Keenum: State flag will continue to fly at Mississippi State

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State University's president says while he supports removing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, it will continue to fly on the Starkville campus.

According to the Mississippi Press (http://bit.ly/1ktjiw6 ), Mark Keenum says the state flag is just that — the state's flag. He says when he arrived at MSU in 2009, there were several state flags flying on campus that are still there today.

The presidents at the University of Mississippi and the University of Southern Mississippi have ordered the state flag be removed from their campuses. Keenum said Monday he has no plans to issue a similar order.

Keenum made the comments while visiting a local high school.

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Information from: The Mississippi Press, http://www.gulflive.com