Musgrove Clears the Air

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Gov. Ronnie Musgrove filed qualifying papers Wednesday afternoon to run for a second term. But he told reporters that he had contacted College Board members in the past couple of weeks about becoming president of Delta State University.

Musgrove said he will stay in the governor's race and will not apply for the Delta State job.

Musgrove, of Batesville, became governor in 2000. Saturday is filing deadline for candidates seeking statewide offices. The general election is Nov. 4.

Musgrove angered some trial lawyers, including some of his top donors, by calling a tort reform special session last fall.

Musgrove will face plaintiff's attorney John Arthur Eaves, Jr., of Jackson and two lesser-known candidates in the Aug. 5 Democratic primary. Eaves ran unsuccessfully for Third District congressman in 1996.

Former Republican National Committee Chairman Haley Barbour of Yazoo City also is running for governor.