to fly the state flag it has used since 1894, with the rebel emblem in one corner.

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